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Vancouver: the slowest FOI in Canada 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver's freedom of information process ranked last among major governments for taking an average of 53 days to respond to each request.

Vancouver's freedom of information process ranked last among major governments for taking an average of 53 days to respond to each request.

The City of Vancouver is lagging behind all other major governments when it comes to response times for freedom of information requests, says an audit conducted by Newspapers Canada, a media advocacy group.

Freedom of information requests are submitted by the public to access information held by government bodies. According to Newspapers Canada's yearly audit, the city of Vancouver takes longer than any other major government with an average of 53 days per request before a response is issued.

Organization CEO John Hinds said such FOI requests are supposed to be processed in 30 days according to standard provincial and federal timelines.

"They're the worst in the country in terms of speed," Hinds said, adding Vancouver was given an F grade by the audit for speed and was mediocre when it came to disclosure.

He said of the requests made to the city for the audit, three were denied in part and two had not been answered by the end of the audit.

"In terms of disclosure of the information when they did do it, when they finally got around to it, they got a C," he said.

"Vancouver holds itself up as a model of good governance across the country and I don't think being very, very, very average is really what Vancouverites expect of their municipal government."

The City of Vancouver did not respond to a request for comment by 24 hours deadline Wednesday. 

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