Citizens Guide to Environmental Investigation and Private Prosecution


Appendix A  –  Example of an FOI request

Date
Your name
Street address
City, Province
Postal code
Telephone number

Government agency
Street address
City, Province
Postal code

Attention: Freedom of Information coordinator

Re:    Request for information under [the Access to Information Act
or the Freedom of Information Act]
Suspected polluter’s business name, location

Dear [coordinator’s name]:

Pursuant to the [identify either the Access to Information Act or the Freedom of Information Act], I would like to receive copies of all records including reports, monitoring data, letters, memoranda, and minutes of meetings for the past two years that relate to contamination of or impacts on water, sediments, and human health from [business name] operated by [parent company] in [location] that your office may have in its files.

[if your request is at the federal level, include the following] Find enclosed a cheque for five dollars ($5) payable to [identify who the cheque is made payable to] for the processing fee of this request.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this request.

Sincerely,

[your signature]
[your name]

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