FOIP for Elected Officials: What every Elected Official/Appointee Needs to Know

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This course is a self-managed awareness training opportunity. It is intended to provide elected officials, councilors, trustees, and appointees a basic overview of the concepts of information access and privacy in relation to Alberta’s privacy legislation. A certificate of completion will be produced upon completion of all lessons.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) adds to all the other rights of individuals and organizations with respect to the access to information and protection of personal information within local public bodies.

If you are not a FOIP Coordinator, councilor, trustee, appointee, elected official, or a “head” of a municipality, please refer to the The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) training as it is Alberta’s private sector privacy law.

This course will equip you with an understanding of the the following:

  • The Role of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC).
  • Overview of FOIP (and its regulations) and who it applies to.
    • Council Obligations
  • Why (protecting) Privacy is important.
    • Plus: Privacy in a Pandemic (Emergency)
  • Why (right to) Access is important.
    • How to make an Access Request (Step By Step)
  • Privacy Breaches: Know the Risks
  • What Albertans/Canadians think about Privacy.
  • How FOIP relates to Collecting Personal Information.
  • How FOIP relates to Using Personal Information.
  • How FOIP relates to Disclosing Personal Information.
  • Records Management
    • Employees (records) and FOIP.
  • FOIP and Paramountcy
  • FOIP Commonly asked Questions for Councils
  • Overview CASL: Understanding Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
  • Overview Copyright Act as it relates to FOIP
  • Resource Links


  • *NEW & FREE OIPC of Alberta Resource HERE

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1-3 Hours

Difficulty: Beginner

Course Instructor

Shannyn Rus Shannyn Rus Author

Shannyn's strong academic background and passion for strategic information management systems make her a highly capable advisor for those seeking to integrate legislation compliance with real-world experience and management. Shannyn is a skilled advocate and educator of Canada's Access and Privacy Legislation. In addition to her Human Services degree, Professional Investigators and IAPP Certificates, she is certified with the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals at Professional (CIAPP-P) Status. Shannyn is a former municipal Councilor, frequent conference presenter and leads thought-provoking training sessions for public, health, public and private sectors in communities across Alberta.

Course Enrollment


FOIP Access Request Statistics

The Tales of Shannon and Shannyn

Copyright Act

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Collection of Personal Information

Use of Personal InformationĀ 

Disclosure of Personal Information

Disclosure of Information in Archives

The Role of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

What else in the Act?

Privacy in a Pandemic (Emergency)