49. Where the person in charge must give the third person the notice required in section 25, he must do so by mail within 20 days from the date the request was received and provide him with an opportunity to submit written observations. He must also inform the applicant of the notice and indicate to him the time limits provided in this section.
If the person in charge does not succeed in notifying a third person by mail after taking reasonable steps to do so, the third person may be notified in another manner, such as by public notice in a newspaper in the place where the last known address of the third person is located. If there is more than one third person and more than one notice is required, all third persons are deemed to have been notified only once all the notices have been published.
The third person concerned may submit his observations within 20 days of being informed of the intention of the person in charge. If he fails to do so within the time limit, he is deemed to have consented to granting access to the document.
The person in charge must give notice of his decision by mail to the applicant and the third person concerned within 15 days of presentation of the observations, or of expiry of the period prescribed for presentation. If the person in charge has given public notice, a notice of the decision need only be sent to the third person who submitted written observations. Where the decision grants access to the documents, it is executory on the expiry of 15 days from the date the notice was mailed.
1982, c. 30, s. 49; 2006, c. 22, s. 27.