Access to Information and Protection of Privacy

In 1996, the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly passed the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Act demonstrates the government’s commitment to providing open, accessible and accountable government to the people of the Northwest Territories.

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act gives individuals the legal right to access information held by Northwest Territories public bodies. The Act also gives individuals the right to see the information the government has about themselves and to request corrections to that information. Information may be withheld only if it falls under one of the limited and specific exceptions set out in the Act. The Act also provides for the protection of personal information collected and held by public bodies and provide for access and correction of this information by the people about whom it relates and conditions for when a public body may disclose it.

The Act complements other procedures for obtaining government information. It is intended to be used as a final option and does not limit or replace existing procedures for access to government information or records.

The Department of Justice provides the following information on Access to Information and Protection of Privacy:

For more information, please contact:

Records and Access Coordinator
Information Services
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Phone: (867) 920-6921
Fax: (867) 873-0280