Commissaire à l’information et à la protection de la vie privée de l'Ontario



Territory: Province of Ontario, (Canada)
Continent: Americas
Scope: Provincial
Competence: Privacy/Data Protection and ATI/RTI
Year established: 1987



Number of staff: 130


Head of authority: Patricia Kosseim

She brings to her role as Commissioner significant experience and a wealth of knowledge in the areas of privacy and access law, having worked in public, private and health sectors, and across various jurisdictions. 

Previously, she was counsel in Osler’s Privacy and Data Management Group and served for more than a decade as senior general counsel and director general at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Patricia has held executive positions at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She obtained her business and law degrees from McGill University, and a Master’s Degree in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College, University of London, UK. 

Also is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Quebec, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.



Relevant Laws

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90f31

Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90m56

Personal Health Information Protection Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/04p03

Child, Youth and Family Services Act Part X: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17c14#BK381 

Anti-Racism Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17a15




A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER: Championing Access and Privacy in Times

of Uncertainty: https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ar-2020-e.pdf



Contact details:
Address: 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON M4W 1A8, Canada 
Telephone: Toronto Area: 416-326-3333/ Toll Free: 1-800-387-0073/ TDD/TTY: 416-325-7539

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