Gravenhurst requests an update to the Modernization of Municipal Federation of Information of Privacy Act
Gravenhurst Council agreed to initiate a request in an attempt to update the Modernization of Municipal Federation of Information of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), in the January 16, 2024, meeting.
According to Councillor, Erin Strength, who advocated for the recommendation, the Act impacts how the Town delivers services to the community and an update is long overdue. She said, “It’s been thirty years since the Act has been reviewed.”
The agenda indicates that an essential part of the Act impacts the level of transparency as a tool for “building and maintaining public trust and recognizing the importance of continuously improving.”
The recommendation also supports legislation that offers efficient delivery of the Town’s programs, including being in sync with current technology.
The recommendation continues that an outdated Act can have a bearing on the level of service the Town provides the community. It indicates, “[the] MFIPPA presents a number of challenges for municipal staff which can hinder its effectiveness and efficiency when it comes to serving the public.”
It also stresses the importance of having legislation that meets the current needs of municipalities and helps make sure that their resources are being put to the best use “through strengthening accountability, transparency, and responsiveness, and addresses the needs of the digital era.”
The recommendation has been reviewed by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks, and Treasurers (AMCTO), who have provided recommendations in a submission called, “Looking Ahead: A Proactive Submission to Modernize the Municipal Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act,” which will be sent to the Ministry of Public and Business Service Relations for further review and consideration.