Are records of elected officials excluded from the FOIP Act?
Personal or constituency records of a council member are excluded from the Act (section 4(1)(m)). This exclusion is intended to cover: • Records such as private correspondence of an elected official that has not been sent or received by the official in his or her capacity as a council member but which may be maintained in his or her office for convenience. • Records relating to the election campaign of a council member (other than those records required to be submitted to the authority governing the election). • Records relating to the private business activities of a council member. • Records dealing with the business of the municipality are covered by the Act even if they are stored at a councilor’s home.