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e-3500 (Information and privacy)

Initiated by Murray Fallis from Coldwater, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Democracy is strengthened when information is publicly accessible;
  • Presently, Correctional Services Canada (CSC) requires ATIPs be submitted using paper, an envelope, a cheque and a stamp;
  • In contrast, many federal departments already have an online system for filing ATIP requests;
  • CSC previously stated on their website that an electronic system for filing ATIPs would be in place by 2021;
  • Paper-based ATIPs cause delays, as individuals must wait for their ATIPs to be received, acknowledged and responded to by CSC;
  • After using an online My Account system, the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada reduced the number of outstanding requests and improved timeline compliance from 64% to 75%;
  • Prisoners in CSC's care and control are often illiterate and therefore require the assistance of outside support to file an ATIP request;
  • CSC's paper-based ATIP process likely disproportionately harms Indigenous prisoners who are often far from home and do not have extensive local external supports;
  • CSC's paper-based ATIP process has a negative environmental impact as it requires excessive amounts of paper; and
  • Prisoners in CSC's care and control have died before having their ATIP completed by CSC, at which point CSC declares their ATIP moot.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to add an online option to the CSC’s ATIP request process which allows an ATIP requester to file the request and pay for it online.
Open for signature
July 12, 2021, at 3:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 10, 2021, at 3:55 p.m. (EDT)
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Timmins—James Bay
New Democratic Party Caucus
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