Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA)

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the ATIPPA) is designed to create a culture of openness and accountability in the public sector while protecting the personal information of citizens and commercially sensitive information of businesses. It applies to all public bodies (defined in the ATIPPA), including government departments, agencies, health boards, school boards and municipalities. The ATIPPA does not apply to the private sector.

 The purpose of the ATIPPA is:

  • to provide the public with the right of access to records, and
  • to protect the privacy of individuals whose personal information is collected, used and disclosed by public bodies.

 The ATIPPA came into force on January 17, 2005 with the exception of Part IV (protection of privacy provisions) of the Act. The protection of privacy provisions came into force on January 16, 2008. As required by the legislation, the ATIPPA was reviewed in 2010. The Act was subsequently amended in 2012 and the new provisions came into force on June 27, 2012.

Review of the ATIPPA is required every five years. On March 18, 2014, a three-person independent review committee was appointed to undertake the statutory review, including the June 2012 amendments. The ATIPPA 2015 came into force on June 1, 2015 replacing the previous Act.

Members of the public may request information in the custody and control of Western Health. A request form can be obtained at the following link:

Please forward the completed request form to the attention of Sherri Tiller-Park, Regional Manager Information Access and Privacy as follows:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2005
Corner Brook, NL A2H 6J7

Quality Branch
2nd Floor Monaghan Hall

Telephone: (709) 784-5248


Additional information can be found at:

Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office

A copy of the ATIPPA 2015 can be found at: