73. Despite section 9 of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (chapter A-2.1), the annual report is confidential
(1) for 60 days after its receipt by the Minister; and
(2) for any extension of that period the Minister may determine in order to protect the research underway, the archaeological site or the archaeological property it contains, after inviting the archaeological research permit holder to submit observations on the matter.
The total period during which the report is to remain confidential may not exceed five years from the date on which the Minister receives it.
During the period of confidentiality, the Minister may disclose all or part of the report
(1) to a public body, within the meaning given that expression by the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, in keeping with that Act;
(2) to any other person, to protect the archaeological site or the archaeological property concerned, or to promote archaeological research; and
(3) to a Native community that may be concerned with the results of the archaeological research.
The report, including the personal information it contains, becomes public on the expiry of the period of confidentiality.