Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act gives the public a right to access records held by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) with limited exceptions, while protecting personal privacy. The Act also regulates how the RDOS collects, uses and discloses personal information in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities and program operations.

Routine requests

Records such as agendas, minutes, bylaws, and policies  are available on the RDOS website or upon request. Please contact the appropriate department for specific information.

Formal requests

If the information you are seeking is not available through routine channels, a formal Freedom of Information (FOI) request must be submitted in writing in person, by mail, email, or fax to:

Freedom of Information Coordinator
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
101 Martin Street
Penticton, BC V2A 5J9

Fax: 250-492-0063

You can use the FOI Request Form, but you are not required to use the form to make a formal request.

The Act allows a maximum of 30 business days to respond to your request, except in specific cases where an extension may be necessary. Fees may be charged for the information requested. If payment is required, you will be provided an estimate before your request is processed.

Request a review

The Act outlines exceptions to the information the RDOS can release. If you are unsatisfied with the response you have the right to request, in writing, a review to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner:

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
PO Box 9038 Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9A4

Fax: 250-387-1696

Additional info

Questions or concerns about the FOI process can be directed to:

Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen