Welcome to the FOIP Website

This website provides information to help public bodies comply with Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act). Public bodies include all provincial government departments, agencies, boards and commissions. It also includes local public bodies such as municipalities, universities, school boards and others.

The FOIP Act does not apply to private businesses, non-profit organizations or professional regulatory organizations operating in Alberta. In these cases, Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) may apply. For information about PIPA, visit the Private Sector Privacy website.

Important Information About FOIP Act Timelines

On April 9, 2020, Public Health Act order temporarily changed the FOIP Act timelines. On June 15, 2020, the State of Public Health Emergency ended and the FOIP Act timelines returned to normal on August 15, 2020.

The modified timelines for the FOIP Act established in the Public Health Act order are no longer available for public bodies to use; although the timelines and extensions of the modified rules continue to remain in effect for the specific requests on which they were taken.

Public bodies are no longer able to take a time extension specifically for reasons of the pandemic COVID-19; the only extensions available as of August 15, 2020 for any active request are those that existed in the FOIP Act before April 9, 2020.

Response due dates and extensions for all new requests received on or after August 15, 2020 are subject to the provisions of the FOIP Act before the modifications that resulted from the April 9, 2020 Public Health Act order.


The HelpDesk answers questions and provides general information about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). We do not process access requests or have access to any records. For contact information for public bodies who answer specific questions about their access and privacy responsibilities check the Find a FOIP Office page of this website. To contact the FOIP-PIPA HelpDesk call 780-427-5848.


You can make your FOIP request for General or Personal information to any Government of Alberta Department through the MyAlberta eServices page: Make a Request for General or Personal Information to Government of Alberta Departments Online.

For General requests, please read Completing a General Access Request and Submitting a General Access Request before submitting your request online. For Personal requests, please read Completing a Personal Request and Submitting a Personal Request before submitting your request online.

You may also visit the Access to Records page for more information.




2018-19 Annual Report

The 2018-19 Annual Report and Statistics are now posted. Visit the Resources page to view.