Conference: March 3
Access to Information Act and Privacy Acts
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) became subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act on April 1, 2007.
The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or any person or corporation present in Canada a right to access information that is contained in government records. The Act is intended to complement existing procedures for access to government information.
The Privacy Act protects the privacy of all Canadian citizens and permanent residents with regard to personal information held by a government organization. It also provides citizens with the right to access their own personal information held by the government and offers protection of that information against unauthorized use and disclosure.
Ministers and heads of agencies are responsible for ensuring that their organizations comply with access to information legislation.
The work of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) focuses on raising public awareness of the causes and manifestations of racism in Canada and undertakes projects and activities to promote a Canada where all can participate on the basis of equality and mutual respect. CRRF is a source of information, providing perspective and research data to contribute to the elimination of racism. The Foundation focuses on a variety of issues through the contract research program and conferences, forums and workshops. Information and resource development include disseminating information through the CRRF's website, annotated bibliographies and published materials. The Foundation was proclaimed by the federal government on October 28, 1996 and, in accordance with the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, the government provided the Foundation with a one-time endowment fund of $24 million. CRRF operates on income generated by investing the endowment fund, and donations.