Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, individuals can request access to any record held by government institutions, including York Regional Police. Requests for copies of police reports - excluding motor vehicle collision reports and proof of loss reports, which are available through the Customer Service Unit - must be made through the Freedom of Information Unit.
The Freedom of Information Unit ensures all federal and provincial laws are upheld when information is provided to members of the public. For example a request for a police report that contains the personal information of others can only be released with the consent of those individuals.
Requests can be made at the front desk of York Regional Police headquarters, located at 47 Don Hillock Drive, Aurora. Applicants will be asked to fill out a Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act form and pay a legislated $5 application fee. York Regional Police can only accept cash (exact change only) or cheque/money order made payable to York Regional Police. Effective March 1, 2016, FOI requests can also be received at the Customer Service Unit located at the Community Resource Centre, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The front reception desk at HQ will also continue accepting the FOI requests Monday to Fridays between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note, applicants will be asked to provide photo identification at the time of the request.
Requests can also be made in writing by completing the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act form and mailing it to:
Freedom of Information Unit
York Regional Police
47 Don Hillock Drive
Aurora, ON L4G 0S7
Along with the access form, please include a cheque or money order payable to York Regional Police. You must also include a photocopy of one piece of government-issued photo identification with your request.
Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Unit has 30 days to respond to your request. Requests will not be accepted or fulfilled via the Internet.
A request for personal information may be subject to 20 cents per page photocopying charges, above the initial application fee.
A request for general information may be subject to a search time charge of $30 per hour, a preparation time charge of $30 per hour and 20 cents per page photocopying charges. York Regional Police has set fees for certain records, including video and audio statements, 9-1-1 calls and photographs.
Applicants will be advised of any additional fees that may apply to your Freedom of Information request.
Looking to make a Freedom of Information request? Have more questions? Contact us at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 6740.