Privacy Statement

The Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity (OCHE) is committed to protecting the privacy of any personal information you may provide when visiting our website. Part of that commitment is to explain what information may be collected, why and how it will be used, and who may have access to it. Our practices have been designed to ensure compliance with the privacy provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). This privacy statement applies to interactions with the Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity web server. It does not apply to any other website.

Personal information

When you visit the OCHE web site, you do so anonymously; there is no need to tell us who you are. If you direct an enquiry to a specific OCHE department or staff member, we may ask you to provide your name and mailing address or e-mail address for the purpose of responding to your enquiry. Only those who “need to know” will have access to the personal information provided.

OCHE does not intend to use any information provided by visitors for any purpose that is inconsistent with the purpose for which the information was provided, as stated on the web page. A visitor to the OCHE website will not receive correspondence or e-mails from the OCHE on any subject other than those subjects the visitor has given us permission to contact them about.

Logging practices

OCHE logs HTTP requests to the OCHE web server. These logs record the IP address of site visitors. An IP address is the number automatically assigned to the computer or to the ISP (Internet Service Provider) requesting a URL. Log files are archived and used for systems analysis, maintenance and site evaluation.

Use of cookies

During user interaction with our Internet site, we may use a browser feature called a “cookie” to store information anonymously. A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that identifies your browser, but not you, to our computers each time you visit our web pages.

Unless you specifically advise us, we will not know who you are, even though we may assign your computer a cookie. We cannot use cookies, by themselves, to disclose the individual identity of any site user, and we never combine information gathered by a cookie with personally identifiable information, such as your name, telephone number, or e-mail address.