Canada has an access-to-information system in name only
The Treasury Board is quietly conducting a long-promised review of the Access to Information Act, which governs how Canadians can obtain records held by the government. Unfortunately, these consultations appear to be more of a public relations exercise than a serious effort to improve Canadians’ right to access.
Unlike in past consultations, the Treasury Board is not releasing any kind of green paper or other consultative document to chart a course for the reforms, nor has the government sought independent expert advice.
Under the law, the government has 30 days to respond to access to information requests, but new data shows that Ottawa meets that deadline just 30 per cent of the time. Link to video Read more at https://globalnews.ca/news/9340073/delay-delay-delay-mps-seek-fix-to-canadas-broken-access-to-information-system/
In the event of an undue processing delay, applicants can follow-up with the IRCC in several ways before requesting an Order of Mandamus from Federal Court. Read more at https://www.lawnow.org/what-to-do-if-your-visa-or-immigration-application-is-delayed/
See the importance of the consent form based on this legal case (Victoria Moshinsky-Helm v Minister of National Revenue) regarding an ATIP request. https://www.mondaq.com/canada/income-tax/1180006/victoria-moshinskyhelm-v-minister-of-national-revenue-guidance-from-a-canadian-tax-lawyer-on-judicial-review-of-a-cra-decision-regarding-former-spouse39s-income-records Victoria Moshinsky-Helm v Minister of National Revenue