Making a request under the Access to Information Act

The purpose of the Access to Information Act is to provide a right of access to records under the control of a government institution to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or any individual or corporation present in Canada. If you don't meet these criteria, you may have an individual or corporation in Canada make the request on your behalf.

All government records may be requested under the Access to Information Act.

Cost

There is a $5.00 processing fee. Please include payment by cash, cheque or money order (payable to The Receiver General of Canada) with your request.

Submit a request

There are three ways to make an Access to Information Act request:

  • Option 1: Online, through the Government of Canada's online portal.
    or
  • Option 2: Complete the RCMP's Access to Information Request form and mail to the address below.
    or
  • Option 3: Write a letter describing the information you are seeking and mail it to the address below:
    • you must include enough information about the records you wish to access to allow an experienced employee of the RCMP, with a reasonable effort, to find the records being requested
    • any details you can provide, such as the location, nature and time frame of the records, will help the RCMP to process your request

Note: Ideally, requests for access to personal information, which are free, should be made under the Privacy Act. However, if you have decided to request records of your personal information under the Access to Information Act (which cost $5) instead of the Privacy Act, you will need to provide the same information as for a Privacy Act request.

Mail your form or letter to:

RCMP Access to Information and Privacy Branch
73 Leikin Drive, Mail Stop #61 Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R2

Non-personal information about RCMP employees

Non-personal information (which may be requested under the Access to Information Act) includes employment information of an individual working for the federal government such as:

  • job classification/functions of a position/job title
  • work-related correspondence
  • details of employment contract, including salary range
  • work telephone and fax number
  • security level of a position

Information about the RCMP

The Access to Information Act was established to provide a right to seek access to (or copies of) documents held by an organization. The act does not make provisions for organizations to create new records or to answer specific questions.

Complaints

Anyone requesting information from an ATIP office has the right to file a complaint to the Information Commissioner at the address below in relation to their request, for example, if they:

  • are not satisfied with the response they received from the RCMP
  • have a complaint about how the RCMP collected, used, disclosed, retained and/or disposed of their personal information
Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Quebec K1A 1H3 www.oic-ci.gc.ca
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