About

Pencil with "Y" Circled For YesThe Privacy and Access Council of Canada is an independent, member-based, non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental professional association.

PACC is a voice for privacy and access in Canada, and speaks on behalf of its members and other concerned Canadians, but neither represents nor advocates on behalf of individuals.

PACC supports effective privacy and access legislation that preserves and strengthens democratic and Charter-protected freedoms.

As an educational and professional membership organization, PACC promotes high standards of competency and conduct among its members to advance the state of privacy and access across Canada. Members adhere to a Code of Conduct, and believe that good privacy, access and governance practices contribute to an organization’s ability to create value, be accountable, and meet legislated compliance requirements.

PACC is also the certifying body representing leadership and excellence in information privacy, access to information, and data governance.

PACC helps members protect their organizations and advance their careers through professional development and access to a rich pan-Canadian professional network.

PACC provides updates on regulatory requirements, enforcement and outcomes, as well as opportunities for members and the public to have a voice in the course that access and privacy take across our great nation.

PACC’s Primary Objectives

  • Advance awareness of Access to Information, Protection of Privacy, and Information Governance through advocacy, training, and professional certification,
  • Promote responsible and effective practices and policies, and provide relevant education and training
  • Provide and administer a professional certification program pursuant to defined national standards of competence, professionalism and proficiency

Services provided to members of our community

  • Timely, practical and accurate information and training relevant to privacy, access, and governance
  • Member discounts on educational programs, including workshops, seminars, conferences, courses and webinars
  • Professional networking opportunities at educational and social events and through online channels, and the opportunity to engage in conversation with industry experts
  • Professional certification opportunities
  • Periodicals and practice guidelines: The Winston Report, National Core Competency guidelines, and information circulars
  • Privacy and Access job board postings for internships and professional positions
  • Cooperative programs with other national organizations
  • Access to the knowledge and resources of the nation’s access, privacy and data governance community