Making a request under the Access to Information Act

Note

We have put exceptional measures in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of our employees so they can continue to protect Canadian communities. These demands have further impacted our capacity for processing ATIP requests. As a result, there may be significant delays in responding to during this period. We are working hard to provide Canadians with information in a timely manner and continue to make every effort to meet our responsibilities under the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act.

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The purpose of the Access to Information Actis to provide a right of access to general records under the control of a government institution to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or any individual or corporation present in Canada. It's not for accessing your own personal information. If you don't meet these criteria, you can have an individual or corporation in Canada make the request on your behalf.

The Act provides a right of access to records under the control of a federal institution. It does not make provisions for institutions to create new records or to answer specific questions.

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

Cost

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

Before making a request for information

Before making an access to information request, you can search the summaries of access to information requests for records that have already been released by the Government of Canada to see if you can find what you are looking for there.

You may also be interested in visiting the Government's Open Government Portal.

Submit your request online

The easiest way to submit a request is by using the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request service. It's fast and convenient. This service allows you to make online requests for information instead of having to print, scan, mail or email a paper form.

The Government of Canada's online portal lists the information you should have on hand before submitting 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.

Make a request by email or mail

If you can't make a request online, you can complete the RCMP's Access to Information Request Form and email it to atipb@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or mail it to the address below. If you can't download or print the form, you may also submit a letter clearly indicating that your request is being made under the Access to Information Act and describe the following:

  • The records you are seeking. Be as specific as possible.
  • Your preferred method of receiving the records (copies sent electronically or by mail).
  • Your email address or telephone number in case we need clarification.
  • Your name, street address, city or town, province or territory and postal code.

Note

You must include enough information about the records you wish to access to allow an experienced employee of the RCMP, with reasonable effort, to find the records being requested. For example, give a date range, location and detailed subject matter. You can also include the units, detachments and/or divisions that hold the records, as well as details of the subject the records relate to.

Mail your form or letter to:

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

Requests for third-party information

If you are requesting information that belongs to a third-party, you need to provide a letter that gives consent from the third-party.

Examples of general records

Some non-personal information that can be requested includes:

  • memoranda, briefing notes
  • emails
  • invoices, budgets
  • meeting agendas
  • investigation files
  • intelligence reports
  • audit reports

Some exemptions to this right of access exist to protect certain interests. For example:

  • information on national security and law enforcement
  • trade secrets
  • solicitor-client privilege
  • personal information
  • advice to Ministers

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

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