Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act) is provincial legislation put in place to ensure access is available to records and personal information and to control how information is collected in disclosed. The FOIP Act aims to strike a balance between the public’s right to know and the individual’s right to privacy in regard to information held by the Town.
Submit a FOIP request: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Request Application. Beginning in 2023, the Town of Cochrane posts all Freedom of Information responses except those containing personal and confidential information. https://www.cochrane.ca/2311/Freedom-of-Information-Releases-and-Stat
Not sure if your request falls under FOIP? Contact the FOIP Office at FOIP@cochrane.ca.
We encourage you to contact the FOIP office first, before sending in your FOIP Form. We may be able to assist you by either:
a) letting you know if the information you want is public information and can be accessed by you without a request; or
b) helping you to clarify your request before you file it, which may reduce the costs of your request and/or the time to process it.
Right to Request Information
Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act), any person has the right to request information that is in the custody and control of the Town of Cochrane, including their own personal information. Individuals may also request a correction of their personal information if it is inexact, ambiguous, or incomplete. Public bodies routinely release a majority of their information. As this information is already available, FOIP is not required. FOIP is meant to complement existing practices for the release of information.
If you require further information, visit the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta. https://oipc.ab.ca/