Information and Privacy Commissioner

Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly. Yellowknife, NT

Closing Date July 31, 2020 Location Yellowknife, NT
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Job Description

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) is a statutory appointment by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly. The term of office is five years and the IPC may be reappointed.  

The Access to Information and Protection of Act, S.N.W.T. 1994, c. 20, as amended (the “NT Act”) provides for the appointment of  an Information and Privacy Commissioner. 

The primary role of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is:
To provide an independent review of decisions made by public bodies with respect to requests made for access to public records under the The Access to Information and Protection of Act (ATIPP Act), and with respect to corrections of personal information when requested by an Applicant;
To provide an independent review of decisions made by health information custodians with respect to requests made for access to personal health information under the Health Information Act (HIA), and with respect to personal health information custodian when requested by an Applicant; 
To receive, investigate and review complaints about breaches of privacy by public bodies and by health information custodians or, where appropriate, to undertake reviews of privacy concerns on his/her own motion; 
To investigate these matters and make findings of fact and law; 
To prepare reports containing conclusions and recommendations as a result of these reviews as required by sections 35 and 49.5 of the ATIPP Act and Sections 146 and 139 of the HIA; 
To provide input and comment on government initiatives and pending legislation with respect to access and/or privacy impacts when requested and generally advise the public, public bodies and health information custodians on these issues; 
Under the HIA, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner receives Breach Notifications from health information custodians and reviews and comments on these notifications;
Communicate with the public, public bodies and health information custodians on issues related to access to information and privacy. 

The IPC must uphold the values of privacy and of access to information with the proper balance between the public’s right to information and an individual’s right to confidentiality.  

The IPC should possess a thorough understanding of relevant legal principles and of the separate values of openness and privacy, as well as having experience in mediation, senior-level decision-making and administration.  

Remuneration will be based on qualifications and experience, with the successful candidate negotiating a service contract with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.  This is a full-time position. 

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act may be accessed at: https://www.justice.gov.nt.ca/en/files/legislation/access-to-information-and-protection-of-privacy/access-to-information-and-protection-of-privacy.a.pdf 

How to Apply

Please submit expressions of interest by July 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm to:

Deputy Clerk, Members and Precinct Services
 Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9
Telephone: 867-767-9130 ext. 120147
Fax: 867-920-4735
Kim_Wickens@ntassembly.ca