Request for Access to Information
The Greater Victoria School District provides access to records and responds to privacy complaints in accordance with B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). Under FOIPPA, you may make a request for access to records in the custody or under the control of The Greater Victoria School District. The Act recognizes that some information should not be disclosed and contains a number of specific exceptions to the public’s right of access.
Amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) received royal assent on Nov. 25, 2021. As part of these changes, the B.C. government introduced a $10 fee for general freedom of information (FOI) requests. A non-refundable application fee of $10 will now applied to all general FOI requests. This fee must be paid before the request will be processed.
Fees may be paid by cheque, cash or money order and made payable to Greater Victoria School District #61 and sent to the Attention of Executive Assistant, Superintendent’s Office.
Processing fees may be charged for:
Please note that additional processing fees may apply to General FOI requests, depending on the size and complexity of the request description. Section 75 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act outlines the processing fees that can be charged for non-personal FOI requests for the following tasks or services:
- locating, retrieving and producing the record;
- preparing the record for disclosure;
- shipping and handling the record;
- providing a copy of the record.
There are no processing fees charged for:
- the first three hours spent locating and retrieving a record; or
- time spent severing (removing) information from a record.
Timeline for General Freedom of Information Requests
A General FOI request may take 30 business days from the date the application fee is received. Additional time may be granted if the request requires an extension due to a large volume of records, additional time is required to consult with public bodies or third parties, or when further communication is required to clarify your request.
To make a request, please send an email to FOI@sd61.bc.ca or write us, addressed as follows:
Attention: FOI (Executive Assistant, Superintendent’s Office)
The Greater Victoria School District No. 61
556 Boleskine Road
Victoria, BC V8Z 1E8