When looking for public information, the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RTIPPA) is intended to be used as a last resort. In most cases, information you are looking for can be obtained by contacting the appropriate public body or by checking out their website, where many reports and other materials are made available. If you are still unable to get the information you are looking for, you can make a request under the provisions of RTIPPA.
RTIPPA does not replace existing procedures for accessing any information that is normally available to the public. Also, if a certain type of documentation is already available for a fee, such as a birth certificate or a driver abstract, the documents cannot be accessed under RTIPPA. You must follow the regular processes for obtaining these types of records.