Access To Information

All institutions subject to the Access to Information (ATI) Act are required to post summaries of completed ATI requests within thirty calendar days after the end of each month. Download ATI summaries from key federal institutions below. Moving forward, summaries from additional institutions will be added and enhancements made to improve the dataset. Please note: Requests focusing on personal information or third party proprietary information are not included in the dataset.

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Dataset Resources

Resource Name Format Language Link
Access To Information (UTF8) CSV Bilingual (English and French) Download
Access To Information (Nothing to report) CSV Bilingual (English and French) Download

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Comments

  • rymistri

    2013-06-19

    This is great!

  • Anonymous

    2014-04-20

    But why is it a year out of date!?

  • Data.gc.ca

    2014-05-01

    Thank you for catching that, the label for the dataset was mislabelled as this is a dataset that we update on a regular basis. While it was labeled as a spring 2013 dataset it contains much more recent data. The discrepancy has been addressed and we thank you for your time in pointing out this issue.

  • dan

    2014-08-20

    Just wondering when the data for the Department of Finance for June will be uploaded to this dataset. The HTML listing covers up to June but not the Excel data file (to May 2014). Thanks.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-08-22

    Thank you for your comment. The following response has been posted on behalf of the data owner: "The process of scraping all GC organizations websites for completed ATI summaries occurs on a monthly basis. Since organizations have until the end of the month to post their previous months summaries up on their websites, it is possible that the scraping occurred before the organization posted their latest summaries. This would have delayed their inclusion into the currently available summaries and the downloadable dataset. The data you are looking for should be up on our site before the end of next week".

  • Western historian

    2015-05-12

    This Excel dataset is very useful for researchers, but I have a few questions please: (1) How often is the dataset updated? It says, “Date Modified: 2014-07-28” and “Frequency: Monthly.” Yet I found 3,795 cells with a 2015 date. To avoid confusion I strongly suggest posting a date of creation on each version of the dataset, even in its title. (2) Could you please post a list on this website of all the Canadian agencies that are part of this database? i.e., just core ministries, or others such as crown corporations, boards, et.al. You say, “key federal institutions” are there but which are the non-key ones? “Summaries from additional institutions will be added” – I wonder who and when. (3) I cannot understand the order in which the agencies appear on the dataset (starting with Western Economic Diversification, and Via Rail). Placing them alphabetically A-Z by title would be most useful for browsing. (4) For historians, how far back is it possible to go, i.e., can a similar dataset be created going back to earlier days or even the 1990s, or is it too difficult to produce?

  • Alex Kl

    2015-11-08

    How long does it take to receive a copy of a completed ATIP. I have been waiting for over a week now for my requests. Alex

  • open-ouvert

    2015-11-10

    Hi Alex, I might start by pointing you here for the service standards and exceptions, as well as links to follow up if you have issues: https://atip-aiprp.apps.gc.ca/atip/faq.do?caller=/atip/welcome.do.

  • BechC

    2016-01-19

    Hello, How often is this list updated,and is it still updated?

  • open-ouvert

    2016-01-20

    Thanks for your comment, I have forwarded your question to the data owner, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thom, For the Open Government Team

  • open-ouvert

    2016-01-27

    Hi Bech, We have received a reply from the data owner and the Access to Information dataset is current and is updated monthly. You might also be interested in the search portal at http://open.canada.ca/en/search/ati where you can search by subject or individual institution. Hope this helps, Thom for the Open Government Team

  • Khaled

    2016-01-31

    Hello, I have applied for my ATIP in November 2015, I have received a confirmation for a sent mal in December, but I have not received any mails. What should I do to get these data now? knowhingthat I have checked the list of requests and couldn't find my file number. file number: P-2015-16985

  • open-ouvert

    2016-02-01

    Hi Khaled, It's best to direct your query toward the specific department or agency which owns the data records you are looking for. Here is a link: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hgw-cgf/oversight-surveillance/atip-aiprp/coord-eng.asp Best, The Open Government Team

  • Rickart

    2016-02-26

    I have been trying to acquire statistics from the department of immigration, specifically, in the latest wave of refugees, how many who applied were refused and for what reasons. Needless to say, Immigration has not responded. How do I go about getting timely responses from government ministries?

  • open-ouvert

    2016-02-26

    Thanks for your question, Rickart. There are a couple of options open to you: first, you can check out Completed Access to Information requests summaries to see if your questions have already been answered by specific government departments (http://open.canada.ca/en/search/ati). If your query has not been covered, you can also make an Access to Information request directly to a department's Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Coordinator (http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hgw-cgf/oversight-surveillance/atip-aiprp/coord-eng.asp). There are specified timelines for responses to ATIP requests, so this should address your concern around timely responses. Best wishes, Karin open-ouvert team.

  • James McKinney (bis)

    2016-06-02

    The download URLs for the datasets are 404 Not Found.

  • open-ouvert

    2016-06-03

    Hi James, thanks for flagging the errors. We have updated the URLs, and they should now work properly. If you notice any other issues, let us know!

  • Tom Spears

    2016-06-03

    The way the summaries are displayed has been changed. Each one used to show the basic topic, but now there's just a number and date for each item with no hint about the content. At leas that's how it has started displaying for me, and it was fine a couple of days ago. Could you take a look?

  • open-ouvert

    2016-06-03

    Hi Tom, thanks for your comment. We are experiencing some issues with the ATI pages. The 'Request Summary' and link to make an informal request will be restored shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Matt

    2016-07-05

    Where is Canada Post's ATIs?

  • open-ouvert

    2016-07-11

    Hi Matt, Thank you for your question. Canada Post's ATIs can be found here:https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/pages/aboutus/details.page?article=aticompletedrequests Hope this helps! If you require further information, please do not hesitate to let us know. Tasha, the Open Government Team