Privacy & Information Management Training

Mandatory privacy and information management training is provided for government employees and contractors and service providers.

These courses explain how and why you must:

  • Understand and support personal information and privacy awareness
  • Handle personal and confidential information responsibly
  • Prevent information incidents in the workplace, including privacy breaches

Note: Government has made amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) which received Royal Assent on November 25, 2021. For more information about these amendments,  please see here

Information sessions are being held for public body privacy and information management senior leaders and practitioners in late 2021 and early 2022. Content will include an overview of the changes, implementation requirements and where to find support resources.

If you are interested in attending, please register via the appropriate link for your subject area below.

Training Session Schedule for FOIPPA Amendments
Date Audience
December 1 BC Government Ministries
December 2 Post-Secondary Institutions
December 7 K-12 School Districts
December 8 Health authorities and related health representatives
December 8 Local governments and municipalities
December 9 Agencies, Boards and Crowns
December 9 Executive-level public body representatives
December 15 All ministries and public bodies
January 12 All ministries and public bodies
January 26 All ministries and public bodies

Future sessions will be scheduled as needed.


Mandatory Training for Government Employees and Government Contractors and Service Providers 

Government Employees

There is a mandatory course offered to government employees:

Contractors & Service Providers

All government contractors and service providers who collect or create personal information must complete Privacy and Information Sharing: Awareness Training for Contractors and Service Providers.

The Step-By-Step Guide: Contractors (PDF) explains the steps required in order to successfully complete the Privacy and Information Sharing: Awareness Training for Contractors and Service Provider course.

Additional Training

Attend a Training Session

Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

  • No sessions are scheduled at this time

If you are interested in attending an upcoming training session, email the Privacy and Access Helpline at privacy.helpline@gov.bc.ca.

Request a Training Session

You can request customized privacy training delivered in person or by webinar. This training is offered on a cost recovery basis. You’ll only be charged for any costs incurred to offer the training, such as travel and accommodation expenses, not for the presenter’s time. Below is a list of sessions available by subject: 

  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Personal Information Protection Act
  • Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Information Incidents

To request a dedicated training session, complete and submit a training request intake form (PDF)

Get Privacy Certified!

The British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program (BCIP) offers comprehensive privacy training designed specifically for the provincial public sector. It’s for employees committed to protecting privacy and those preparing for a career in information privacy. Employees who want a better understanding of how privacy – and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – impacts their work will also benefit.

For more information and to learn how to register, see the British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program page.

Please note that the British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate is only offered to the B.C. government at this time. If you wish to be on the mailing list should the certificate program be offered more broadly, please email privacy.helpline@gov.bc.ca.