In Manitoba, there are four main laws in place to protect your personal information. These laws ensure your rights to access the personal information institutions hold about you, and control the collection, sharing, and handling of your personal information.
Which of these laws applies depends on the type of personal information and the organization that holds it. Each law regulates certain types of information held by specific institutions, organizations, or professionals. These laws also provide for independent review processes to investigate complaints.
Personal information can be any kind of information about an identifiable individual. Examples of personal information include an individual’s name, address, phone number, email, age, gender, genetic information, and health information. Identifying numbers such as those on a social insurance card, driver’s license, or credit card are also considered personal information.
Personal Health Information is any information that relates to an individual’s health or health care history, the provision of health care, payment for health care, as well as any personal information collected for health care purposes.
Generally speaking, these laws recognize your right to privacy by:
Consult the legislation for more detail, or contact the appropriate office for more information.
The process for requesting your information depends on what kind of information you want and which organization holds the information. Some organizations have access request forms posted online. You should contact the organization directly to learn the exact process.
In many cases, there is no cost for making a request and accessing your own personal information. Any fees that may be assessed would be for requests that require considerable time or special processes in order to respond.
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
30 Victoria Street
130 - 200 Vaughan Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1T5
Toll Free: 1-800-617-3588 (Manitoba)
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9
750 - 500 Portage Avenue (Colony Square)