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Freedom of Information

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) establishes a general right of access to records in the possession of municipal government, and the protection of the collection and storage of personal information and who we can give it to.

You can make an FOI request to OSM Township by completing the Freedom of Information Request Form and paying the mandatory $5.00 application fee.

FOI requests can be submitted electronically or by mail, but will not be processed until the fee is paid.

The $5.00 fee can be paid by cash, cheque or debit in person at the Township Office, 20 Third Street, Keene, ON, K0L 2G0.

Once your FOI request is complete you will be advised by way of the contact information provided on the application form.

If you are not satisfied with the decision made by the Municipality, you can file an appeal with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC).

To make an appeal to the IPC you must, within 30 calendar days of receiving the decision, complete the IPC's appeal form and also send:

  • a copy of your original request for information;
  • a copy of our decision letter; and
  • a fee payable to the “Minister of Finance”. The appeal fee is $10 for personal information and $25 for any other kind of information.

These materials should be sent to:
Registrar, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

Public records are available to anyone and can be released without a formal request.

Examples of public records include:

  • Council and General Committee minutes
  • By-laws
  • Policies and procedures
  • Municipal budget documents

Many reports and other municipal records are freely available.

Search our website or contact the department responsible for the document first to see if you can have it without making a formal request.

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