Freedom of Information

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request is a formal process to ask for copies of personal records about yourself or someone you are responsible for. It is also a way to access general records (which are not personal in nature) that could be released, in whole or in part, to anyone.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) gives you access to records that are created and compiled by the City. 

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation ensures that public bodies are accountable and open to the public. This is accomplished through a balance of the public's right to "Freedom of Information" and "Protection of Privacy." Learn more at www.oipc.bc.ca

Submitting a Freedom of Information Request

If you would like to receive information from the City that is not routinely available, you will need to submit a Freedom of Information Request.  

Timeline

Legislation for your request allows for 30-business days, with many requests completed sooner. There are occasions where your request may take longer than 30 days. An effort is made to provide the information as quickly as possible.

Cost

Access to records requests generate additional expenses for the City. The Act allows public bodies to charge for search time in some cases and to charge for production of copies of the information. All requests from non-commercial individuals will be charged $7.50 per quarter hour after the initial three hours of search and retrieval.

Availability

Most of the information held by the City is available to the public, such as answers to questions related to departmental operations, agendas, minutes, bylaws, publications, policies and procedures. However the general right of access to information may be restricted by specified and limited exceptions. For example, a person will not get access to closed Council meeting agendas, minutes or materials, someone else's personal information or information that would harm third party business interests or law enforcement investigations and proceedings. Each request is evaluated individually with regard to the provincial legislation.

Information That Won't Be Released:

  • Bulk property registry data (Assessment Roll)
  • Business license applications (in bulk)
  • Contact information for property owners
  • Disclosure harmful to the conservation of heritage sites
  • Disclosure harmful to law enforcement. Disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party.
  • Disclosure harmful to personal privacy
  • Legal advice given to the City of White Rock
  • Local public body confidences
  • Names and contact information of home owners
  • Policy advice or recommendations

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the Freedom of Information process, please call 604-541-2212 or email foirequest@whiterockcity.ca.

FOI requests

Incoming Freedom of Information (FOI) requests will be noted and tracked below. The table will be revised as updates become available. If you have questions, please contact the FOI Department.

  1. 2023 Requests
File #Topic 
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Date ReceivedStatutory Response DateExtension or N/AStatusResponse Date (click for details)Comments
2023-01Municipal Property Tax SalesJanuary 3, 2023February 14, 2023N/ARSJanuary 9, 2023
2023-02HVAC SpecificationsJanuary 4, 2023February 15, 2023
IP
Further clarification requested
2023-03Flood InformationJanuary 9, 2023February 21, 2023N/ARSJanuary 9, 2023
2023-04Strata InformationJanuary 17, 2023March 1, 2023
IP

2023-05Plan DrawingsJanuary 20, 2023March 6,2023
IP

2023-06Building permit for elevator modernizationJanuary 20, 2023March 6, 2023N/ARSJanuary 23, 2023
2023-07Multi-Family Solid Waste Survey and RFP resultsJanuary 24, 2023March 8, 2023
IPFebruary 2, 2023Partial Response on Survey results provided.
2023-08Cost for Solid Waste Operational Review and RFP for multi-family buildingsJanuary 23, 2023March 7, 2023
IP

2023-09Bright Walk in White Rock lighting costsJanuary 27, 2023March 13, 2023
IP

2023-10Reports/ Plans/ Correspondence for the Newport at West Beach, 1160 Oxford StreetJanuary 30, 2023




  1. 2022 Requests
  1. 2021 Requests
  1. 2020 Requests
  1. 2019 Requests

Request Terms:

  • File #: FOI requests are assigned a file number for reference purposes. 
  • Topic: A general summary of the request. 
  • Date Received: The date that staff obtained the request. 
  • Statutory response date: 30 business days from the date received. 
  • Extensions: Extensions may be made under Section 10, Section 23, or Section 75 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Extensions may also be granted by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC).
  • Status: The status of a file will be noted as In Progress (IP), Response Sent (RS), Withdrawn (W) or Under OIPC Review (OIPC). 
  • Response Date: The date the City responded to the Requestor and a link to the response letter, subject to any mandatory redaction. 
  • Comments: If further explanation regarding the status of a file is required, the comments will be noted.