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April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006
Portfolio of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

Section 72 of the Access to Information Act and section 72 of the Privacy Act require that the head of every government institution prepare an annual report on the administration of requirements under the two Acts. This Annual Report describes how Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada administered these responsibilities during fiscal year 2005-2006. The information in this report comes from the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada as well as the agencies within its portfolio.

In total, the Portfolio received 2,574 requests under the Access to Information Act as well as 11,180 requests related to the Privacy Act during the period under review. The top three agencies who received most of the requests under both Acts are, in no particular order, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Correctional Service of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Steps have been taken to improve the Access to Information and Privacy processes. For instance, enhanced training of staff, proactive follow-up practices and streamlined administrative procedures have been put in place in the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada and its portfolio agencies to address issues that had been raised by the Information Commissioner.

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