As a statutory corporation, Carleton University enjoys a high degree of self-regulation and autonomy. However, Carleton is also a publicly funded institution. It has a responsibility to be transparent in its governance and accountable – both to its public and private funders and to the Carleton community. As part of this accountability, Ontario universities were brought under the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in 2006.

Carleton University is also accountable under other pieces of Canadian privacy legislation. Financial transactions conducted as part of the operations of ancillary units such as the book store and food services are regulated in part by the federal Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act. Carleton’s Health and Counseling Services are subject to the Personal Health Information Protection Act in their handling of the personal health information of their clients.