Overview

Under Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, you have the right to ask for information from certain public-sector institutions in Ontario, including the Ministry of the Attorney General and its agencies, boards and commissions.

Follow the steps below to submit a Freedom of Information request through the ministry’s Freedom of Information and Privacy office.

The process to request information from the Ministry of the Attorney General is different from other ministries and public-sector institutions. Learn how to request information from other public-sector institutions in Ontario.

How to make a request

Step 1: identify the information/records you want

Before making a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, you need to identify the type of record you want.

You can find the types of information held by the ministry and its agencies through the Directory of Records.

Step 2: complete and submit an FOI request form

You can submit a request by either completing the:

You cannot provide attachments for online submissions.

If your request is for a client or another person, you must have them complete the Authorization for Release of Personal Information form and include it with your request. You can get a copy of this form by contacting the office.

Step 3: pay the application fee

There is a $5 fee for each FOI request.

If you are submitting your request by mail, you can pay by:

  • cheque
  • money order
  • credit card (Visa or MasterCard)

For credit card payments, write “Pay by credit card” on your form. Do not include the credit card number or information. You will receive a call to process your payment.

If you are submitting your request online, you can pay by:

  • Visa Debit
  • MasterCard Debit
  • credit card (Visa or MasterCard)

Court records

Do not submit an access request for court records.

Court records are provided by the courthouse in which the matter was heard.

For more information on accessing court records, you can contact the courthouse.

Contact

Ministry of the Attorney General
Freedom of Information and Privacy Office
720 Bay Street, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9

Email: foi.mag@ontario.ca
Tel: 416-326-4300

Updated: August 16, 2021
Published: August 16, 2021