Access to Information

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990 (FIPPA) is provincial legislation that came into effect on January 1, 1988. On January 1, 2012, Hospitals in Ontario were added to the list of public bodies to which the Act applies.

The Act has two main purposes:

• To make public bodies more open and accountable by providing the public with the right of access to records; and
• To protect personal information from unauthorized collection, use or disclosure by public bodies.
The Act applies to records in the custody or control of the Hospital.  Upon request, certain records must be made available, subject to limited exemptions as provided for in the Act.


You do not always need to submit a formal Freedom Of Information request to access information from the Hospital.  BGH has provided a large selection of information on our web site already, and we may be in a position to provide additional information without the need for a formal request.  

If the information can be found without a formal request, this saves you and the Hospital a great deal of time and money.  To review our public documents online, please click here to access our Public Documents Library.

If you do wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please refer to our How to Make a Request for Information page for further details on making a request.

If you cannot find the information that you seek online, you may request the information informally by making a direct request to the department or area of the hospital that you think may have what you’re looking for.  Or, you may also make informal requests to any member of the Senior Leadership Team by using the contact information below:

Julie Caffin  Jodi Hunter
Vice President &
Chief Nursing Executive
Chief Privacy Officer 
613-345-5649 ext. 1199 613-345-5649 ext. 1112

Additional Information

How to Make a Request for Information
How to Request a Correction of your Personal Health Information