FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has established dates upon which educational and local government bodies will come under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Government Services Minister Craig Leonard made the announcement today.

"The dates for compliance under the act were selected after discussions with universities, municipalities and other affected parties," said Leonard. "As part of our decision, we also considered the recently announced reforms in local governance and school district reform."

Universities, community colleges, municipalities, local service districts and rural communities will come under the act on Sept. 1.

Schools, school districts and district education councils will come under the act on Oct. 1.

Local boards, including water and waste water commissions and regional service commissions will come under the act on April 1, 2013.

As it has for much of the past year, the provincial government will continue to provide training on the requirements and application of the legislation and related procedures to educational and local government bodies.

"We have been across the province providing training for people at the request of communities," said Leonard. "The provincial government is working in collaboration with municipalities, universities and other affected bodies to ensure we meet our collective commitment to transparency and accountability."

The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act has been in force since Sept. 1, 2010. Extending the legislation to include educational and local government bodies is intended to demonstrate the provincial government's commitment to openness within all parts of the public sector.

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