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?

You can request in the following methods:

  • online form
  • mail, email or fax form
    • submit your completed forms to

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

      Fax: 604-733-7758

Download FOI request form (PDF)
Complete online FOI request form

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.

How much does it cost (fees)?

FOIPPA allows public bodies to charge fees for certain services. If fees apply, you’ll be given a fee estimate before work begins.

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