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The Association

The Association of Access to Information and Privacy Professionals (AAPI) was founded with the goal to carry out access to information as well as privacy managers and stakeholders’ expressed will to develop communities of practitioners and, in doing so, to make the tools, developed management frameworks and experiments conducted in these fields accessible to Quebec and federal public administration bodies, as well as to private companies.

In 2020, the AAPI quickly took note of the importance of the changes that were proposed in bill 64 (An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information) for private companies of all sizes and Quebec’s public bodies from various sectors of activity (government departments and bodies, education and higher education, health and social services, municipal and public safety as well as professional orders). The AAPI is therefore determined to put its knowledge, skills, and expertise available to them.


The Association sur l’accès et la protection de l’information (AAPI) was founded on May 7, 1991 pursuant to part III of the Quebec Companies Act. The AAPI’s 25th anniversary was an opportunity for the Association to further reiterate the importance of its fundamental purpose: its members. The AAPI thus chose the name Association of Access to Information and Privacy Professionals, a designation that better represents its mission and goals. The well-known AAPI initials will still be used.

Some 30 years later, the Association is more than ever relevant and aligned with the needs of its members, in an era where information has a specific strategic value.

Our Mission

The mission of the AAPI is to encourage the development and the leadership of access to information and privacy (ATIP) professionals.

Our Vision

In conformity with its mission, the AAPI’s vision is to be the reference by ensuring leadership and support in the performance of duties.

Our Values

The actions of the Association are dictated by being ethical, as well as listening and adhering to the following values:

  • The right to be informed
  • Respecting the right to privacy
  • Transparency from organizations

Our Goals

The Association of Access to Information and Privacy Professionals (AAPI) is a non-profit organization. Its goals are as follows:

  • To bring together the professionals as well as anyone who has an interest in access to information and privacy, whether it is in the public sector or in the private sector.
  • To increase and encourage communications and exchanges between the members.
  • To promote and support good practices in management and in governance.
  • To provide information and training to its members.
  • To incite research and thought on access to information and privacy.
  • To bring awareness to the different stakeholders of the public or private sectors about the protection of personal information.
  • To promote the interests of its members.

The AAPI acts pre-emptively, and in a concrete manner, with the different stakeholders in access to information and privacy.

Our Pedagogical Guidelines

Activities aiming at developing and maintaining skills obviously evolve, because they are a part of the AAPI’s goal to adapt them according to the evolution of ATIP issues and to the main concerned that are expressed with regards to updating the expertise and the tools that are available to its members.