The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) came into force on May 4, 1998. It was significantly amended as of January 1, 2011. FIPPA replaced the Freedom of Information Act that had been in force since September 1988.
FIPPA applies to public bodies, including provincial government departments and agencies, as well as local public bodies which consist of educational, health care and local government bodies. The act governs access to information held by public bodies and sets out requirements that public bodies must follow to protect the privacy of personal information.
For more information on the legislation, see the Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage FIPPA web pages at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/fippa/ which post resources for the public and public bodies, including the Manitoba Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Resource Manual prepared by Manitoba Justice and Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage. The "Application for Access" form is available at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/fippa/appforms.html.
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