Canada. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Protects and promotes the privacy rights of individuals.

Investigates complaints and issuing reports with recommendations to federal government institutions and private sector organizations to remedy situations, as appropriate;

Pursues legal action before Federal Courts where matters remain unresolved;

Assesses compliance with obligations contained in the Privacy Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) through the conduct of independent audit and review activities, and publicly reports on findings;

Advises on, and reviews, privacy impact assessments (PIAs) of new and existing government initiatives;

Provides legal and policy analyses and expertise to help guide Parliament’s review of evolving legislation to ensure respect for individuals’ right to privacy;

Responds to inquiries of Parliamentarians, individual Canadians and organizations seeking information and guidance and takes proactive steps to inform them of emerging privacy issues;

Promotes public awareness and compliance, and fosters understanding of privacy rights and obligations;

Provides legal opinions and litigates court cases to advance the interpretation and application of federal privacy laws;

Monitors trends in privacy practices, identifies systemic privacy issues that need to be addressed by federal government institutions and private sector organizations and promotes integration of best practices; and

Works with privacy stakeholders from other jurisdictions in Canada and on the international scene to address global privacy issues that result from ever-increasing trans-border data flows.

30 Victoria St 8th Flr
Gatineau, QC
K1A 1H3
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Information Centre
Phone: 819-994-5444
Toll Free: 1-800-282-1376
TTY: 819-994-6591


No restrictions





Fully Accessible; Not Applicable


English; French;

Primary Contact Person

Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Areas Served


Agency Type

Federal Government