This appeal was received pursuant to subsection 50(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987 (the "Act") which gives a person who has made a request for access to a record under subsection 24(1) a right to appeal any decision of a head under the Act to the Commissioner.
The facts of this case and the procedures employed in making this Order are as follows:
1. On January 7, 1988, a request was made to the Workers' Compensation Board (the "institution") for access to details on the Vocational Rehabilitation Job System; Rehabilitation staff salaries; the policy and procedures for the Workers' Compensation Board; the requester's security file held by the Workers' Compensation Board; and the transcript for the requester's hearing (in a specified claim number).
2. By letter dated February 1, 1988, the institution's Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator (the "Co-ordinator") informed the requester that the institution employed approximately 160 Rehabilitation Counsellors at a salary range of $30,000 - $40,000 per annum. The Co-ordinator also advised the requester that arrangements had been made for him to view the institution's policy and procedures manuals at its Hamilton office.
3. In the same letter, the Co-ordinator denied the requester access to his security file, claiming exemption from disclosure under subsections 14(1)(b) and (e) of the Act.
4. In addition, access to the hearing transcript was denied on the basis that no transcript existed. The reason given by the institution was that no one had requested transcription at the time of the hearing, and the reporter who might have retained notes of the proceeding could not be located.