School Boards in breach of the OIA Loading Comments…
March 27, 2014
A large-scale investigation involving over 1000 school boards of trustees in breach of their obligations under the OIA is to close.
This Office received a complaint about the lack of a response by over 1,000 schools to a request for information (in the form of a religious education survey). We took an active role in supporting the Boards of Trustees to better understand their obligations under the OIA and, as a result, most subsequently provided the information requested. However, over 100 Boards of Trustees still failed to provide a response to the requester despite this being in breach of their obligations under the OIA.
The requester chose not to continue pursuing his complaint against the relatively few Boards of Trustees that remain in breach of their OIA obligations.
The Chief Ombudsman considers it timely, given that many Boards of Trustees seem to be unaware of the requirements of the OIA, to highlight previously published guidance on their obligations which can be found here. The Ombudsmen will also consider what additional initiatives may be needed in the near future to lift schools’ overall knowledge and capability regarding OIA compliance.