The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) promotes the general principles that public body information should be available to the public and personal information respecting individuals held by government should not be improperly disclosed.
FOIPPA established a process by which an individual may request access to records held by the District of Sparwood. A "record" by definition in FOIPPA includes "books, documents, maps, drawings, photographs, letters, vouchers, papers, and any other thing on which information is recorded or stored by graphic, electronic, mechanical or other means, but does not include a computer program or any other mechanism that produces records". FOIPPA also provides an appeal procedure involving an independent Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The general right of access to records is restricted by certain specified and limited exceptions. For example, an applicant will not get access to someone else's personal information without their permission or information which would harm third party business interests.
Under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Bylaw 1143, 2014 the Corporate Officer is designated as the Head for the purpose of applying the provisions of the Act and anyone wishing information under this provincial statute is encouraged to call contact staff at 250.425.6271 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.