Toronto’s government is built on the principles of transparency, accountability, public participation and making information available. The City manages its information, also called “records”, to make them easier to search, use and access for City staff and the public. The Directory of Records describes the City’s records and the rules for how long they must be kept. At the end of a record’s life, City staff review it and arrange for it to be kept permanently at the City of Toronto Archives or destroyed.

City records are generally available to the public with a few exceptions such as records containing personal or confidential information. Explore the different ways that you can access City information.

How to Access City Information

Learn how to find, search, and request City information and records.

Protecting Your Privacy

The City must protect personal information that it holds about you. Find out how to get information about yourself or get the information corrected.

City of Toronto Archives

Discover historical records created by current and previous municipal governments, other organizations, and individuals, including photographs, maps and plans.

City Information Management Policies & Legislation

Access policies, guidelines and other resources to support the responsible management of City information.

Freedom of Information

The Act provides provides a right of access to City information while at the same time protecting the privacy of individuals.

Declared Interests Registry

The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires municipalities to make a registry of declarations of interest available for the public.