Making a request under the Access to Information Act
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.
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.
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 your request online
Using the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request service is a fast, easy and convenient way to submit a request. 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.
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 mail or email
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.
Complete the RCMP's Access to Information Request Form (PDF document) and mail it to the address below. If you can't download or print the form, you may also submit a letter clearfixly indicating that your request is being made under either the Access to Information Act or Privacy Act, and describe the following:
- The records you are seeking. Be as specific as possible. For example, give a date range, location and detailed subject matter.
- Your preferred method of receiving the records (copies sent electronically or by mail).
- Your email address or telephone number in case there are questions.
- Your name, street address, city or town, province or territory and postal code.
You must include enough information about the records you wish to access to allow an experience employee of the RCMP, with reasonable effort, to find the records being requested.
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.
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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