The City of Saskatoon will acknowledge Right to Know Week from September 26 - October 2.
Recognized nationally, the week is meant to raise awareness about the right of all citizens to access information held by public bodies and the benefits of transparent, open and accountable government. Right to Know Day, which promotes freedom of information worldwide, is recognized internationally on September 28.
The City of Saskatoon as a municipal government strives to operate openly and transparently when providing members of the public with access to records in the possession or control of the City. Requests for Access to Information are governed by The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP). The Act's established rules strike a balance between the public’s right to know and the individual’s right to privacy through:
- Freedom of Information: Improving openness and accountability of the City through the provision of legislated rights of access to municipal records; and
- Protection of Privacy: Preventing unauthorized collection, use or disclosure of personal information by the City.
The right of access to information belongs to everyone and is a key enabler for making it easier to request information and documents held by the City.
In its commitment to continuous improvement, the City has made several enhancements to the Access to Information webpage. These include the addition of convenient online submission forms for requesting access to information and paying associated fees online, a more detailed overview of associated costs, Frequently Asked Questions and dedicated pages on the various types of information that can be requested namely:
For more information on requesting information from the City, how LA FOIP works and the protection of privacy, visit saskatoon.ca/accessinformation, contact the City Clerk’s Access and Privacy Officer at 306-975-3240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.