The General Administration Function covers common administrative records of sub-functions and activities relating to the management of government information, management of technology, security and administrative support.
See the General Administration Function (in Section 1) under / Introduction/ Scope. Where specific subjects and activities are not listed in the retention table, institutions should refer to the alphabetical index located at the end of the guidelines for guidance.
1.3 Personal Information
The retention of personal information contained in records that has been used by a federal institution in the course of its business is governed by Section 6 of the Privacy Act, and Section 4 and 7 of the Privacy Act Regulations.
Section 4 (1)of the Privacy Act Regulations states that personal information that is used for an administrative purpose (i.e. the use of the information in a decision making process that directly affects that individual) must be retained for a minimum of two (2) years unless the individual consents to its earlier disposal:
Guidance on the retention for records that contain personal information and have been subject to an "Access to Information" request is provided in Section 7 of the Privacy Act Regulations, which states;
In establishing retention periods for records containing personal information that are generated in support of the General Administration Function, federal institutions should ensure that the Privacy Act and Privacy Act Regulations are applied.
1.4 Offices of Primary Interest (OPI) and Offices of Collateral Interest (OCI)
See the General Administration Function (in Section 1) / Introduction / Offices of Primary Interest and Offices of Collateral Interest, for examples of those institutions for which the retention guidelines only apply to their common administrative records.
Note that nothing in these guidelines should be seen as constituting an authority or requirement to dispose of records. Use of the Retention Guidelines should be in accordance with the proposals contained in the main Introduction. For direction regarding the disposition of common administrative records related to the General Administration Function, institutions should consult, Library and Archives Canada's Multi-Institutional Disposition Authority (MIDA) No. 98/001.
1.6 Retention Period Guidelines
When records are covered by an existing MIDA, the retention information offered takes the form of retention guidelines expressed in months, calendar years and fiscal years. In the absence of specific retention guidance and unless specified otherwise, the five year retention period for policy and procedures and the two year retention period for routine records should be applied to similar records related to each sub-heading listed in this function. Please refer to the "General Retention Guideline" provided at the beginning of the "General Administration Function" table for additional information.
For advice and assistance regarding the retention guidelines, please contact the Recordkeeping Liaison Centre.