Changes are ahead for freedom of information legislation in the Yukon. On November 1, the Government of Yukon tabled Bill 48, which would amend the province’s access to information legislation. The proposed legislation introduces some new restrictions, as well as clarifies certain exemptions, on the public’s right to government information.
The additional restrictions will apply to certain briefing materials to prepare a new minister or premier, as well as broadening the scope of records that would not be subject to disclosure on the basis of Cabinet confidence. Further, the amendments tighten access to records shedding light on policy deliberations, recommendations and options, as well as draft or pending regulations.
The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act was first proclaimed on July 1, 1996. All Yukon Territorial Government departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and corporations are subject to the Act.
A copy of Bill 48, which is still at the very early stages of the legislative process, is available here: http://www.legassembly.gov.yk.ca/pdf/bill48_33.pdf.