Access to Information for Municipalities

Cenera, with the sponsorship and endorsement of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, presents a series of one-day training workshops on access to information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) specifically designed for municipalities in BC.

The workshops will provide detailed description and analysis of the legislative right of access standards, allowable exceptions, search and severing procedures, fees and response logistics, personal information access requests, requests for correction, and third party notices.  We will identify and deal with specific records and analysis challenges that municipalities must commonly face when processing FIPPA requests, such as:

  • Relationships between FIPPA and BC municipal government legislation;
  • Determining when records of meetings can be withheld;
  • Distinguishing between personal and municipal information of elected officials and employees;
  • Identifying privacy or business interests when disclosing development permits or planning documentation;
  • Requests for landowner information;
  • Establishing interests of third parties supplying reports and recommendations to a municipality;
  • Open government initiatives and proactive disclosure;
  • Withholding complaints, concerns, or questions submitted by residents.

All workshops are led by expert, experienced access and privacy professionals. The courses are highly interactive and will make use of scenarios, examples and participants’ input to enhance the learning experience. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

For more information, contact

Personal information collected during the registration process will only be used for the purposes of registering you and processing your payment for the course, based on your deemed or implied consent. Please contact Rick Klumpenhouwer at 800.387.8797 if you have any questions or objections about how your information is being collected or used.

Space is limited, so please register early!

On-site Training

We can also come to you. Consider staging this workshop anytime at your own facilities for your own staff or in conjunction with other local municipalities. Up to 30 participants can attend for a flat fee of $3,000 plus travel expenses.

About the Instructors

Kelly Harms, BA, MAS has been an information management professional for over 17 years, working extensively with BC municipalities in developing and managing access and privacy and record management programs. He is an experienced and effective speaker and training, and for many years has delivered freedom of information and privacy (FOIP) seminars to public bodies throughout BC.

Joan Dunlop, BA, LLB, CIAPP/P has been a FOIP analyst with a major police service and now works with a wide range of provincial and local government bodies as a FOIP consultant and expert, assessing and developing access and privacy programs, providing program support, and leading FOIP training sessions in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Rick Klumpenhouwer, MA, MAS, CIAPP/M brings over 16 years of experience as a FOIP Director in a major health region, and as a FOIP expert, consultant, educator, and speaker, for governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, across Canada and internationally.

Class Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (with lunch and refreshments included)

Cost: $290.00 + GST

Upcoming Courses:

No Events