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Access to information

Access to documents

As public bodies, both Montréal and Lachine are subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (L.R.Q., c. A-2.1), hereafter referred to as "the Act".

Right of access

The right to access documents applies to all documents held by the organization. Certain exceptions are provided for by law, particularly with respect to personal information.

Making a request

A request for documents should be made to the person in charge of access to documents. In the case of documents held by the borough and to expedite the process, please make a written request to the borough secretary by e-mail or postal mail at the following address:

Please note that, while the request can be either verbal or written, only written requests are eligible for appeal to the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec, should you wish to appeal a negative decision.

To be receivable, the request must be specific enough for the document to be traced (title, author, subject, date or period, specific department).

Documents whose distribution is not restricted by the Act will be sent by postal mail within 30 days of receipt of the request. Fees may apply for photocopies and postage if the request involves sizable documents.

For documents held by central municipal departments or issued by Montréal’s city council, please contact Montréal’s city clerk’s office.