The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides advice and information for individuals about protecting personal information and enforces two federal privacy laws that set out the rules for how federal government institutions and certain businesses must handle personal information.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is an Agent of Parliament whose mission is to protect and promote privacy rights. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) oversees compliance with 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 federal private-sector privacy law.
The OPC is headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec. It also has a regional office in Toronto, the Business Advisory unit, which works with businesses to promote compliance with PIPEDA.
The Business Advisory team works with businesses subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to help them better comply with the law and proactively address privacy issues. These services are voluntary and free of charge.
Regardless of age or size, businesses can request an advisory consultation with them on any new products or services that may be in development or on existing privacy and personal information management practices.
They review to help identify compliance risks and provide practical advice to address such risks proactively. With the benefit of their advice, a small business can innovate responsibly, work with them, and get assurance that your business is privacy-compliant.
The office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada protects and promotes privacy rights. For more information, visit their website at https://www.priv.gc.ca.