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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is a provincial access and privacy law that has applied to hospitals since January 1, 2012. FIPPA establishes a general right of access to records in the custody or control of SickKids from January 1, 2007 onward for the purposes of accountability and transparency. FIPPA recognizes that information should be available to the public but balances it against the protection of personal and confidential information.

Make a request

Before submitting a request for information, contact the Compliance & Privacy Office at privacy.office@sickkids.ca to discuss the records you seek. Some records are routinely available from hospital departments and you may not be required to submit a request to gain access.

Application fee
An application fee is required for all requests. The $5 application fee is mandatory and non-refundable. Make your cheque or money order payable to The Hospital for Sick Children. *Requests received via electronic mail are not accepted.

Application form
Download and complete the SickKids Records Request Form for the following:

  • To request to access general records of the hospital
  • To request personal information about yourself
  • To request a correction to your personal information

Personal Health Information is excluded from the scope of FIPPA. For access to Personal Health Information, please contact Health Information Management.

Submitting the form and fee
Completed form and the $5 application fee should be sent to:

Compliance & Privacy Office
The Hospital for Sick Children
9107 Burton Wing
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8

Fees

Apart from the initial $5 application fee, the Hospital is permitted to charge certain fees in connection with responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. The fees were authorized by FIPPA’s Regulation 460. Please see table below outlining the fees that can be charged.

Fees for a Request for Records

Photocopies and computer print outs 

$0.20 per page

 

Records provided on CD-ROMS 

$10.00 for each CD-ROM

Manually searching for a record 

$7.50 for each 15 minutes spent by any person

 

Preparing a record for disclosure, including severing a part of the record 

$7.50 for each 15 minutes spent by any person

 

Developing a computer program or other method of producing a record from a machine readable record

$15 for each 15 minutes

Right of Appeal

If your request is denied, you can appeal the decision.
To submit an appeal, contact:
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
Telephone: 416-326-3333
Toll-free (Ontario only): 1-800-387-0073

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