The short answer is - NO!
This topic shows that individuals do not always have to submit an ATIPP request for government records. Information and records can be provided in other, less formal ways. You may already have existing policies and procedures in place for access to certain types of records in your organization.
The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act gives individuals the right to access records that are in the possession or under the control of a government institution.
However, the Act is not the only way to access government records. In fact, it is not always the best way.
Section 5(2) of ATIPPA specifically states that the Act "is in addition to existing procedures for access to records or information normally available to the public."
In other words, where possible, individuals should be provided access to government information and records without having to submit an ATIPP access request.
Many types of government information are readily available. For example:
Your office will know what records can be made readily available.
It is important to note that the privacy provisions of the ATIPPA
still apply, even if there is no access request. In other words, you
must still protect the privacy of individuals and only disclose personal
information if provided for in ATIPPA.