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Certificate in Information Privacy

Get smart on the essentials of personal data protection

Information privacy is one of the most important public policy issues of our digital age and an issue of vital importance to Canadians and Canadian organizations. It also is a fast-emerging profession that encompasses how an entity collects, stores, shares and uses personal data. Data-driven organizations need to consider how factors like customer expectations, domestic and global regulations and emerging technologies can impact their operations, management and marketing practices.

Now, more than ever, institutions and individuals need to ensure that  their personal data are used appropriately and according to ethical & legal best practices. Employers are searching for proactive and knowledgeable information privacy professionals to help recommend, implement, manage and scale solutions on an organization’s privacy needs.

Over a five-year period, GTA job postings in information privacy have increased by 142%. For professionals looking to upgrade their skill set or embark on a new career in information privacy, there’s never been a better time to begin.

142% increased demand for Information Privacy experts
182% growth in job postings requiring skills related to privacy

Program Description

In the Certificate in Information Privacy, you will gain fundamental knowledge in information principles, legal concepts, operational methods and emerging technologies that define privacy practice today. You will improve your privacy awareness as well as contribute to better the privacy practices within the organizations you serve or work within. Created in collaboration with Canadian privacy leaders and subject matter experts, this part-time, three-course program is offered in a completely online format to accommodate the schedules and commitments of working professionals.

In only six months of study, you will:

  • Acquire a holistic understanding of the organizational value of privacy and data protection
  • Learn basic tools and methods for safeguarding personal information
  • Comprehend global legal and regulatory requirements for information privacy
  • Interpret the privacy ramifications of new technologies, applications, products and services
  • Learn to identify potential risks, vulnerabilities, harms or misuses of data
  • Identify and coordinate privacy breaches/risk assessments
  • Contribute to the development of an organization’s privacy program

You will learn practical, privacy-enabling tools and methods such as a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), which assists organizations in identifying and managing the privacy risks arising from new initiatives. You will also learn about Privacy by Design (PbD), a process for embedding privacy-aware features and interfaces in an organization’s product and service development efforts.

And, since privacy protection is a collaborative effort that involves multiple stakeholders, you will gain cross-functional professional skills such as communication, team building and critical thinking. Near the end of the program, you will apply what you have learned towards examining and analyzing real-world privacy breaches.

Our program’s comprehensive curriculum in a condensed format allows you to graduate faster with the skills employers want. By the time you finish, you will have the essential knowledge to stay smart on privacy best practices in today’s rapidly evolving business, technological and consumer environments.

Who should take this program?

The Certificate in Information Privacy is for any individual who seeks a potential career path toward information privacy as a discipline. Additionally, it serves individuals who simply want to better understand privacy as a public policy issue.

This program can also enhance the careers of people with an educational background or work experience in:

Information ManagementInformation Management

Information TechnologyInformation Technology

Human ResourcesHuman Resources


… and related fields

Program delivery

As of March 16, 2020, all our Continuing Education programs will be delivered 100% online. The School of Continuing Studies has launched and delivered many quality online programs over the years. This is not new to us, and there will be no interruptions or compromise in learning quality for those considering starting their studies with us.

Program delivery format is 100% Online


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of information privacy
  2. Consider the risks and benefits of information privacy from organizational and consumer perspectives
  3. Comprehend major Canadian and global privacy laws, regulations and standards
  4. Grasp the privacy implications of new technologies and services
  5. Understand information security tools, methods, and principles used to safeguard information privacy
  6. Conduct and write a Privacy Impact Assessment
  7. Recognize privacy incidents and breaches and understand how to address them
  8. Identify the essentials of stakeholder management (members, employees and other third parties)
  9. Support the development and the enhancement of an organization’s privacy program

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Information Privacy is a direct registration program.


Fundamentals of Information Privacy

Establish a foundation in basic information privacy terminology, concepts and approaches. You will understand the privacy principles frameworks, the role that privacy serves in data governance and risk management generally. You will also learn what defines the Canadian regulatory model and how this contrasts with other data protection regimes around the world.

Privacy in Technology

Be introduced to the information lifecycle: the types, flows and behaviors of personal data in an organization’s IT system from collection, processing and sharing to storage and erasure. Learn how to maintain data quality and inventory, apply security safeguards and embed privacy into the product/service development process through “privacy by design” (PbD). Lastly, acquire informed privacy perspectives on new and emerging technologies such as IoT, 5G and blockchain.

Privacy in Operations

Leverage the legal and technical knowledge established from prior sections into best practices that can be applied in everyday operational environments: privacy impact assessments (PIAs); vendor, contract and records management; incident mitigation and response; and, customer communications such as consent and access requests, notices and policies. These are the practical tools and methods for operationalizing privacy in any size of organization across Canada today.

Advisory council


Anick Fortin-Cousens, CIPP/C
Vice President of Privacy, Ceridian.

Bio coming soon

Cristina Onosé, CIPP/C, CIPM
Lead, Privacy Advocacy and Thought Leadership, PwC Canada

Bio coming soon

Deborah Evans, CIPP/C
Chief Privacy Officer, Rogers Communications

Bio coming soon

Hassan Jaferi
Chief Executive Officer – Bitnobi

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Karl Larson, CISA, CISM, CCSK
Chief Information Security Officer, TELUS

Bio coming soon

Laura Stevenson, CIPP/C
Director, Compliance & Ethics, Omers

Bio coming soon

Maria Koslunova, CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPM, FIP
Manager, Cyber Security and Privacy Practice, PwC Canada

Bio coming soon

Peter Kosmala, CIPP/US
Founder and Principal, PRIVĀT

Bio coming soon

Vance Lockton, CIPP/C, CIPM
Manager, Digital Governance, Waterfront Toronto

Bio coming soon

Program Policies

Term Session Price (CAD) Register
Fall 2020 Certificate in Information Privacy (September 2020-April 2021) $3,297.00 Register

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