Access to Information Training in British Columbia


Presented in partnership with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Access to Information for Local Government

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

The intensive course is specifically designed for local governments in BC, including municipalities, regional districts, improvement districts, local trusts, water users communities, municipal police and emergency services boards, and library boards. Besides FIPPA Coordinators, the content is relevant to the work of a wide range of local government officials, including elected officials, department managers, communications staff, legal or regulatory officials, and information managers.

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;
  • Request for law enforcement information;
  • 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.

Class Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $290.00 + GST (lunch and refreshments included)


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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. Contact Cenera at 800.387.8797 or

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, the cancellation deadline is 15 calendar days prior to the date of the scheduled course.

Refunds will only be provided if written notice is received by Cenera prior to the cancellation deadline. After this, participants may send a substitute in their place, or choose another eligible course in the current Training Calendar.

Collection, Use and Disclosure Purposes

The personal information requested is being collected under the authority of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada) (PIPEDA). Personal information will be collected, used and disclosed only to register you for the courses selected, to provide details about preparations and locations for the course, and to process payments for the course using PayPal. If you voluntarily provide us with personal information in this process, we consider that you have provided implicit consent to collect, use and disclose information for these purposes only, as provided under PIPEDA Schedule 1, s. 4.3.5.

We will also use your contact information to inform you of upcoming courses and services. You may unsubscribe to these the first time you receive one of these notices, or you can unsubscribe now by adding a note in the comments box below.

If you have any questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in this process, please contact Rick Klumpenhouwer, Privacy Officer, at 800.387.8797.

About the Instructors

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.

Chris Harris, BA, LLB, MA, MAPP spent 17 years as the Manager of Information and Privacy for BC Transit and its Lower Mainland successor organization, TransLink, where he developed and administered the organizations’ FOIPP program.  Since his retirement in 2011, Chris has provided FOI consulting services to municipalities, health authorities and third parties. An engaging and passionate presenter, Chris makes every workshop he delivers a memorable and effective learning experience.

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.