Privacy Legislation and the University of Alberta

The purpose of this website is to inform the public and the staff of the University of Alberta about the operational impact of privacy legislation and to answer general questions concerning how the university will collect, use, disclose and protect information under the custody and control of the university.  Guidance will be provided on how:

  • to request access to information
  • to request corrections to personal information
  • the University conducts "best practice" in compliance with the privacy legislation


The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ("FOIP") generally applies to any records that are collected, used or disclosed in the course of the operations of the university (subject to some limited exceptions). FOIP imposes obligations on the university to:

a. provide access to records under the custody or control of the university, subject to limited exceptions; and
b. protect the personal information that is under its custody or control by making reasonable security arrangements against risks such as unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or destruction.

Health Information Act

The Health Information Act ("HIA") applies to health information that is collected, used or disclosed when an individual receives a health service from certain types of health care providers, such as physicians. In addition to rules about providing access to health information and protecting health information, the HIA also contains rules about research that involves health information.

More information about both of these Acts can be found by clicking on the relevant links on this website.

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

The new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL") came into effect on July 1, 2014. CASL prohibits the distribution of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) without the expressed or implied consent of the recipient. Non-compliance with CASL could result in fines up to $10,000,000 levied against the university.

This law will affect how the university uses email to communicate with external audiences.

For further information, see the information at these links:


June 2015

Mailing address:
Ring House 4
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1

Phone: (780) 492-9419
Fax: (780) 492-6571