Your request may take up to 30 business days.
Online identity verification now available:
The BC Services Card enables citizens to access government services safely and securely. If you are submitting a personal FOI request and you have a BC Services Card, you can now receive your response package electronically! Log in with your BC Services Card to verify your identity so that you don’t have to pick up your personal FOI request package in person at a government office. Start your FOI request now to learn more!
Submitting a Personal FOI request for a child under the age of 12 years:
Submitting a Personal FOI request for an adult or a child aged 12 or older:
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information
There may be instances where you need to make a personal Freedom of Information request on behalf of someone else through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). This could be for a child or disabled adult that you provide care for, or it could be a client you’re representing.
This same act gives you the right to retrieve your own personal information, free of charge, while protecting the personal privacy of other citizens. You cannot make an FOI request to retrieve the personal information on behalf of someone else – even your own child – without proof of your authority to act on that person’s behalf, or their signed consent to disclose to you.
From the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulation
Who may act for an adult
4 (1) In this section, “representative” means any of the following persons:
(a) A committee appointed under the Patients Property Act;
(b) A person acting under a power of attorney;
(c) A litigation guardian;
(d) A representation acting under a representation agreement, as defined in the Representation Agreement Act.
(2) A representative of an adult may act for the adult in relation to any of the following sections
of the Act:
(a) Section 5;
(b) Section 10 (1) (d);
(c) Section 26 (d);
(d) Section 27 (1) (a) (i);
(e) Section 29 (1);
(f) Section 30.1 (a);
(g) Section 32 (b);
(h) Section 33.1 (1) (b).
(3) A representative of an adult may exercise a power granted to the representative under subsection (2) of this section only if the power is within the scope of the representative’s duties or powers.
Here are some frequently used forms for Freedom of Information requests.
Request access to another person's information held by the B.C. government.