Government of New Brunswick
Q1. What is the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act?

The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RTIPPA) is legislation that governs how public bodies collect, use and disclose information. The act is based on the principles of transparency, accountability, and openness. It aims to strike a balance between the public’s right to know and individuals’ right to privacy.

           

Q2. What organizations does the Act apply to?

The Act applies to most publicly-funded bodies within the New Brunswick provincial public sector. Public bodies subject to RTIPPA include: provincial government departments and agencies, schools (K-12) and school districts, hospitals and health authorities, Crown corporations, community colleges, universities, municipalities, municipal police forces, and other local government bodies.

RTIPPA does not apply to either federal bodies (e.g. the RCMP), or to any private businesses or associations.

       

Q3. Why is the Act under review?

The Act requires that a ministerial review be undertaken within four years of it coming into force (it was proclaimed on September 1, 2010). The review started in August 2014, and a report will be submitted to the Legislature by August 2015. This review will help identify what’s working and what improvements can be made. 

         

Q4. Will there be an opportunity to give feedback?

Yes. The Department is seeking feedback from stakeholders, which includes the general public, and the public bodies who are subject to the act. The consultation website includes a discussion paper and links to annual reports, etc. People can give their feedback by mail, phone, fax, email, online, or contact us to arrange a meeting. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015.

RTIPPA Legislative Review
Department of Government Services
P.O. Box 1998
Fredericton NB E3B 5G4

     

Email: info.priv@gnb.ca
Fax: (506) 444-3228
Phone: (506) 444-4180

Q5. Is the RTIPPA review connected with the review of the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act (PHIPAA)?

No. PHIPAA is the responsibility of the Minister of Health; RTIPPA is the responsibility of the Minister of Government Services.

Both Acts govern the collection, use and disclosure of information, but address different types of information, different stakeholders and different clients.  RTIPPA applies to all information held by public bodies including “personal information,” while PHIPAA applies only to “personal health information.”

      

Q6. What outcome should we expect from this review?

A summary report of the review will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by August 31, 2015. This report may lead to changes in information handling practices or possible amendments to the legislation. The ultimate goal is to continuously improve the right to information and protection of privacy system and, in turn, increase the openness and transparency while still protecting the privacy of the public.