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 made amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) which received Royal Assent on November 25, 2021. Learn more about FOIPPA amendments.

FOIPPA Foundations Course

FOIPPA Foundations is a free, interactive, online course on privacy and access fundamentals in BC for public body employees in the broader public sector, as well as BC government employees and contracted service providers.  

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 FOIPPA Foundations and retain a copy of the certificate of course exam completion for their records.

The Step-By-Step Guide for Contractors explains what is required in order to successfully complete the FOIPPA Foundations 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.