As of September 22, 2023, organizations operating in Quebec or handling the personal information (“PI”) of Quebec residents are now subject to a host of new obligations. Compliance with these sweeping amendments brought by Act to modernize legislative provisions respecting the protection of personal information (“Law 25”) to the Private Sector Act require a deliberate and well-documented overhaul of policies, procedures and practices relating to how affected organizations handle Quebec PI.
Privacy Officers across Quebec are hard at work in an effort to demonstrate compliance with the Private Sector Act (and its public sector counterpart) which have been amended by the Act to Modernize Legislative Provisions respecting the Protection of Personal Information (“Law 25” and formerly known as Bill 64).
The Québec government’s Act to Modernize Legislative Provisions respecting the Protection of Personal Information ("Bill 64" or the “Bill”) completed its parliamentary committee review phase on August 24, 2021. Bill 64 was first introduced by the Government of Quebec in the National Assembly on June 12, 2020. After months of committee review that began in February 2021, the detailed study of the Bill by the Committee on Institutions of the National Assembly ended on August 24, 2021.