B.C. NDP government imposes $10 fee on freedom-of-information requests

The regulation applies to requests made to many public bodies, including Crown corporations, health authorities, police departments, and local and regional governments.

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      It's official: anyone who files a freedom-of-information request is going to have to fork out some money to find out what's in the government's files.

      That's because on November 26, Citizens' Service Minister Lisa Beare and the presiding member of cabinet, Environment and Cliimate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman, signed Order in Council No. 644.

      It states that the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulation has been amended to allow for a $10 application fee.

      Journalists were appalled last month when amendments were introduced to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to allow a blanket fee to be charged. Some suspected that this would be set at $25.

      In 2018-19, the Ministry of Citizens' Services reported that there were 7,622 general FOI requests and 4,633 personal FOI requests to the provincial government in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

      If there are the same number of requests over the next 12 months, that would generate $122,500 in provincial government revenue.

      The regulation also applies to requests made to many other public bodies, including Crown corporations, health authorities, police departments, and local and regional governments.

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