Liberals scrap most Access to Information fees, issue openness directive
The Liberal government is immediately waiving all fees associated with access to information requests - apart from the $5 application charge.
It is also telling federal agencies to make information available in the format of the requester's choice, such as handy data spreadsheets, wherever possible.
The measures are included in an interim directive on openness from Treasury Board President Scott Brison. He said the openness directive is guided by the principle that government information belongs to the people it serves and should be open by default.
The Access to Information Act hasn't been amended yet, although this interim directive denotes progress on that front.