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How to submit an access to information request

To request a copy of any operational document document held by the SPVM (event report, 911 calls, incident report, etc.), fill out the Event report request form  intended for this purpose. (Click on the link) or send a written request, including:

  • your contact information (last name, first name, address, telephone number, date of birth, etc.)
  • a handwritten signature
  • a copy of a government-issued piece of identification (for example: heath card, driver's licence, or passport). The copy must be clearly legible.
  • the fees for processing the request (*see the section “Applicable fees” below)

It must be as specific as possible, so that the desired documents can be identified and located.

  • If you would like an event or incident report, please specify:

The event number, if known
The nature of the event (accident, assault, mischief, etc.)
The date or period during which the incident occurred
The address where the incident occurred

  • If you would like a copy of 911 calls, please specify:

 The call number, if known
The nature of the event (accident, assault, mischief, etc.)
The date or period during which the incident occurred
The address where the incident occurred
The telephone number from which the call was placed

Attention: For an audio recording of a call, additional fees apply.

For a copy of any administrative document held by the SPVM (table, report or list). send your request in writing, including:

  • your contact information (last name, first name, address, telephone number)
  • the documents requested. The request must be as specific as possible, so that the desired documents can be identified and located. 

For this type of request, you do not need to send a copy of an ID.

Where to send the request

You can send your request

Archives and access to information
5000 rue d’Iberville, porte B-135

Montréal, Québec H2H 2S6

Applicable fees

Please note that fees apply[1] for the reproduction of documents for which you are requesting copies. The fees are $16 for a copy of the event report, confirmation of an intervention by the Police Department, call history or audio/video reproduction, and $0.38 per page to photocopy other documents.

[1] In compliance with the Regulation respecting fees for the transcription, reproduction or transmission of documents or personal information 

For example, if you wish to obtain:

  • One (1) event report at $16
  • Two (2) 911 calls at $16 each
  • One (1) audio recording of a 911 call at $16

The fees will add up to $64.

There are several payment methods available to cover the fees:

  • A bank cheque made to the order of the City of Montréal
  • A money order made to the order of the City of Montréal
  • By Credit card

Note: The fees are exempt from taxes

Restrictions to right of access

Submitting a request for access does not guarantee that you will obtain the desired documents.

The SPVM may refuse to transmit a document or confirm its existence if it contains, for example, information that may interfere with an investigation being conducted, reveal investigation methods, place an individual in danger or cause harm to an individual who provided the information or who is involved in this matter.

Time frame

The time frame set out by the Act respecting Access to Documents is no later than 20 days following receipt of the request, either by giving access to the documents requested, explaining why the documents are not accessible, or referring the requester to the appropriate organization.

In some cases, an additional 10-day delay may be required to process a request.

Recourses

In the event that your request is denied in whole or in part, or if the response you are given is not to your liking, you can request a review from the Commission d'accès à l'information.

Bureau Accès Montréal (BAM)

For a copy of an accident report where there were no injuries, contact your local Bureau Accès Montréal. It will take approximately 10 days to process the request. The fee is also $16.

Customer service locations are listed on the website: www.ville.montreal.qc.ca or by phone at 514-872-0311.

CORONER

When the death involves a coroner's inquest, in no case can the SPVM share a copy of the coroner's report. Only the Chief Coroner, with the express permission of the Minister of Public Security, may transmit a police report appended to the coroner's report.

It is nonetheless possible to obtain a copy of the coroner's inquest report.

All requests involving a violent or unnatural death must be addressed to:

Bureau du coroner
Édifice Le Delta 2, bureau 390
2875 boulevard Laurier
Québec, Québec G1V 5B1

Toll-free: 1-866-312-7051 
Fax: 418-528-2634
Email: acces.information.coroner@coroner.gouv.qc.ca


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