Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requests granted by the City of Winnipeg are being published online in a move to further open the transpraredness of the local government.
The announcement Monday coincided with the launch of Right to Know Week, raising awareness of an individual’s right to access government information.
“By proactively disclosing all of the information we can to the public, we are demonstrating our commitment to ensure access to civic government public documents has become the default, rather than the exception,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.
“The public has a right to know and I am proud that the city clerk’s department and public service have collaborated to take the important steps to continue building a more open and transparent City for our citizens.”
Over 82 percent of FIPPA applications received by the city in 2015 have been granted in whole or in part. Those withheld may have been required so under law or to protect the safety and security of individuals, law enforcement or property.