The mission of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is to protect and promote the privacy rights of individuals. The Office oversees compliance with both the Privacy Act, which covers the personal information-handling practices of federal government departments and agencies, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s private sector privacy law, along with some aspects of Canada’s anti-spam law.
As an Agent of Parliament, the Privacy Commissioner reports directly to the House of Commons and the Senate. The Commissioner’s powers to further the privacy rights of Canadians include:
- investigating complaints from individuals with respect to the federal public sector and the private sector;
- conducting audits and pursuing court action under the Privacy Act and PIPEDA;
- publicly reporting on the personal information-handling practices of public and private sector organizations;
- undertaking and publishing research related to the protection of personal information; and
- promoting public awareness and understanding of privacy issues.
Review of applications (more information available here) will begin on August 31, 2021.