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Access to information and protection of personal information

As a professional order, the Barreau du Québec is subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information as regards access to information.

Available and public documents

A number of documents dealing with oversight of the profession are already available or accessible on the website of the Barreau du Québec, including:

Applying for access to information

However, if a document dealing with oversight of the profession which you would like to access is not on the website, or if you would like to make another type of application for access, follow these steps.

  1. Your application must be in writing. To facilitate the processing of your application, it must contain the following information

    • The name of the document to which you want access.
    • Your full contact information (the access to information officer may have to contact you by telephone to clarify your application, and we need your contact information in order to send you the correspondence required by law). If your application does not contain any contact information, we will not be able to process it. 
  2. You must send your application by email, fax or mail

    Access to Information Officer/Barreau du Québec
    Maison du Barreau du Québec 
    445 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
    Montreal, Québec  H2Y 3T8

    Email: schampagne@barreau.qc.ca

    Fax: 514-954-3407

    Request for the Office of the syndic

    Email: gbilodeau@barreau.qc.ca

    Fax: 514 954-3478

All applications for access addressed to the access to information officer will receive a written acknowledgement of receipt.

Note Only decisions rendered in response to a written application for access can give rise to an application for review before the Commission d’accès à l’information.

Applying for access to your personal information

It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes. Under the Acts, you have the right to request access to and correct the personal information we hold about you.

  1. Your application must be in writing

    Access or correction requests must be in writing and addressed to the access to information officer. You must provide enough detail to enable the Barreau to process the request. The Barreau will respond within 20 days, unless it extends the time as authorized under the Acts. The Barreau may charge a reasonable fee to provide access to an individual’s personal information. No fee will be charged for a correction request. The Barreau will advise individuals of any applicable fees before processing a request.

  2. You must send your application by email, fax or mail

    Access to Information Officer/Barreau du Québec
    Maison du Barreau du Québec 
    445 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
    Montreal, Québec  H2Y 3T8

    Email: vieprivee@barreau.qc.ca

    Fax: 514-954-3407

We cannot accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.

We may request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and your right to access the information and to provide you with the personal information we hold about you or make your requested changes. The applicable Acts may allow or require us to refuse to give you access to some or all of the personal information we hold about you, or we may have destroyed, erased or anonymized your personal information in accordance with our record retention obligations and practices. If we cannot give you access to your personal information, we will inform you of the reasons, subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions.

We will provide access to your personal information, subject to exceptions set out in applicable privacy legislation. Examples of such exceptions may include:

  • information protected by solicitor-client and litigation privilege;
  • information that is part of a formal dispute resolution process;
  • information about another person that would reveal their personal information or confidential business information;
  • information that could reasonably be expected to threaten the life or security of another individual;
  • information containing personal information that would reveal the identity of an individual who has provided an opinion about another individual in confidence and has not consented to the disclosure of their identity;
  • information that is prohibitively expensive to provide; or
  • a request that, if processed, could significantly harm the activities of the Barreau.

If you are concerned about our response or would like to correct the information provided, you may contact us at vieprivee@barreau.qc.ca.

Resources

Access to information act Access to information is governed by the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information and other legislative provisions.

Consult the Act

Documents