"Freedom of Information" (FOI) is a term referring to legislation which, in the municipal context, is known as the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

The legislation provides the parameters for access to information held by Peterborough County and the rules for protecting the personal privacy of individuals whose personal information is held by the County.

County of Peterborough Privacy Policy 

County of Peterborough Privacy Breach Procedure

 How to Make a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request

Requests are to be made to the department holding the information.  If the information is public information, or information that is routinely disclosed, the department should release the record(s).

However, in the event that the request pertains to records which are not public information, or the subject of routine disclosure, the requestor will be directed to submit a formal Access of Freedom of Information request under the MFIPPA.  The requester will be referred to the Clerk's Department.

  • A formal request must be submitted in writing to the County Clerk and be accompanied by the prescribed fee of $5.
  • Acceptable forms of payment include cash, cheque, money order, debit and credit cards.

The Request must be clear and definitive before processing can begin.

Records considered appropriate to be disclosed, either in whole or with some information severed in accordance with exemptions prescribed in MFIPPA, will be made available to the requester.

Requests for general information will be charged a fee as prescribed by regulation for the searching and preparation functions ($30 per hour), as well as for photocopying ($0.20 per page).