Legislative history, amendments and reference material for the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).
PIPA applies to provincial private sector organizations, businesses and, in some instances, to non-profit organizations for the protection of personal information and to provide a right of access to an individual’s own personal information.
PIPA was introduced in the Alberta Legislature as Bill 44 on May 14, 2003 and came into effect on January 1, 2004. PIPA has been amended by the following statutes (in chronological order of date of enactment):
- Personal Information Protection Amendment Act, S.A. 2005, c. 29 (effective June 2, 2005)
- Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act 2008, c.A-4.2 (effective October 30, 2009)
- Personal Information Protection Amendment Act, S.A. 2009, c. 50 (effective May 1, 2010)
- Personal Information Protection Amendment Act, S.A. 2014, c 14 (effective December 17, 2014)
The Personal Information Protection Act Regulation has been amended by the following statutes and regulations (in chronological order of date of enactment):
- Miscellaneous Correction Regulation (A.R. 108/2004), s. 27 (effective June 9, 2004)
- Personal Information Protection Act Amendment Regulation (A.R. 51/2010) (effective May 1, 2010)
The next review of PIPA began July 1, 2015. The Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future was designated the Special Committee for review of PIPA. The Committee must report its recommendations on PIPA to the Legislative Assembly by December 2016.
Bill 3, the Personal Information Protection Amendment Act was introduced in the Legislature November 18, 2014. This Act amends PIPA to allow a trade union to collect, use and disclose personal information without consent to inform or persuade the public about a matter of significant public interest or importance about a labour relations dispute. The amendments received Royal Assent on December 17, 2014 and came into effect immediately.
Non-Profits - Trade Unions section.
On May 16, 2006, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta appointed and all-party Select Special Committee to review PIPA. Albertans were invited to participate in the review. The committee submitted its final report on November 14, 2007. In response the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 54, the Personal Information Protection Amendment Act on October 27, 2009.
- overview of the 2009 amendments to the Act and Regulation
- a consultation between the Government of Alberta and Albertans and Alberta businesses informed the early development of PIPA
All persons reviewing Service Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act site are reminded that it has no legislative sanction, and has been provided for guidance and convenience of reference only. The official Statutes and Regulations should be consulted for all purposes of interpreting and applying the law.
Contact this service
Contact the PIPA Information Line
(toll-free in Alberta) then, 780-644-7472
Personal Information Protection Act (Queen's Printer)
Personal Information Protection Act Regulation (Queen's Printer)