Virtual Reading Room

Here you will find links to materials that must be made available to the public under Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).


The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has two main purposes:

  • To provide a right of access to information under the control of government institutions in accordance with three principles:

    • information should be available to the public
    • necessary exemptions from the right of access should be limited and specific
    • decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government.
  • To protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves held by institutions and to provide individuals with a right of access to that information.

Section 35 of the act requires ministry documents such as manuals, instructions, directives, guidelines and program applications, as well as the annual report of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to be made easily accessible to the public for inspection and copying.

The Ontario Directory of Records is a publication required under FIPPA that describes all Ontario government ministries and agencies covered by the act and the types of records they maintain.

It also gives a description of the various categories of government record holdings including those that are exempt under FIPPA and not available to the public.

Awards & Funding



The Ontario Heritage Tool Kit consists of the following guides:

Other heritage resources include:

Foreign Cultural Objects Immunity From Seizure Act resources include: