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Are you looking for a government report, briefing note or dataset? We’ve pre-written letters for some of the most commonly-requested records. Once you’ve filled out a template, copy the text and paste it into an online request form or mail it to the public body of your choice. For questions about the FOI process, consult our guides. You can also browse examples of FOIs filed by Globe journalists.

Briefing notes are high-level memos summarizing an issue for a senior government official, making them great targets for FOI requests. Some are simply informative, while others will present options and ask the official to make a decision. When requesting briefing notes, learning of their existence is half the battle. Fortunately, the federal government makes briefing note titles available online. You can search through the list here. Typically, other jurisdictions don’t do this, so you’ll have to first request a list of briefing note titles.

To whom it may concern,

This is a request under this jurisdiction’s freedom of information legislation for records held by .

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