How often does Edmonton City Council meet in private?

In 260 of 560 total council/committee, council voted to meet in private. That means that the number of meetings that have a private component is:
46%

The most often cited section of FOIP is Section 24

You may click on any section of this pie chart to get an overview of that FOIP section

No FOIP section cited

Sometimes, the minutes for the meeting do not contain the section of FOIP used to go in-private or to keep documents private.

Other section of FOIP

We've provided a brief summary of the most common FOIP sections here, but you can view them all in the official FOIP act on the Queen's Printer (pdf)

FOIP Section 16: Disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party

If a third-party business provides information, in confidence, to the City of Edmonton, they can use this section to prevent any of that information from being revealed to the public during a public meeting, with the intention of protecting a business' economic interests.

FOIP Section 17: Disclosure harmful to personal privacy

If a third-party business provides information, in confidence, to the City of Edmonton, they can use this section to prevent any of that information from being revealed to the public during a public meeting, with the intention of protecting a business' economic interests.

FOIP Section 19: Confidential evaluations

When City Council performs agency and board interviews as well as employee and other types of evaluations, the details of such evaluations are kept private under this section.

FOIP Section 21: Disclosure harmful to intergovernmental relations

Any information that might be expected to harm and embarrass relations between orders of governments or government agencies. Much, I'm sure, to WikiLeaks' chagrin.

FOIP Section 24: Advice from Officials

This section of FOIP primarily deals with keeping the advice and guidance of government officials private. Since this section permits the keeping private positions, plans, procedures, criteria or instructions developed for the purpose of contractual or other negotiations by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta or a public body, or considerations that relate to those negotiations it was often used in relation to LRT projects.

FOIP Section 25: Disclosure harmful to economic and other interests of a public body

This section of FOIP broadly gives the City the authority to deny access to information based on the perceived monetary value of that information and the potential competitive advantage the city might lose by releasing said information.

FOIP Section 27: Privileged information

This section deals with protecting information that is privileged either through solicitor-client privilege or parliamentary privilege. Of important note, according to this section the city must refuse to release information under solicitor-client privilege that relates to any person that is not a public body. Any legal matters relating to individual citizens or businesses must not be released.


On average, there are 5 private meetings or confidential documents per month

These most frequently occurred during City Council (80 meetings) (100 total)

Meeting Type # of Meetings
Executive Committee 47 / 74
CM and CA Performance Review Committee 19 / 20
Transportation Committee 16 / 45
Community Services Committee 16 / 49
Community and Public Services Committee 12 / 24
Utility Committee 12 / 20
Audit Committee 11 / 20
Special Audit Committee 10 / 11
Special City Council 10 / 19
City Manager Recruitment Committee 6 / 8
Council Services Committee 4 / 14
Special Executive Committee 4 / 9
Audit Selection Committee 4 / 6
Special Community Services Committee 4 / 5
Urban Planning Committee 3 / 23
City Council Public Hearing 1 / 73
City Council Budget 1 / 3


With 113 motions M. Walters - Councillor moves to meet in private and keep reports private the most.
M. Walters - Councillor Ward 10
97%

Meetings: 272 / 279 (97%)

Votes: 7 944 / 8 203 ( 97% )

Councillor # of Motions
B. Henderson - Councillor 90
B. Esslinger - Councillor 80
M. Oshry - Councillor 76
A. Knack - Councillor 62
T. Caterina - Councillor 46
E. Gibbons - Councillor 45
S. McKeen - Councillor 43
M. Nickel - Councillor 34
B. Anderson - Councillor 32
D. Loken - Councillor 27
M. Banga - Councillor 26
A. Sohi - Councillor 18
D. Iveson - Mayor 13



How was this calculated?

The open data catalogue was used to pull all motions, agenda items and meetings from the Open Data Catalogue. A meeting was determined to be in private if it met either of two criteria: there was a vote to meet in private that was carried (note: there has never been a motion to meet in private that was not carried) or there was a private report in which a vote was carried to have the report remain private.

Due to the text-based nature of the data in the open data catalogue, this data is presented as best-effort and mistakes are endeavoured to be corrected, however there may be slight issues with source data integrity and some of the calculations. If anything is noticed to be suspect, please reach out as soon as possible!