Liberals scrap most Access to Information fees, issue openness directive
Thursday May 5, 2016 | CBC News
The Liberal government is immediately waiving all fees associated with access to information requests - apart from the $5 application charge.
It is also telling federal agencies to make information available in the format of the requester's choice, such as handy data spreadsheets, wherever possible.
The Access to Information Act allows people who pay $5 to ask for everything from expense reports and audits to correspondence and briefing notes. Departments are supposed to answer within 30 days or provide valid reasons why they need more time.