Governments collect a great deal of information about individuals and corporations for a variety of purposes. Much of this information is protected under privacy and access to information laws as well as specific statutes such as the Statistics Act.  However, there are some categories of personal and corporate information that is released to the public either for promotional or regulatory reasons. This guide identifies the major types of Canadian information sources of this nature.


Personal Information


Donations to Political Parties

Employment Related Disclosure

Missing Children

Unclaimed Bank Accounts and Dividends 

Winnings in Lotteries

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation "Publishing winners is important to demonstrate the integrity of our lottery games. For every winner there are a number of other players who did not win but have a legitimate desire to know that someone won. OLG reserves the right to publish the name, address and photograph of any lottery winner. The names of winners at gaming sites are released only with the permission of the winner."

Corporate Information


Commercial information

Communication sector


Health, Welfare and Labour

National Security