British Columbia (Canada)

Name of law: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
First adopted: 1996


Despite regressive amendments in 2021 that cost BC several points on the Rating, BC's law remains one of the stronger ones among the Canadian provinces, and is roughly equivalent to the strength of the federal law (keeping in mind that Canada's law is not particularly strong, falling in the middle range of countries on the RTI Rating). In comparison with international standards, several key issues remain, particularly around the imposition of an application fee, problems in the exceptions regime including exceptions which are not harm tested, and poor promotional measures.