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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


Protecting and promoting privacy rights

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides advice and information for individuals about protecting personal information. We also enforce two federal privacy laws that set out the rules for how federal government institutions and certain businesses must handle personal information.

Learn more about our Office and the strategic privacy priorities guiding our work.

Frequently asked about topics

Social insurance numbers

Find advice for individuals and guidance for organizations about the use and protection of SINs.

Identity theft

Information and advice to help individuals guard against identity theft and report if it occurs.

Online privacy

Access information on issues related to privacy on the Internet, including cloud computing, social networking and spam.

Accessing your personal information

Learn how to access your personal information held by either businesses or the federal government.

How to raise a privacy concern with an organization

Helpful tips for challenging an organization about how it is handling your personal information.

Overview of privacy legislation in Canada

Read a basic explanation of privacy laws in Canada, who oversees them and the issues to which they apply.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

Find information about Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law.

The Privacy Act

Find information about the privacy law that applies to Canada’s federal government departments and agencies.

Investigations

Learn about the OPC’s investigations into privacy complaints.

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News

Get the latest news and information from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

  • International authorities from Asia Pacific region discuss privacy issues, research and trends during APPA Forum

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  • OPC publishes report on Privacy Enhancing Technologies

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  • Contributions Program launches annual call for innovative research and knowledge translation proposals

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What to Do on Canada Day Weekend in Toronto

This year, Canada Day is a big one! School’s (finally) out, there’s a long weekend ahead and celebrations abound with Canada 150. If you’re in town for the long weekend, don’t fret, there’s plenty to see and do – with many free Canada Day events happening across the city and GTA.

Round off your Canada Day with a spectacular fireworks celebration.

Happy Canada Day!