As part of its accountability to the public it serves, the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region prides itself on operations that are open and transparent, consistent with the need to protect the legitimate privacy rights of its patients, clients, residents, and staff.
The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LA FOIP)
is a provincial legislation that provides access to most records under the control of a public body (excluding personal health information) while still protecting the privacy rights of individuals. The Act strives to maintain a balance between the public's right to know and an individual's right to privacy.
How to make an access request
Please contact the Privacy & Freedom of Information Officer to determine how a request will be processed. Often, we can either direct you to where the information exists already or can informally respond to your request without having to engage formal processes.
An applicant (individual/organization) may obtain information if the following conditions are met, providing the information requested is not exempted by the Act:
- The request must be made in writing. The completion of the Access to Information Request Form or a written letter is required. The letter must contain all pieces of information collected within the Access to Information Request Form.
- The application must be specific, so that someone familiar with the subject matter can find the information. We reserve the right to contact the applicant for clarification.
- The application must contain payment of the $20 application fee. If requesting waiver of fees, the appropriate section of the application form must be filled out or the application letter must state appropriate conditions for waiver.
As supported by The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the name of the applicant is kept confidential. It will only be released to those within the organization with a legitimate need to know. Prince Albert Parkland Health Region ensures that all applicants are treated equally and respectfully.
A $20 application fee must accompany each application. Further charges may also apply to locate, retrieve and prepare any documents. The applicant will be advised of an estimate of the applicable fees. Once the fees are received, the requested information will be released, as per the legislation.
In proven situations of financial hardship, a fee waiver can be requested at the time of your request.
Information may be provided without cost to the applicant in specific circumstances. See Section 8 of The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Completed request forms, including the $20 application fee, must be mailed to the Privacy & Access Office:
Privacy & Freedom of Information Officer
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region
Spiritwood SK S0J 2M0
If the Access to Information Request is refused or partially refused, the reasons will be clearly stated in the response, along with notification of the appeal process. The applicant may request that the region’s decision be reviewed by the Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. For further information on this process, please contact:
Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner
503 - 1801 Hamilton Street
Regina SK S4P 4B4
Toll Free Telephone (within Saskatchewan): 1-877-748-2298