December 3, 1997

Outline of the Commissioner's Presentation to the Four-Year Review Committee on the Role and Responsibilities of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia



Table of Contents/Order of Presentation

Topic Presenter Page
I. Introduction David Flaherty,
Commissioner
N/A
II. Requests for Review Lorrainne Dixon,
Director, Information and Privacy
1
III. Complaints Mary Carlson,
Portfolio Officer
2
IV. Investigation Reports Kyle Friesen,
Portfolio Officer
3
V. Informing the Public Pamela Smith,
Research and Communications Officer
4
VI. Providing Advice Lorrainne Dixon,
Director, Information and Privacy
5
VII. Statistical Overview Lorrainne Dixon,
Director, Information and Privacy
6
VIII. Orders David Flaherty,
Commissioner
7
IX. Site Visits David Flaherty,
Commissioner
8
X. Conclusion David Flaherty,
Commissioner
N/A
XI. Appendices: N/A
Office Organizational Chart 9
Sample Financial Statement 10


Requests for Review




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Complaints

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Investigation Reports


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Informing the Public


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Providing Advice


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Statistical Overview


General Statistics

CASE TYPE 1995-1996 1996-1997 Apr - Sept. 1997
Requests for Review 887 933 496
Complaints 114 115 31
Public Bodies' Requests for Time Extensions 107 85 47
Legislative or Policy Consultations 8 76 83
Site Visits 22 56 34
Freedom of Information Requests to the OIPC 18 47 16
Investigations 8 23 16
Requests for Section 43 Authorizations 2 8 5
Non-Jurisdictional/No Reviewable Issue* 213 182 137
Other ** 57 233 148
Total 1436 1758 1013

* NON-JURISDICTIONAL CASES include complaints against private sector organizations or professionals (such as doctors, dentists, lawyers, insurance companies, and banks), and federal government agencies. They may also include complaints against public bodies covered by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act but where the concern is not a freedom of information or protection of privacy issue.

NON-REVIEWABLE ISSUES are different from non-jurisdictional issues in that they do pertain to freedom of information or protection of privacy concerns and involve public bodies over which the Office has jurisdiction. However, the issues are considered non-reviewable because the applicant has requested a review before the public body has made a decision or has otherwise had an opportunity to make a decision.

** OTHER includes:

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Commissioner's Orders

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Site Visits

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Office Organizational Chart

OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER
FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

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Sample Financial Statement

BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR THE 1996/1997 FISCAL YEAR

Total Salaries and Benefits					$1,877,491
Total Operating Costs $741,968
Total Asset Acquisitions $34,541
Total Grants and Contributions $1,000
Total Recoveries ($25,000)
Total Voted Expenditure* $2,630,000

*The 1996/1997 voted expenditure provided for a staff of 25.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner's 1996/1997 Expenditure Target reflects the annual operating costs and the funding required to achieve the goals of an expanded jurisdiction.

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR FISCAL 1996/1997

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