Apply to access information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act (Form 1)

You can apply to access information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act. The information needs to be held by government or a public sector body.

Use Application for Access to a Record (Form 1) to apply to access information held by government or public sector body under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act. Or use the form as an example and prepare your own documents. If you prepare your own, you need to include all details outlined on the form.

If you’re requesting your own personal information, you will usually get it.

Exempt from Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy requests

If you’re requesting administrative or general records, some of the information may be held back. In these cases, the information is exempt from being released under the law.

Exemptions include:

  • cabinet records
  • certain pieces of law enforcement information
  • records that can prejudice intergovernmental relations
  • records or information that include recommendations or advice
  • personal information that could invade the privacy of an individual
  • certain records supplied in confidence by a third party
  • most labour relations records
  • privileged legal advice
  • confidential business information

Access information that’s already been released

The government posts responses to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy requests on the Information Access website. This includes all Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy responses that have been approved for publication and have met a specific set of criteria .

Help with your request

Information Access and Privacy Services can answer questions about the application process, help identify what information is held by which public sector body, or let you know if you can get the information you want without making a formal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy request.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply to access information from government departments and public sector bodies (Tourism Nova Scotia, Develop Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Business Inc.).

How to apply

  1. Check the Information Access website to see if the information you’re looking for has already been released.
  2. Complete the application or prepare your own documents if the information you’re looking for is not on the Information Access website.
  3. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Include payment with your application if you’re asking for information that’s not about yourself.
  5. Send your completed application or prepared documents, supporting documents and payment by mail or email.

How long it takes

It should take 2 to 5 days to hear back that your request has been received. The government department or public sector body you hear back from will let you know how long your request should take to complete. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Government departments and public sector bodies have 30 days to respond to your request for records. They can extend it up to 60 days if you’ve requested a large volume of records or if they need to consult with third parties.

Cost

There is no cost if you’re requesting or correcting information about yourself.

It’s $5 if you’re requesting information that’s not about yourself.

There may be an additional cost if you’ve requested a large volume of records or if the department or public sector body (Tourism Nova Scotia, Develop Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia or Nova Scotia Business Inc.) needs to consult with third parties.

Payment options

Cheque, money order, cash. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

Before you start

Make sure you:

  • identify the information or records you want and provide as much detail as possible
  • identify which department or public sector body (Tourism Nova Scotia, Develop Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia or Nova Scotia Business Inc.) holds the information or records

Application form