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General Information

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Additional Information


General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally. The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is a Crown corporation exclusively dedicated to Canadian entrepreneurs. The bank has existed under various names and mandates since 1944. It was established by Parliament in September 1944 as the Industrial Development Bank (IDB), focusing initially on helping smaller companies that had participated in the Second World War effort to convert to peace-time operations. The Federal Business Development Bank (FBDB) succeeded IDB in October 1975. Twenty years later, in July 1995, Parliament passed the Business Development Bank of Canada Act, leading to a new name for the bank. BDC has a single shareholder, the Government of Canada, and reports to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Responsibilities

BDC’s mandate, as set out in the Business Development Bank of Canada Act, is to support Canadian entrepreneurs by providing financial, consulting and venture capital services. BDC’s investments may be held in the name of BDC Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BDC. All administration of such investments is performed by BDC employees, using BDC resources and facilities. All relevant records relating to BDC Capital are under the control of BDC.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Classes of Personal Information

The general subject files of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) contain a certain amount of personal information relating to general correspondence, complaints and enquiries. The personal information contained in this class may include the name; home, business, mailing or email address; telephone number; account numbers; corporate financial information; and personal opinions or views of the individual, but is not arranged by personal identifiers. This form of personal information is normally retrievable only if specifics are provided concerning the subject and the date of the correspondence. The purpose of this bank is to maintain information relating to general correspondence, complaints and inquiries concerning the various functions of the BDC. The retention period for this class of personal information is controlled by the records schedules of the general subject files in which they are stored.

Manuals

  • Employee Code of Conduct, Ethics and Values
  • Information Assets Disposition Procedure
  • Information Management Corporate Directive
  • Information Security Governance Corporate Directive

Additional Information

How to make an Access to Information Act request at BDC

To make an Access to Information Act request for information held by BDC, complete the Access to Information Request Form or send a letter mentioning the Act and describing the records you are seeking to the ATIP Office. Please include details that will enable us to search for relevant records. An application fee of 5$ applies. You may send the application fee in the form of a cheque or money order payable to: Business Development Bank of Canada.

To access your personal information held by BDC

To access your own personal information held by BDC, you may complete the Personal Information Request Form or send a letter mentioning the Act and describing the information you are seeking to the ATIP Office. Please include details that will enable us to search for relevant records. There are no fees associated with making a request under the Privacy Act.

How to make an Informal Request outside the ATIP Process

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through informal requests outside of the ATIP process. You may wish to consult BDC’s completed Access to Information (ATI) request summaries. To make an informal request or for additional information about the programs and activities for BDC, please contact us online or at the following:

Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator 5 Place Ville Marie, Suite 400 Montreal, Quebec H3B 5E7 Phone: 1-877-232-2269 atip-aiprp@bdc.ca

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, the applicant may wish to review material in person. The address is:

Business Development Bank of Canada 5 Place Ville-Marie, 3rd floor Montreal, Quebec



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