Privacy Policy 

The School Garden Network www.schoolgardennetwork.ca has been designed by Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada in order to offer users an opportunity to share information on school gardening practices. While Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada is committed to protecting the personal information of users according to the Privacy Policy below, users of the site are ultimately responsible for what information they choose to make public through the site.

Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada (the "Foundation" or "NFL") is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy and safeguarding the confidentiality of personal, business and financial information entrusted to us. Collecting, using, and disclosing personal information in an appropriate and responsible manner and in compliance with federal and provincial laws is fundamental to the Foundation's policies and security practices.

The following Privacy Policy was developed by the Foundation to disclose the way in which we collect, handle, retain, and safeguard your personal information. The policy applies to all websites owned and managed by the Foundation, including the Nutrients for Life Canada website at www.nutrientsforlife.ca and the School Garden Network at www.schoolgardennetwork.ca. Please carefully review this policy before using any feature of our websites. This policy may be updated or modified from time to time and any change will become effective immediately upon posting to the website. Please periodically re-read this Policy to review any changes.

The following policy outlines how the Foundation will collect, use, protect and disclose personal information. Please note that this policy also applies to Internet and e-mail use by the Foundation's customers, clients and staff.

What is personal information?

Personal information is any information which can identify an individual or through which an individual's identity can be deduced, and which is disclosed to us or which we create within the context of our relationship with the individual. Please note that Personal information does not include information which does not relate to an identified individual nor does it include an individual's name, title, business address or business telephone number (i.e. "business card information").

The Foundation's privacy policy is based on the Canadian Standards Association's Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information.

Why does the Foundation collect personal information?

In serving the needs of the Foundation and its customers, clients and staff, it is important that the Foundation have accurate information. The Foundation may collect personal information in order to:

  • establish your identity
  • understand your needs for, and determine your suitability for, products, services and information
  • provide services and information to you and process payments for your account
  • inform you of new products, services and information
  • adhere to legal requirements

How will personal information be used?

The Foundation may use personal information in order to:

  • administer and maintain its relationship with you
  • provide you with information which may be of interest to you
  • comply with legal, regulatory and other obligations
  • carry out our business operations

When might personal information be disclosed?

The Foundation may disclose personal information in order to:

  • allow access to distribution of information which may be of interest
  • explore and/or undertake corporate opportunities

How does the Foundation collect your personal information?

We collect your personal information at the time you become a customer or client of the Foundation and thereafter when we communicate with you. For example, we collect your personal information through:

  • our agreements with you
  • your signing up to the School Garden Network or to receive our newsletter
  • your visits to our website

How does the Foundation protect personal information?

Safeguards, security systems and processes are in place to protect your information against unauthorized access, disclosure, use, or modification, whether on-site or off-site.

Except as set out below, we will not disclose your personal information to any third parties. We do not sell your personal information.

How long will the Foundation retain your information?

We retain your information for only so long as is necessary for the purposes for which it has been collected. Your personal information will be destroyed once it is no longer needed by us and once all requirements at law have been met. Have you consented?

There are some instances where we may need to disclose personal information to a third party service provider such as an Internet provider. Whenever we engage a third party service provider, we confirm that its privacy and security standards meet our requirements. In the event that a third party service provider is located outside of Canada, the government, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies of that jurisdiction may be able to obtain disclosure of your personal information through the laws of that jurisdiction.

By submitting your personal information to us, you have consented to our use and disclosure of the personal information for the purposes as outlined in this policy. If we wish to use or disclose your personal information other than as described in this policy, we will obtain your express consent before doing so.

If you prefer that we not use or disclose your personal information for any of these purposes, you may notify us in writing at any time. If you do not notify us, we will consider you to have consented to our continued use and disclosure of your personal information. A notification that we not use or disclose your personal information for certain purposes may affect our ability to provide you with products and/or services.

Please note that from time to time, we may be compelled to release personal information as required or permitted by law.

How can you access your personal information?

Your personal information is accessible to you. However please note that if your information is combined with information of others (such as payroll spreadsheets), you will not be granted access to such information unless we are able to segment your personal information. If your request for personal information entails a significant cost due to time, resources or copying, there may be a charge.

Our website

Each time you visit our website, we may gather the date, time, browser type, name of visitor's internet service provider, the site that referred the visitor to us, any pages that are requested, the navigation history and IP address of the visitor. The foregoing information does not generally contain anything that can identify users personally. We use this information for our internal audit log and system administration, and to gather broad demographic information about our user base. This information may be shared with third parties in order to provide services for aggregate use.

If you object to this gathering of information, you should not use or access our web pages.

Our website may employ the use of "cookies". A "cookie" is a small line of data that is sent to your Internet browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies can track how and when you use a site. A cookie does not damage your system and identifies your browser, not you personally. If you do not wish to receive a cookie, use the options in your web browser.

Links to third-party websites

The Foundation provides links to external websites, operated and maintained by third parties and the Foundation is not responsible for their availability, content, privacy practices or delivery of services. This Privacy policy does not cover information collected on sites linked to any the Foundation website and once you link to the other site, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of that new site. You should carefully read the privacy policy of a linked website before disclosing any personal information on such site.

Changes to privacy statement

The Foundation reserves the right to make minor modifications to this Privacy Statement in the interest of further enhancing the protection of personal information. If any substantial changes are made, the Foundation will post a notice on its Web site.

Who should you contact if you have questions or concerns about this policy?

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, or should you wish to review your personal information, please contact:

Privacy Officer, Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada,
350 Sparks St., Suite 907,
Ottawa, ON K1R 7S8
Tel: (613) 230-2600
Fax: (613) 230-5142