OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Information Commissioner Suzanne
Legault's 2011-2012 annual report highlights her office's success in
closing nearly 1,500 files during the year—many of which were very
complex and involved sensitive information. The report was tabled in
The past year saw a small improvement in the performance of federal
institutions in their fulfillment of their obligations under the Access to Information Act. "While the access to information system remains fragile," she adds,
"many institutions are showing that they want to achieve better results
"This year, I made a conscious decision to tackle some of the most
difficult complaints I had on file," Legault says. The cases in
question include complaints focused on sensitive information associated
with national security, defence and international affairs, as well as
large groups of complaints against the Canada Revenue Agency and the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
"After seeing improvements in institutions' performance, we stepped up
our attention on these complex cases. As this report shows, we
developed or enhanced a number of strategies to effectively investigate
these complaints," Legault adds.
However, the report states that recent budget cuts in addition to the
2010 operating budget freeze risk compromising our ability to deal with
demands of our current inventory. Any unexpected event that would
impact the office's workload would create significant financial
pressures on the organization.
"In light of limited resources and the increased complexity of the
complaints we receive, the collaboration of institutions will be even
more crucial to the successful operation of the oversight model set out
in the Act." Legault says.
The report also summarizes noteworthy investigations and important legal
cases over the year that raised issues of significance for the
interpretation of the Act and access to information in general.
SOURCE: Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
For further information:
The report is available on the OIC website: www.oic-ci.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr_ar-ra.aspx.
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