The City of Toronto (the City) received a request from a member of the media under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for access to an electronic list of donors who had made contributions to the campaigns of candidates in the 1997 municipal election.

The City denied access pursuant to section 15(a) of the Act (information published or available). In its decision letter, the City stated:

Hard copies of the records relating to campaign contributions are required to be filed with the City Clerk, and, in accordance with municipal elections legislation, are maintained as a public record of personal information.

The City also advised the requester of the specific location he could attend and review the records.