Make a request under the access to information act

Who can make a request?

The following individuals may request access to information under the Access to Information Act:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents
  • any individual or corporation in Canada  

The Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (the Agency) is committed to limiting the disclosure of information that could lead to the identification of an applicant.

How do I make a request?

Requests under the Access to Information Act must be written clearly to allow for an effective search to be carried out. Otherwise, a request for clarification will be sent to the applicant before the request can be processed.

Submitting your request online

You can submit your request online using the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request. You will be able to pay for the application fee using your credit card or debit card.

Submitting your request in writing

You can submit your request in writing by including the following:

  • a duly completed, dated and signed access to information request form OR a sufficiently detailed written request, dated and signed
  • the applicable $5 fee (cash, cheque or money order payable to the Receiver General)

Note that additional fees could be requested for reproducing records or transferring them to an alternative format, programming, research or preparation. Consult the Access to Information Regulations for details.

Requests including all of the necessary elements must be sent to the following address:

Access to Information and Privacy Office
800, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest, bureau 500
Montréal (Québec) H3B 1X9

Request processing times

The Agency aims to comply with the Access to Information Act, which stipulates that the requested records must be released within 30 business days.

Under the Access to Information Act, government institutions may extend the time limit beyond 30 days where:  

  • a request interferes with government operations because it involves a large number of documents or requires a search through a large number of records
  • consultations are required
  • a third party must be notified that the institution intends to disclose information to whom it relates 

Commitment to assist applicants

The Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec complies with the ten principles for assisting applicants set out in the Directive on the Administration of the Access to Information Act :

  1. Process your request without regard to your identity.
  2. Offer reasonable assistance throughout the request process.
  3. Provide information on the Access to Information Act , including information on the processing of your request and your right to complain to the Information Commissioner of Canada.
  4. Inform you as appropriate and without undue delay when your request needs to be clarified.
  5. Make every reasonable effort to locate and retrieve the requested records under the control of the government institution.
  6. Apply limited and specific exemptions to the requested records.
  7. Provide accurate and complete responses.
  8. Provide timely access to the requested information.
  9. Provide records in the format and official language requested, as appropriate.
  10. Provide an appropriate location within the government institution to examine the requested information.  

Additional sites or information

Access to Information

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Resources for Users

Contact Details

Access to Information and Privacy Office
800, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest, bureau 500
Montréal (Québec) H3B 1X9
Phone: 514-283-8176
Toll-free number: 1-866-385-6412

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