12.2 — Information sharing authority
Summary of legislation
Section 53 of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Act sets out who the Minister may enter into information sharing agreements with and what information may be released.
Section 54 of the ODSP Act provides the authority for the Minister and the Director to share personal information in their possession that has been collected under the ODSP Act, the Ontario Works Act, the Family Benefits Act and the General Welfare Assistance Act with one another and with Ontario Works delivery agents.
Summary of directive
The directive provides an overview of the information sharing authority under the ODSP Act.
The Data Strategy and Solutions Platform Branch of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is responsible for establishing information sharing agreements.
Intent of policy
To permit the exchange of information with third parties for program administration, law enforcement and research purposes subject to strict confidentiality and privacy criteria.
Application of policy
Several agreements have been signed with Ontario government ministries, other provinces and departments of the federal government.
Information Sharing Agreement
Other Ontario government ministries
To promote a consistent approach to the use, collection and disclosure of information, protocols are issued for each information sharing agreement. Regional Directors must ensure that agreement protocols are adhered to and that appropriate business practices are implemented.
Where no information sharing agreement exists, the collection, use and disclosure of information is limited to provisions set out in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.