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

The Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) came into effect on January 1, 1991. This Act applies to municipalities, local boards, agencies and commissions.

The Act requires that local government organizations protect the privacy of an individual’s personal information existing in government records. It also gives individuals the right to request access to municipal government information, including most general records and records containing their own personal information. However, the Act is not intended to regulate standard business practices of providing information relevant to daily operations.

The Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) came into effect on November 1, 2004.  It sets out rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information (PHI). These rules apply to all health information custodians (HIC) operating in Ontario and to individuals and organizations that receive PHI from health information custodians.

The Act balances individuals’ right to privacy with respect to their own PHI with the needs of persons and organizations providing health care services to access and share this information.

The Regional Corporation is the health information custodian (HIC) for those departments collective PHI with the exception of the Medical Officer of Health who is the HIC for the Health Department.

As a government organization the Region of Durham must comply with MFIPPA and PHIPA. The Regional Clerk, in the role of MFIPPA Coordinator for the Region is responsible for administering MFIPPA. The Regional Clerk is also the contact person for the Region and the Medical Officer of Health who is an agent of the HIC.

For additional information on the Act or how requests for access to information are processed at the Region, view the MFIPPA brochure (PDF) or contact Records and Information Management staff through Legislative Services at 905-668-7711, or toll free at 1 800-372-1102 or by email at clerks@durham.ca.

You may also download and complete the following form for a request to access information: