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Manitoba Ombudsman is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. The office is responsible for upholding the access to information and privacy rights under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA). The office investigates complaints from the public and conducts audits and reviews of public bodies’ and trustees’ access and privacy practices. The office also promotes compliance with the acts by providing practice notes and education sessions for public bodies and trustees subject to the acts.

For more information about Manitoba Ombudsman, see:

PHIA became law in December 1997 and was the first legislation of its kind in Canada designed specifically to provide access to information and privacy rights concerning personal health information. FIPPA became law in May 1998 and replaced The Freedom of Information Act that had been in force since September 1988.

For more information on FIPPA, see the Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection FIPPA web pages at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/fippa/index.html

For more information on PHIA, see the Manitoba Health PHIA web pages at http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/phia/index.html