Managing Government Information Policy
The Province of British Columbia is the steward of a significant amount of government information, including data and records. The Managing Government Information Policy (PDF, 317.3 KB) is meant to help ministries understand their information management (IM) obligations and must be considered in conjunction with:
- applicable legislation, including but not limited to the Information Management Act (IMA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA);
- the Core Policy and Procedures Manual, specifically Chapter 12: Information Management and Information Technology Management;
- directives and guidelines issued by the Chief Records Officer (CRO) under the IMA; and
- corporate policies, standards and strategic direction issued by government, including the Standards of Conduct for BC Public Service Employees, the Draft Principles that Guide the Province's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Province's Digital Principles, and policies and standards issued by Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).
The Managing Government Information Policy sets out ministry obligations for managing government information, specifically as they relate to IMA requirements. Policy requirements are established for the full lifecycle of information, from creation and use to classification, scheduling and appraisal through to preservation and storage or transfer and disposal. This policy is a must read for all BC government employees who have a significant IM role.
The Records and Information Management Manual (in revision) details standards, processes and procedures that can support IM and ministry adherence to the requirements detailed in the Managing Government Information Policy.