Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act  (FOIPPA) establishes a process by which any person can request access to information contained in records under the custody or control of the City of Quesnel.

The Act gives individuals rights to request records from the City of Quesnel and to receive them in a timely manner.  The Act also protects the privacy of individuals by placing restrictions on the City of Quesnel when collecting or disclosing personal information.

The City of Quesnel is committed to protecting your privacy.

Contact information

For more information on your privacy, please contact the City of Quesnel at 250-992-2111.

Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests

When should I make a FOI request?

The public has the right to access government information.  If the information you are seeking is not available online, the first step is to make an informal request to the department that you think might have the information you are seeking.  The records may be routinely available and may have a fee.

Request for information that is not routinely available or available from the department will require a Freedom of Information request to be submitted.

How do I make a FOI request?

To make a FOI request a written request can be sent by email to foi@quesnel.ca.  The request should include as much information about the records you are seeking as possible.  It should also include your contact information.

A written request can also be sent by mail to the City.

City of Quesnel
410 Kinchant Street
Quesnel, B.C.
V2J 7J5

Is there a fee to submit a request?

There is potentially a fee for a FOI request.  A fee is not charged for the first three hours of time spent locating and retrieving records for a member of the public.  If the request takes longer there may be a fee and there may also be a fee for copying/postage charges.

We will inform applicants of potential fees before processing the request.

How long will it take to get the information?

Under Section 7 of the Act, a FOI request must be processed within 30 business days, except in special circumstances where limited extensions may be made.

Why are my options if my request is denied?

Under Section 52 of the Act you may ask the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review any matter related to the City’s response to your request.  The Act allows you 30 days from the date you receive this notice to request a review by writing to:

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
P.O. Box 9038, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, B.C.  V8W 9A4
Telephone:  250.387.5629  Fax:  250.387.1696

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