The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, (S.N.B., 2009, R-10.6) was given Royal Assent on June 19, 2009, bringing together two separate pieces of legislation: the Right to Information Act (1978) and the Protection of Personal Information Act (1998). Proclamation was September 1st, 2010.
The legislation was the product of two years of consultation. In February 2007, the provincial government established the Right to Information and Protection of Personal Information Review Task Force led by Dr. Donald Savoie, a leading expert in the field of public administration. The Task Force heard from variety of stakeholders and released its final report in September 2007.
In June 2008, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Bill 82) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly and referred to the Standing Committee on Law Amendments. The Committee studied the bill and reported back to the House in April 2009. In response to this report, the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Bill 89) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly in May 2009 and passed in June 2009.