Plans to expand gov't web portal for requests
The federal government plans to expand its web portal for online information requests, with 16 new departments added over the next six months.
A pilot project, launched April 9, enabled the online filing of access-to-information and privacy requests, and the electronic payment of fees.
It offers citizens a digital alternative to a paper-based system dating from the early 1980s.
The pilot currently includes just three departments, Treasury Board, Shared Services Canada, and Citizenship and Immigration, but the service will eventually be expanded to cover all of government over the next few years.
In the first five months of the pilot, almost 11,000 information requests passed through the portal, virtually all of them for Citizenship and Immigration, some 7,800 of which were access-to-information requests.
Citizenship and Immigration has long attracted the highest number of access and privacy requests of any federal department, as individuals and their legal counsel are required to use these laws to view their own immigration files.