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Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner
Commissioner
Overview :
Overview :

The Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner is a new position established under the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Commissioner will be an Officer of the Legislative Assembly and will, therefore, be responsible directly to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

The Commissioner will be responsible for oversight of the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and of the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act.

The purpose of the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RTIPPA) is to set out the public’s right to access to public information, and the requirements for the appropriate handling of personal information held by public bodies. The Act sets out the details respecting the appointment of the Commissioner and the Commissioner’s general duties and authorities which include:
• Hearing complaints of breaches under the RTIPPA, and making recommendations;
• Considering and providing comments and recommendations on the Act, its administration, the implications of proposed legislation, programs, and uses of information;
• Educating the public with respect to access and privacy issues;
• Monitoring the public bodies with respect to their fulfillment of duties related to “duty to assist”; and,
• Conducting privacy audits.

The Commissioner is also responsible for oversight of the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act (PHIPAA). The purpose of this Act is to safeguard the security and integrity of personal health information held by health providers, and to establish a set of rules regarding the collection, use, disclosure, retention and secure destruction of personal health information. The specific functions set out in the Act are:
• Hearing complaints of breaches under the PHIPAA, and making recommendations/orders;
• Considering and providing comments and recommendations on the Act, its administration, the implications of proposed legislation, programs, and uses of information;
• Educating the public with respect to health privacy issues;
• Promoting best practices and provide advice to custodians;
• Reviewing privacy impact assessments that have been conducted by a custodian that is a public body; and,
• Conducting investigations to monitor compliance with PHIPAA.

In addition to the functions identified above, the Commissioner will also be responsible for managing the Office of the Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner, which will employ a staff of about five people.

This is a full time position based in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Appointment by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly
Qualifications / Commitment :
You are a resident of New Brunswick, and have demonstrated leadership and earned respect in your field. It is considered a strong asset if you have a legal background. You have experience working in organizations and a demonstrated capability to manage a staff and budget.

You must be a highly effective communicator. Your ability to communicate in both English and French is essential. You must be a strong analytical thinker and decision-maker, and must have the ability to exercise sound judgment and reason. You must be considered a person of high integrity and credibility.

Familiarity with issues relating to the protection of privacy and personal information, and access to public sector information would be considered an asset.
Term :
Five year term from May 10, 2010 to May 9, 2015
Conditions / Compensation :
Salary of $130,988 to $151,658
Deadline for Submission :
May 7, 2010
Type of Appointment :
Appointment by Lieutenant-Governor in Council
Submit :
Expressions of interest may be submitted by email, regular mail or fax, with details of education and work experience, and contact information (telephone and email) until May 7, 2010.

Email: Executivecounciloffice@gnb.ca
Mail: Executive Council Office
Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner Nominations
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
Fax: (506) 453-2266

Questions regarding the position of Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner can be made to the above email address.
Associated / Responsible Department :
Executive Council Office
E-mail address for submissions :
Executivecounciloffice@gnb.ca
Link(s) :
Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act
Right to Information and Protection of Personal Information Task Force website
Personal Health Information Task Force website
Enquiries regarding specific opportunities can be made after the deadline passes. All enquiries should be directed to the responsible department.