The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act provides for an independent review of decisions made by the head of a public body under the Act.
If an applicant or a third party is not satisfied with certain decisions made by a public body in matters that affect them, they have the right to make a complaint to the Office of the Ombud. In certain instances, they may opt instead to take the complaint directly to a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench. Complaints can be made by filling out and submitting the appropriate form found in the (Regulations) and following the procedures set out below.
Note: If you file a complaint with the Ombud, you cannot also refer that same matter to a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, and vice versa.
If you submitted a Right to Information Request, you may file a complaint with the Office of the Ombud within 40 business days after the date you were notified of the decision from the public body, or the date of the act or omission (as the case may be) if: