Moving forward with Privacy Act modernization

Conclusion and next steps

This stage of the engagement has provided Justice Canada with a greater understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners’ perspectives on ideas for potential changes to the Privacy Act’s foundational principles and rules that play a significant role in governing information sharing between federal public bodies and Indigenous governments and organizations. We will rely on the invaluable input received so far to inform policy proposals and help identify the best way for a modernized Privacy Act to better reflects the needs and expectations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

We are committed to further engaging First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners on the modernization of the Privacy Act. In particular, we will be considering appropriate next steps for additional engagement with partners, which could include discussions on more detailed rules and complex questions to support any potential initial changes made to modernize the Act, as well as other relevant policy ideas that could come before or after the tabling of a bill. We will keep partners apprised of the next stage of the engagement.

We have shared this report with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners that were invited to participate in the engagement and are making it available to all to be transparent, to continue building a common ground for further discussion, and to be an open invitation to other Indigenous partners who would like to participate in this engagement going forward.

We welcome any new First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners who want to participate in our next engagement to write us directly at the following email address: You may also contact us by postal mail at:

Privacy Act Modernization Initiative
Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON., K1A 0H8