Privacy Policy

Defining Personal Information

Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. This information can include facts about, or related to, the individual.

Information in the public domain is not subject to privacy legislation and as such is not included in this policy.

PAF considers registrant, volunteer, and donor information always to be personal information, and does not disclose information about these parties without consent.

PAF observes the following practices when collecting, maintaining and using personal information:


An individual’s consent is required regarding the collection and proposed use of personal information when information is collected. Consent can be either express or implied and can be provided directly by the individual or by an authorized representative. Express consent can be given electronically, orally, or in writing. Implied consent is consent that can reasonably be inferred from an individual’s action or inaction. An individual’s consent is required before confidential information is released to outside parties.

Website Cookies

The PAF website uses persistent cookies within visiting browsers to enable the functions of the website and for tracking performance. Specifically, cookies are used the following ways:

  • preserving and expiring visitor sessions on the site (eg. preserving data between steps of a process; and ending the session after a period of inactivity),
  • storing aesthetic and visual preferences of the view (eg. font size preferences on the site), and
  • enabling web analytic tools (such as Google Analytics – see below)

Cookies are used anonymously and without storing Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Visitors that wish to opt-out of cookies should review the help documentation for their browser software to decline or selectively decline cookies. Note that declining cookies may adversely impact site performance and experience.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics to track performance. Google Analytics uses persistent cookies to track visitor sessions, visitors across multiple sessions, and referral sources to our sites. We may also track the performance of promotional links to our site using Google Analytics. In compliance with the Google Analytics Terms of Service, at no time is personally identifiable information (PII) passed to Google Analytics. Note that Google Analytics stores its data within the United States of America and is subject to US laws. We use this data to understand site performance to serve you better. Those wishing to opt out of Google Analytics data collection should use the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Limited Collection

The collection of personal information is limited to that which is relevant and necessary to our programs and fundraising efforts. PAF shall not make unwarranted or intrusive inquiries into a donor or prospect’s gift history or personal life. PAF attributes all data that it collects.

Limited Use, Disclosure and Retention

Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information shall be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.


Personal information shall be as complete, accurate and up-to-date as possible. Registrants and donors are encouraged to review, correct and update personal information.

Security Safeguards

Personal information gathered by PAF shall be kept in confidence. PAF personnel shall be authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained.

Appropriate physical and electronic measures shall be used to ensure personal information is secure. Access to registrant, donor and volunteer records shall be limited to those who require such information to fulfil their job responsibilities. Special protection shall be given to all records pertaining to anonymous donors. The confidentiality of donor and volunteer records shall continue after the relationship with the individual has ended.


Registrants who request their private information not be minimized for public released shall remain anonymous. Donors who request that their name or the amount of the gift not be publicly released shall remain anonymous.


Upon request, individuals that have submitted personal information shall be given access to review their information.

Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information may be found on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at