How to make a request under the Access to Information Act

The following requests should be made to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) under the Access to Information Act (ATI):

  • Requests that pertain to information about CIC;
  • Requests for information that would have been created by CIC;
  • Requests for personal information submitted by a representative where the client (with his/her authorization/consent) is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or present in Canada.

What you will need to submit a request

  1. Formal request:

    Online Request

    Using the ATIP Online Request service is a convenient way to get requests submitted more quickly and easily, while simplifying the application process. Apply online today to save time and postage.


    Mailing Request

  2. Proof that you have the right to make a request:
    • To be eligible, you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or an individual or corporation currently present in Canada.
  3. Consent(s), if applicable:
  4. Application fee:
    • There is a $5.00 application fee for requests made under the Access to Information Act.
    • Payment can be made by:
      • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) using the ATIP Online Request’s payment service; or
      • Cheque or money order made payable to the Receiver General for Canada when applying by mail.

Where to send requests

Requests made pursuant to the Access to Information Act can be sent electronically if using the ATIP Online Request tool.

To submit a written request:

  • Download your request form and carefully read the instructions
  • Complete, sign and date your request form
  • Pay the fees
  • Mail your fully completed request form with the supporting documents to the following address:

Access to Information and Privacy Division
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1L1

Access to information and privacy requests

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