Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) provides a general right of access to records in the hospital’s custody or control as of January 1, 2007.   There are certain exclusions and exemptions from the right of access such as the right to the protection of personal information.

Public Health Privacy Notice Policy


Hospital Public Health Privacy Notice

The principles of FIPPA are: 


  1. Information should be available to the public
  2. Exemptions from the right of access should be limited and specific
  3. Any person may make a request for records held by an institution subject to FIPPA
  4. Decisions on whether to provide access may be appealed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario.
  5. To protect individuals from unauthorized, collection, use or disclosure of personal information and to provide individuals with a right of access to their own personal information


How to make a FIPPA Request

You may use the hospital’s FIPPA Request Form for the following purposes:

  • To make a request for access to general records of the hospital (See Directory and Information Banks)
  • To request personal information about yourself
  • To request a correction to your personal information

Completed forms should be sent to:

Freedom of Information and Privacy Officer
Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital
PO Box 5005
Red Lake, P0V 2M0




There is a $5.00 fee for this service, which must be paid in person at the hospital or money order payable to Red Lake MCM Hospital with the request by mail. Please do not mail cash.



Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about the access or correction request process, please contact our Freedom of Information and Privacy Office by phone at 807-727-3804 or by email: .


Privacy Protection

FIPPA sets out rules for protecting the privacy of personal information held by the Hospital. Personal information may only be collected where there is authority to do so and steps must be taken to ensure it is accurate. Once collected, personal information must be protected from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

RLMCMH may only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected, a consistent purpose, or with your consent. Personal information has to be kept for a minimum of one year and it may only be disposed of in a secure manner. Your personal information may be disclosed to others with your consent, or without your consent in the following circumstances:

  • To respond to an appeal to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
  • For the purpose for which the hospital collected the information or for a consistent purpose
  • To hospital staff who need the information to perform their duties
  • To comply with the law
  • To cooperate with a law enforcement agency in Canada conducting an investigation
  • To inform another in compelling circumstances affecting an individual's health or safety
  • To make contact with next of kin or friend of an ill, injured or deceased person
  • To audit a program that is cost shared with the federal or provincial government