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) will apply. For information about PIPA, visit the Private Sector Privacy website.

Individuals wishing to make a complaint about a public body's response to their freedom of information request or the improper handling of their personal information by a public body should contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Alberta by phoning 1-888-878-4044 or visit the Commissioner's website (external link) for more information.


New FOIP Training Calendar Available

The 2015-16 FOIP Training Calendar is now available. Courses are available to current employees of a public body, including volunteers, and persons in a contract or agency relationship with the public body. For course information, including dates and how to register, see the Instructor-Led Training page or download the Training Calendar


New Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Templates Available Online

Two FOIP Act PIA Template versions have been developed.

The PIA-Provincial is intended for Government of Alberta Departments, Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

The PIA-Local is also available for Alberta’s Local Public Bodies including schools, municipalities, libraries, and Metis Settlements.

Launched at the 2015 Access and Privacy Conference in Edmonton on June 10, 2015, the templates are a tool designed to assist FOIP subject matter experts in assessing and ensuring privacy compliance for their public bodies is met. Ongoing workshops are planned – stay tuned for more information about monthly workshops launching over the summer months.