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Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario Order MO-4176

This order determines the issue of access to the voter spreadsheet from the October 22, 2018 Mississauga municipal election. The City of Mississauga (the city) received a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act  (the Act ) for access to “the final list of voters who voted in Ward 7 in the Oct 22, 2018 Election. The city issued a decision denying access to the responsive record under the mandatory personal privacy exemption in section 14(1)  of the Act . The requester, now the appellant, appealed the city’s decision to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. In this order, the adjudicator finds that the Municipal Elections Act expressly authorizes the disclosure of the voter spreadsheet and, therefore, the section 14(1) (d) exception to the personal privacy exemption applies. She finds that the voter spreadsheet is not exempt from disclosure under the Act , and orders the city to disclose it to the appellant.

The full copy of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Order is available on the IPC website.

On April 20, 2022, City Council adopted General Committee’s recommendation (attached) for the City Solicitor to file an application with the Ontario Divisional Court for judicial review of Order MO-4176 and any other similar order of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

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