Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP)

Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act, was introduced in 1994. The legislation was extended to include “local public bodies” (i.e., universities) in 1999.

Under FOIPOP legislation, universities are required to adopt a policy of accountability, openness and transparency and to provide a right of access to information with limited exceptions. Universities are likewise required to ensure the protection of individuals’ personal privacy. FOIPOP is the balance between ensuring FOI (Freedom of Information) and POP (Protection of Privacy).

Information related to FOIPOP is listed in the left hand column. If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. If you still have questions and/or you wish to speak directly the Mount’s FOIPOP Administrator, please contact:


Sara Knight
Governance Secretary and General Counsel
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway, Room Evaristus 217C
Halifax NS B3M 2J6

Phone: (902) 457-6436

Note: We would like to acknowledge the following institutions for their willingness to share site content and information: Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Western University, and University of British Columbia.