The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has established an all-party Special Committee to Appoint an Information and Privacy Commissioner. The Committee has a mandate to unanimously recommend the appointment of an Information and Privacy Commissioner as provided by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The Commissioner is a non-partisan Officer of the Legislature who provides independent oversight and enforcement of B.C.’s freedom of information, privacy, and personal information protection laws. The Commissioner is also designated as the Registrar of Lobbyists under the Lobbyists Registration Act. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is located in Victoria and has a budget of $6 million and 38 dedicated staff.
The successful applicant will be recognized as a person of high standing and integrity within his or her professional community, with demonstrated senior leadership, mediation, and investigative skills, and a strong record of achievement in public or private sector administration. The successful applicant should also possess knowledge of the opportunities and risks of data sharing, and a thorough understanding of information and privacy laws and legal and policy issues. Applicants should also have knowledge of the principles and practices of administrative fairness, and a commitment to the values of openness, privacy, and transparency.
The appointment is for a term of six years, and may be renewed. The salary for the position is equal to the salary paid to a Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia.