How to submit an ATIP request

Requests for information may be made under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act. While procedures are similar, they are not the same.

Access to Information Act

To make a request under the Access to Information Act, you may either submit your request on the IDRC Access to Information Request Form or you may write to us stating that your request is pursuant to the Access to Information Act. Your request should be forwarded, along with the CA$5.00 application fee payable to the International Development Research Centre, to the following address:

Legal and Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
Office of the Secretary and General Counsel
International Development Research Centre
PO Box 8500
150 Kent Street
Ottawa ON  K1G 3H9

Please note

  • An application fee of CA$5.00 payable to the International Development Research Centre is required before the processing of your request under the Access to Information Act can begin.
  • To make an Access to Information request, you must either be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have an address in Canada. Canadians living abroad will be required to provide proof of citizenship in order to receive the information they are seeking.
  • If you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and would like to submit a request to IDRC, you should to do so through a representative that is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or someone who has an address in Canada.
  • Corporations, businesses, and organizations with a Canadian presence have the right to make an access to Information request.
  • Please note that an applicant may be charged additional search fees and/or preparation fees in regards to a request they have submitted under the Access to Information Act.

Privacy Act

To make a request under the Privacy Act, you may either submit your request on the IDRC Personal Information Request Form or you may submit a signed written request stating clearly what personal information you are seeking. There are no fees for accessing your own personal information under the Privacy Act.

Your request should be sent to:

Legal and Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
Office of the Secretary and General Counsel
International Development Research Centre
PO Box 8500
150 Kent Street
Ottawa ON  K1G 3H9

Please note

  • You must either be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident to make a request under the Privacy Act.
  • Your request for personal information shall provide sufficient details about the information you are seeking so as to render it reasonably retrievable.
  • Please DO NOT include your Social Insurance Number as it is not required to make a Privacy Act request.

Downloadable files

Personal Information Request form

Access to Information Request form