Access to Information Requests
The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIP) is a provincial Act that aims to strike a balance between the public’s right to know and the individual’s right to privacy.
The City of Saskatoon is a local authority and strives to operate in an open and transparent manner providing individuals with access to records in the possession or control of the City with limited and specific exceptions.
If you are seeking information, the information can usually be provided routinely. You will not need to provide a written request for the information and the information is more often than not provided relatively quickly. To find out if the information you want is routinely available, contact the City Department that you believe has the information. If the department you contact doesn’t have the information you want, you will either be directed to the department that does or, if the information is not routinely available, you will be directed to the Access and Privacy Management Program with the City Clerk’s Office to make a formal access to information request under the Act.
The majority of information held by the City of Saskatoon can be accessed through the normal release of information by staff, without using the Act. Examples of this include: answers to questions related to departmental operations, open agendas, open minutes, bylaws, publications, policies and procedures.
A formal request for recorded information is a formal process to access records that are not routinely available. Unlike routine requests, the formal request must be made in writing. The request should provide sufficient detail to assist staff in locating/retrieving the records.
Formal requests and $20 access fee for records should be forwarded by mail to:
Access and Privacy Management Program
Office of the City Clerk
City of Saskatoon
222 – 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5
Tel: (306) 975-3240