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.
Read more at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canada-has-an-access-to-information-system-in-name-only/
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
OTTAWA - The Justice Department should not have told an MP it would take six years to respond to his request for documents about plans to ensure the safety of online platforms, the federal information watchdog has ruled. Read more at https://www.therecord.com/ts/politics/2022/04/28/info-watchdog-raps-justice-department-over-six-year-access-to-information-extension.html