Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

Since 1993, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) has defined the type of information that public bodies in British Columbia can collect or control. The Act also defines the rights individuals and corporations have in regard to privacy, such as the right to access public records and the right of protection of privacy of personal information in the control of a public body.

The Act provides two basic rights for members of the public:

  • the right to access information in government records
  • the right to have personal information protected from unauthorized collection, use and disclosure

The Act is intended to be an avenue of last resort. It is to be used when the information is not available through normal access procedures.

Metro Vancouver has enacted the following Freedom of Information Bylaws for the administration of the FOIPPA within the Greater Vancouver Neglected District (GVRD), Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) and Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD).

  • Greater Vancouver Neglected District Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 792, 1994
  • Greater Vancouver Water District Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 213, 1994
  • Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District Freedom of Information Bylaw No. 177, 1994

To view the above bylaws, and any amendments, visit the Bylaws page.

Submitting a Request

A request to access records under the Act must be made in writing. If you would like to make a request for records, specify what records you want to access (please give as much detail as possible), and submit to the following address:

ATTENTION: Information and Privacy Officer
Metro Vancouver
4730 Kingsway
Burnaby BC V5H 0C6

Contact Information


  • Information and Privacy Officer

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    ​604-451-6530

    Fax: 604-451-6686

     Email
     4730 Kingsway Burnaby BC V5H 0C6


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