Freedom of information and privacy

The College makes information available based on the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA), which defines the type of information public bodies in BC can collect or control, and the privacy rights of individuals and corporations.

What kind of information can I request?

Most of the information you can request is already available on the website:

You may submit a freedom of information (FOI) request if what you’re looking for is not on our website.

How do I make a FOI request?

General FOI requests require payment

For FOI requests for your own personal information, there are no application or processing fees.

For general FOI requests, a $10 non-refundable application fee is required. Processing fees may also apply where applicable. Your request will not be processed until payment is received.

Make a request online or by mail or fax

Personal information provided on this form is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of FOIPPA. The information will be used to respond to your request.

Request online

Request by mail or fax

We accept credit card, cheque, money order

Paying with credit card

Credit card authorization form

Paying with personal cheque or money order from a Canadian bank
  • payable to: College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
  • include your file number (if available)
  • mail together with the request form

Mail or fax completed forms to the College


College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attn: FOI department
300–669 Howe Street
Vancouver BC  V6C 0B4



Are there exceptions to what I can ask for?

In most cases, you’ll receive the record(s) you requested; however, some records may have content that isn’t disclosed. If so, reasons for this will be provided to you.

The exceptions to disclosure are listed in FOIPPA in sections 12 to 22.

What should I expect after I make a request?

FOIPPA requires us to respond within 30 business days of receiving an FOI request. We may extend that time if your request is especially complicated.

We may withhold information under exceptions in sections 12 to 22 of FOIPPA.

How is my personal information protected?

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We collect, use and disclose personal information in accordance with the Health Professions Act, College Bylaws and FOIPPA.

Information in the College’s custody or control is managed in a manner that complies with FOIPPA.

FOI process complaint

If you have a complaint about our FOI process, you may submit it to:

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
PO Box 9038, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC  V8W 9A4