OTTAWA, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today announced the addition of the Oshawa Port Authority to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. This addition now makes the port authority subject to the legal requirements of the Acts.
Canada Port Authorities were created to operate Canada's national ports in order to provide stability and facilitate an efficient and competitive national ports system. While these port authorities are autonomous entities that operate on a commercial basis at arm's length from the federal government, they are expected to be accountable and open to Canadians.
Today's addition of the Oshawa Port Authority is consistent with the standards of transparency and public accountability to which all Canada Port Authorities are held.
- The Government of Canada created the Oshawa Port Authority in 2012. Prior to that, it was the last Harbour Commission in Canada (originally created in 1960).
- The Access to Information Act gives every Canadian citizen, permanent resident and individual or corporation present in Canada the right to access records—in any format—that are held under the control of a government institution subject to certain specific and limited exceptions.
- The Privacy Act protects the privacy of all Canadian citizens and permanent residents regarding personal information held by a government institution. However, it gives these individuals, including those in Canada who are not permanent residents or citizens, the right to access their own personal information.
- Access to information or privacy requests to the port should be directed to the following address:
| Oshawa Port Authority
1621 Simcoe Street South
Canada L1H 8J7
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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