FDI Canada Forum is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal information. This Privacy Statement explains the current information management practices on our websites.

Our commitment and laws

We are committed to protecting your privacy whether you are browsing for information, registering to participate in our event, or signing up for our newsletter.

When you visit our websites, we will not collect your personal information unless you choose to use and receive online products and services that require it.

For transactions involving credit cards, our systems use up-to-date security protocols to ensure information and systems’ integrity and confidentiality.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

You have a choice

If you choose not to provide personal information on our website, you are not under any obligation to do so.

Collection, notice, use, and disclosure

This Privacy Statement explains our current practices regarding what information we may collect, use, and secure your personal information when you visit our websites.


We may only collect personal information that is needful where the collection is necessary to provide you with a program or service. We collect personal information directly from you.


Our website’s privacy section provides information about the principal purpose for wor which information is collected from you. Where a transaction is conducted on our website, we notify you of the personal information we are collecting, and these privacy policies are applicable.


We may only use personal information for the purpose it has been collected or for a consistent purpose.


We may only disclose personal information where we have the legal authority to do so or where the disclosure is for the purpose that we collected the information, such as providing you with a program or service.

What kind of information is collected?

When you browse or download information from our websites, our servers automatically collect limited amounts of standard information for traffic monitoring and statistical purposes. The information is analyzed for operational trends, performance, and for ways to improve our sites.

We collect the following standard types of information:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the computers being used to access our sites

  • operating systems and the types and versions of browsers used to access our sites

  • Internet Service Providers used by visitors to our sites

  • dates and times users access our sites

  • pages visited

  • keywords users enter into our search engine

  • names and sizes of files requested

FDI Canada Forum website collects the above information to provide citizens with access to our websites’ information and services. As a general practice, we do not attempt to link this information with the identity of individuals visiting our sites. If an attempt to damage our site has been detected, we can take further action.

What happens when you send us personal information?

You may choose to provide us with personal information such as your name, address, phone number, email address, and credit card number if you wish to:

  • submit an email, comment, question or request or subscribe for information online

  • request a service, product, or fill out a registration or license form online

  • provide feedback, participate in consultations or surveys online

  • conduct e-commerce transactions with a ministry or agency

When you visit our website, any personal information you provide will be used to respond to your message and/or provide you with the requested service or product.


Cookies used by the FDI Canada Forum do not give us access to anything on your hard drive and cannot do anything to your computer. FDI Canada Forum uses two types of cookies: session cookies (temporary) or persistent cookies (longer-term continuing use).

  • Session cookies may be used to support online feedback/discussion, forms and registration and ‘e-commerce/shopping cart’ transactions – they are used only during your online session and expire when you close your browser. Without session cookies, moving around our Web sites could be much slower

  • persistent cookies are different from session cookies because they are stored on your computer’s hard drive for some length of time – they are usually used if you want us to remember information about your Web preferences (e.g. large font) and passwords for automatic log-in purposes


To serve you better, we use web analytics services including Google Analytics and Webtrends to help analyze our websites’ use. These tools use cookies to collect and generate information about your visits to our sites (including your IP address) that is transmitted to their servers in an anonymous form for processing. We study patterns of website activity so that we can improve the experience of visitors to our sites.

The use of these tools does not allow us or our analytics service providers to identify individuals.

You can opt-out of analytics activity by setting your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent and block analytics cookies if desired. Please consult your browser’s Help Menu for instructions. Visiting our website with analytics cookies disabled will have no significant impact on your browsing experience.

Google currently offers a free Google Analytics opt-out tool for Internet Explorer (versions 7 and 8), Google Chrome (4.x and higher), and Mozilla Firefox (3.5 and higher).


To ensure your information security, FDI Canada Forum uses safeguards including security software and encryption protocols and involves physical, technical, and procedural controls to protect information behind our firewall.

Take steps to protect your online activities

Users are encouraged to learn about protecting their computers to ensure that their online activities remain private. One place to start for tips on home network security is a Question and Answer sheet produced by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute – CERT Coordination Center.


Wherever possible, we seek your consent before we collect personal information. The form of consent may vary depending on the circumstances and the type of information being requested. Consent can be express or implied. Express consent can be given orally, electronically, or in writing. Implied consent may be reasonably inferred from a person’s action or inaction. For example, providing a name and address to receive a publication or providing a name and telephone number to receive a response to a question.