The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) establishes a general right of access to records held by municipal government, local agencies, school boards and commissions, using these principles:
A generic request form for filing a request for information can be obtained on the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario website at Request Form FIPPA/MFIPPA.
There is a mandatory $5.00 application fee that must be paid when submitting a Freedom of Information request. Additional fees may be incurred under Section 45 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Please be advised the $5.00 application fee cannot be waived and is non-refundable.
Additional costs for searching, photocopying, severing etc. may apply to a request.
The Board responds to a request within 30 days of receiving the request and the $5.00 application fee. For requests that involve a large number of records, require an extensive search, or consultation with an external third party, the time limit can be extended.
Where a request involves a large number of records or requires an extensive search for records, the Board will provide you with a time extension or a fee estimate based on the estimated number of hours it will take staff to search for the records.
Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite a request. A note may be written on the request form that records are needed urgently, however, there are not guarantees a response will be made available before the 30-day time frame.
Requests may be submitted in person or by mail at the school board's business office at:
Durham Catholic District School Board
650 Rossland Road West
Oshawa, ON L1J 7C4
Attention: Privacy Office
For more information, call our Board's Privacy Office at call 905-576-6150 ext. 22317.