In April 2008, the Canadian government discontinued the operation of the Coordination of Access to Information Requests System (CAIRS) database. The database was the leading source of information on access to information requests across all federal government departments. By searching CAIRS, Canadians could easily identify prior requests, thereby reducing taxpayer costs by reducing duplicative requests.
CAIRS.Info, which is maintained by University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, provides access to searchable PDF copies of the same information that was contained in the CAIRS database. Visitors can easily search by government department, date of the request, or keywords within the requests.