Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)

The fundamental purpose of the freedom of information process (FOI) is accountability to the public.  The spirit is to create an open and accountable government by providing as much information as possible to the public, while ensuring that their personal privacy is protected.​

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is a piece of legislation that gives individuals the right to request access to information, including most general records and records containing their own personal maintained by the City of Barrie.

The Act also provides for the protection of personal information that has been collected by the municipality.  The Act is based on the principles that:

  • Information should be made available to the public;
  • Individuals should have access to their own personal information;
  • Exceptions to access should be limited and specific;
  • The privacy of individuals with respect to the personal information the municipality collects and maintains shall be protected; and
  • Decisions on access to government information may be appealed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC/O).

Under the Legislation, the ‘Head’ of the Corporation is responsible for decisions made under the Act. For the City of Barrie, City Council has delegated the responsibilities and powers of performing the duties as the ‘Head’ within the meaning of the Act to the City Clerk.

Copies of the legislation are available on-line at the following websites:

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

 Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Please note that requests for police records for incidents within the City of Barrie are not held by the City and should be directed to the Barrie Police Service.  For more information, please visit the Barrie Police website (scroll to Freedom of Information section at the bottom of the page).

Looks like your screen is a bit too small

The page you are attempting to view is not currently compatible with the dimensions of your device. Please visit this page on a larger screen.