Saskatchewan has specific privacy legislation for organizations operating in the public sector, but unlike British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec, has no specific privacy legislation for organizations operating in the private sector. Instead, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) applies to the private sector.
Saskatchewan has specific privacy legislation for health service providers, just like Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.
The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner enforces FOIP and HIPA. The Information and Privacy Commissioner is Ronald J. Kruzeniski, Q.C.
Public Sector Legislation
Saskatchewan has two statutes for public sector privacy legislation: the The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) and the The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In addition, the Public Disclosure Act relates to disclosing information about serious criminal offenders to protect victims and the public.
For example, FOIP will apply to:
- Provincial agencies, municipalities,
- universities, colleges, schools, and
- Crown corporations.
- Request to Access Information (from government institutions)
- Request to Review (from government institutions)
- Request to Access Information (from local authorities)
- Request to Review (from local authorities)
Health Specific Legislation
Saskatchewan’s health specific privacy legislation is the Health and Information Protection Act (HIPA).
For example, HIPA will apply to health regions and health information trustees such as physicians, pharmacies, laboratories, and diagnostic clinics.