Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy at Alberta Health

The Alberta Health Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office ensures compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act as it relates to: access to information; protection of privacy and personal information; access and privacy education; and requests for the correction of personal information. The Office also:

  • Manages access requests for information in the custody and control of its 19 affiliated Schedule 1 Public Bodies.
  • Represents Alberta Health regarding appeals or investigations initiated by an applicant or the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC).

Your rights under the FOIP Act

  1. You have a right to access Alberta Health’s records, subject to specific and limited exemptions.
  2. Your personal privacy is protected as the FOIP Act regulates the way Alberta Health collects, uses, and discloses personal information.
  3. You have a right to access information that Alberta Health has about you.
  4. You have the right to request a correction of information that Alberta Health has about you.
  5. You have a right to request an independent review of decisions made by Alberta Health.

How to make an access request

Any records in the custody and control of Alberta Health may be asked for with a written request. When making the access request, you will have to specify what information you are seeking. All requests require either the Request to Access Information form PDF icon or the Request to Correct Personal Information form PDF icon to be completed and mailed in.

Do I have to pay for an access request?

Yes. There is an initial $25.00 application fee for General Requests. However, there is no application fee for Personal Information Requests, Health Information Requests, Corrections to Personal Information, and Routine Disclosure Requests

Additional fees may be charged for researching and processing costs. For these requests, a Fee Estimate will be provided to the applicant. A fee may be waived if it meets specific criteria.

How long does an access request take?

Requests will be responded to within 30 calendar days. The response will either provide access to the requested record, or notify you that the information cannot be released under specific provisions of the FOIP Act.

For requests that involve a large number of records, require an extensive search, or a consultation with an external third party, the time limit can be extended. If Alberta Health requires a time extension, you will be notified of this within 30 calendar days of making your request.

Can I make an appeal?

Yes, if you are not satisfied with the handling of your request or the access decision made by Alberta Health, you can appeal the decision by contacting the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta.

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
# 410, 9925 - 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J8
Telephone: 780-422-6860
Toll Free: 1-888-878-4044
http://www.oipc.ab.ca/pages/home/ 

Where do I send the forms?

Alberta Health FOIP Office
P.O. Box 1360, Station Main
Edmonton, AB  T5J 2N3
Telephone: 780-422-5111
Fax: 780-422-5813 

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