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Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is an Ontario Statute that was enacted in 1990 and covers government institutions, universities, among other public institutions. Most recently, the Ontario Hospitals via Ontario Hospital Association, requested the Ontario Government to extend the application of FIPPA to Ontario Hospitals in order demonstrate the sector’s deep and continuing commitment to transparency and accountability. In December 2010, the Ontario Government enacted the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, which extended the application of FIPPA to Ontario Hospitals as of January 01, 2012.

FIPPA is a statute with two Principles:

1. Access to Information – Provides public a right of access to hospital records subject to limited exemptions;  and

2. Privacy – to protect the privacy of the individuals with regards to their personal information and to provide a right of access to their personal information held by the hospital.

Members of the public can request access to hospital records by making a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request.

To initiate a formal FOI request for hospital record, please complete, print and sign the following form: 

Send your completed form with a $5.00 application fee made to Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation to the address below:

Office of Access and Privacy

Markham Stouffville Hospital
381 Church Street
Markham, Ontario
L3P 7P3

Proactive Disclosure

Our hospital proactively discloses information that we make routinely available throughout our website. Such information is continually updated. If you are unable to locate information you are looking for on our website, please contact the Office of Access and Privacy at privacy@msh.on.ca. If you would like to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information legislation, please refer to Information Requests.

Some records such as Executive Expenses and Compensation, Hospital Service Accountability Agreements, and Patient Safety Indicators are routinely available on our website. These may be accessed through our Accountability and our Quality and Performance pages.