Annual Report to Parliament 2016-2017
Access to Information Act

Part III – Annual Statistical Report

Part 1: Requests Under the Access to Information Act

1.1 Number of requests
  Number of Requests
Received during reporting period 676
Outstanding from previous reporting period 106
Total 782
Closed during reporting period 652
Carried over to next reporting period 130
1.2 Sources of requests
Source Number of Requests
Media 127
Academia 38
Business (private sector) 111
Organization 26
Public 213
Decline to Identify 161
Total 676
1.3 Informal requests - Completion Time
1 to 15 Days 16 to 30 Days 31 to 60 Days 61 to 120 Days 121 to 180 Days 181 to 365 Days More Than 365 Days Total
73 340 127 17 2 0 0 559

Note: All requests previously recorded as “treated informally” will now be accounted for in this section only.

Part 2: Requests Closed During the Reporting Period

2.1 Disposition and completion time - Number of requests
Disposition of Requests Completion Time
1 to 15 Days 16 to 30 Days 31 to 60 Days 61 to 120 Days 121 to 180 Days 181 to 365 Days More Than 365 Days Total
All disclosed 8 51 3 3 0 0 0 65
Disclosed in part 7 93 54 81 25 8 10 278
All exempted 1 8 0 3 0 0 0 12
All excluded 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 8
No records exist 70 78 3 1 1 0 0 153
Request transferred 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 85
Request abandoned 33 17 0 0 0 0 1 51
Neither confirmed nor denied 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 207 248 60 92 26 8 11 652
2.2 Exemptions
Section Number of Requests
13(1)(a) 10
13(1)(b) 3
13(1)(c) 9
13(1)(d) 0
13(1)(e) 0
14 72
14(a) 0
14(b) 0
15(1) 56
15(1) - I.A.Table note i 1
15(1) - Def.Table note ii 0
15(1) - S.A.Table note iii 0
16(1)(a)(i) 3
16(1)(a)(ii) 0
16(1)(a)(iii) 2
16(1)(b) 4
16(1)(c) 1
16(1)(d) 0
16(2) 3
16(2)(a) 1
16(2)(b) 0
16(2)(c) 4
16(3) 0
16.1(1)(a) 1
16.1(1)(b) 3
16.1(1)(c) 0
16.1(1)(d) 0
16.2(1) 0
16.3 0
16.4(1)(a) 0
16.4(1)(b) 0
16.5 0
17 0
18(a) 13
18(b) 6
18(c) 0
18(d) 0
18.1(1)(a) 0
18.1(1)(b) 0
18.1(1)(c) 0
18.1(1)(d) 0
19(1) 166
20(1)(a) 0
20(1)(b) 5
20(1)(b.1) 0
20(1)(c) 20
20(1)(d) 1
20.1 0
20.2 0
20.4 0
21(1)(a) 162
21(1)(b) 128
21(1)(c) 19
21(1)(d) 19
22 2
22.1(1) 12
23 191
24(1) 5
26 3
2.3 Exclusions
Section Number of Requests
68(a) 13
68(b) 0
68(c) 0
68.1 0
68.2(a) 0
68.2(b) 0
69(1) 16
69(1)(a) 10
69(1)(b) 0
69(1)(c) 0
69(1)(d) 9
69(1)(e) 31
69(1)(f) 4
69(1)(g) re (a) 32
69(1)(g) re (b) 0
69(1)(g) re (c) 16
69(1)(g) re (d) 16
69(1)(g) re (e) 21
69(1)(g) re (f) 10
69.1(1) 0
2.4 Format of information released - Number of requests
Disposition Paper Electronic Other Formats
All disclosed 19 46 0
Disclosed in part 54 224 0
Total 73 270 0

2.5 Complexity

2.5.1 Relevant pages processed and disclosed
Disposition of Requests Number of Pages Processed Number of Pages Disclosed Number of Requests
All disclosed 3,052 3,401 65
Disclosed in part 95,759 38,061 278
All exempted 8,879 0 12
All excluded 106 0 8
Request abandoned 187 0 51
Neither confirmed nor denied 0 0 0
2.5.2 Relevant pages processed and disclosed by size of requests
Disposition Less Than 100 Pages Processed 101-500 Pages Processed 501-1,000 Pages Processed 1,001-5,000 Pages Processed More Than 5,000 Pages Processed
Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed
All disclosed 59 1,636 5 989 1 776 0 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 166 4,293 65 9,282 22 8,994 24 14,127 1 1,365
All exempted 6 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
All excluded 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Request abandoned 50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neither confirmed nor denied 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 289 5,929 72 10,271 26 9,770 26 14,127 1 1,365
2.5.3 Other complexities - Number of requests
Disposition Consultation Required Assessment of Fees Legal Advice Sought Other Total
All disclosed 13 0 0 4 10
Disclosed in part 175 3 4 36 169
All exempted 0 0 4 0 6
All excluded 5 0 0 2 7
Request abandoned 2 2 0 2 8
Neither confirmed nor denied 0 0 0 0 0
Total 195 1 4 49 249

2.6 Deemed refusals

2.6.1 Reasons for not meeting statutory deadline
Number of Requests Closed Past the Statutory Deadline Principal Reason - Number of requests
Workload External Consultation Internal Consultation Other
15 9 0 4 2
2.6.2 Number of days past deadline
Number of Days Past Deadline Number of Requests Past Deadline Where No Extension Was Taken Number of Requests Past Deadline Where An Extension Was Taken Total
1 to 15 days 2 3 5
16 to 30 days 0 1 1
31 to 60 days 0 2 2
61 to 120 days 0 3 3
121 to 180 days 0 0 0
181 to 365 days 0 2 2
More than 365 days 0 2 2
Total 2 13 15
2.7 Requests for translation
Translation Requests Accepted Refused Total
English to French 0 0 0
French to English 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0

Part 3: Extensions

3.1 Reasons for extensions and disposition of requests - Number of requests
Disposition of Requests Where an Extension Was Taken 9(1)(a) Interference With Operations 9(1)(b) Consultation Section 69 9(1)(b) Consultation Other 9(1)(c) Third-Party Notice
All disclosed 4 0 2 0
Disclosed in part 103 70 44 1
All exempted 3 0 0 0
All excluded 0 5 0 0
No records exist 3 0 2 0
Request abandoned 1 1 1 0
Total 114 76 49 1
3.2 Length of extensions - Number of requests
Length of Extensions 9(1)(a) Interference With Operations 9(1)(b) Consultation Section 69 9(1)(b) Consultation Other 9(1)(c) Third-Party Notice
30 days or less 52 5 14 0
31 to 60 days 42 25 19 1
61 to 120 days 11 46 9 0
121 to 180 days 1 0 2 0
181 to 365 days 4 0 5 0
365 days or more 4 0 0 0
Total 114 76 49 1

Part 4: Fees

Fee Type Fee Collected Fee Waived or Refunded
Number of Requests Amount Number of Requests Amount
Application 616 $3,080 36 $180
Search 0 $0 0 $0
Production 0 $0 0 $0
Programming 0 $0 0 $0
Preparation 0 $0 0 $0
Alternative format 0 $0 0 $0
Reproduction 0 $0 0 $0
Total 616 $3,080 36 $180

Part 5: Consultations Received From Other Institutions and Organizations

5.1 Consultations received from other Government of Canada institutions and organizations
Consultations Other Government of Canada Institutions Number of Pages to Review Other Organizations Number of Pages to Review
Received during reporting period 455 19,460 5 106
Outstanding from the previous reporting period 55 7,336 0 0
Total 510 26,796 5 106
Closed during the reporting period 466 26,469 5 106
Pending at the end of the reporting period 44 327 0 0
5.2 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other Government of Canada institutions
Recommendation Number of Days Required to Complete Consultation Requests
1 to 15 Days 16 to 30 Days 31 to 60 Days 61 to 120 Days 121 to 180 Days 181 to 365 Days More Than 365 Days Total
Disclose entirely 22 37 18 4 1 0 0 82
Disclose in part 24 97 82 42 17 10 0 272
Exempt entirely 2 12 11 3 0 0 0 28
Exclude entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Consult other institution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 69 6 8 0 0 1 0 84
Total 117 152 119 49 18 11 0 466
5.3 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other organizations
Recommendation Number of Days Required to Complete Consultation Requests
1 to 15 Days 16 to 30 Days 31 to 60 Days 61 to 120 Days 121 to 180 Days 181 to 365 Days More Than 365 Days Total
Disclose entirely 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Disclose in part 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Exempt entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exclude entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Consult other institution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 5

Part 6: Completion Time of Consultations on Cabinet Confidences

6.1 Requests with Legal Services
Number of Days Fewer Than 100 Pages Processed 101-500 Pages Processed 501-1,000 Pages Processed 1,001-5,000 Pages Processed More Than 5,000 Pages Processed
Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed
1 to 15 8 144 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 to 30 15 207 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 to 60 20 297 16 1,719 0 0 0 0 0 0
61 to 120 5 73 5 421 0 0 0 0 0 0
121 to 180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
181 to 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 48 721 23 2,144 0 0 0 0 0 0
6.2 Requests with Privy Council Office
Number of Days Fewer Than 100 Pages Processed 101-500 Pages Processed 501-1,000 Pages Processed 1,001-5,000 Pages Processed More Than 5,000 Pages Processed
Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed
1 to 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 to 30 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 to 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
61 to 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
121 to 180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
181 to 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Part 7: Complaints and Investigations

Complaints and Investigations
Section 32 Section 35 Section 37 Total
44 18 2 64

Part 8: Court Action

Court Action
Section 41 Section 42 Section 44 Total
0 0 0 0

Part 9: Resources Related to the Access to Information Act

9.1 Costs
Expenditures Amount
Salaries $1,364,395
Overtime $0
Goods and ServicesProfessional services contracts $312,416
Professional services contracts $283,097
Other $29,319
Total $1,676,811
9.2 Human Resources
Resources Person Years Dedicated to Access to Information Activities 
Full-time employees 18.19
Part-time and casual employees 0.00
Regional staff 0.00
Consultants and agency personnel 0.00
Students 0.00
Total 18.19
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