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September 1, 2011

Fees removed for right to information requests

New Brunswickers will no longer have to pay to obtain information under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The fee removal was a commitment in the document Putting New Brunswickers First.

"Free access to information is vital for a healthier democracy and a more effective government," said Premier David Alward. "A more open and transparent public sector will help us grow a stronger New Brunswick."

The removal of the fee schedule means that an applicant is no longer required to pay:

  • an application fee of $5;
  • search and preparation fees of $15 per half hour;
  • copying fees of 25 cents per page;
  • computer programming and data processing fees; or
  • mail and courier delivery fees.

“The removal of the fees was one of two amendments that were recently made to the act to promote citizenship engagement and transparency,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams, who is minister responsible for supply and services.

The second amendment requires an applicant to provide some additional information when making a right to information request.

"Providing additional information will enable public servants to process a request in a more timely fashion and ensure that citizens receive the type of information they are looking for," said Williams.

The amendments took effect Aug. 5.

The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act was proclaimed Sept 1, 2010 for Parts l, lll and lV of the public service. Part ll came under the Act in July 2011.