The Town of Innisfil (the Town) received a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) from a land development corporation for access to a copy of a letter written by a named individual (the affected person). The letter addressed a specific property development being undertaken in the Town by the requester.

The Town located the requested letter and denied access to it, claiming the application of the mandatory exemption in section 14(1) of the Act. The requester, now the appellant, appealed the Town’s decision.

During mediation, the affected person was contacted by the Mediator assigned to the file and declined to consent to the disclosure of the letter to the appellant. As further mediation was not possible, the matter was moved into the adjudication stage of the appeals process.