Changes to Saskatchewan's privacy legislation came into effect on January 1, 2018 with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2017 (FOIPP) and The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2017 (LAFOIPP).

“The coming into force of this legislation will modernize access and privacy in Saskatchewan and ensure we are consistent with other Canadian jurisdictions,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “We thank the Information and Privacy Commissioner for working with us on these changes, and look forward to continuing to work with him to maintain the appropriate balance between access and privacy in Saskatchewan.”

In our community, it shouldn't mean a lot of changes.  

"Freedom of information legislation has been prominent in most of the other provinces throughout the country for many years," explained Estevan Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "And this province has opted to follow suit. What it is, is it gives people the ability to make a request. It doesn't necessarily guarantee that they're going to get that information. There are caveats where the police can withhold information. For example, in an active investigation, if it would put somebody else at harm."

Ladouceur added that this is not a new practice for the Estevan Police Service. 

"The other part of this is it's not something new for us. We have often cooperated with people when they've said, "Can I get a copy of my statement?" or "Can I get a copy of my accident report?""

"We've been doing this for years. And even in this province, we've been doing it for years, it's just come in the form of somebody making that phone call or sending us a letter asking for that request. The only thing this is doing a little different is it's legislating it. It's not an option to say no, you have to look at each case individually and say, "Are we legally bound to release this?" And if so, what needs to be vetted from that information to protect the identify of certain individuals."

He used the example of if you are involved in an incident where others are also involved and they want copies of that report. 

"We still have to protect your information. We can't just give out that copy of the report which may contain your home address and phone number and things like that. So that information would need to be vetted."

"We've always been a transparent organization, that's my philosophy. This is a public service and certainly if the public has questions, we welcome them."

Ladouceur also mentioned that information will be on their new website that they hope to launch in February. 

Some of the amendments include:

  • a duty for government institutions and local authorities to assist applicants in obtaining information and a duty to protect personal information;
  • extension of the privacy requirements under FOIPP to MLA and cabinet ministers’ offices;
  • extension of LAFOIPP to include police services;
  • increasing the penalties for offences; and
  • creation of a new offence for snooping by an employee of a government institution or local authority.


More Local News

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide