Government Access to Information

Expand open data initiatives and make government data available digitally so that Canadians can easily use it.

Liberal Platform Page 25 October 5, 2015
Achieved
Dec 2018

Canada launches national action plan on open government

Government News Release December 17, 2018

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, today released Canada’s 2018-20 National Action Plan on Open Government. Canada’s fourth Plan signals an important investment in Canada’s long-term democratic health, designed in collaboration with thousands of Canadians.

The new plan offers 10 open government commitments aimed at advancing government accountability and citizen participation. Whether upgrading digital government services, pursuing the renewal of a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and opening up more access to federal scientific research and data. These actions reflect recommendations from Canadians during the plan’s public consultation process and incorporate lessons learned from previous plans.

Over the next 2 years, multiple federal departments will lead and deliver on the commitments in this plan. Canadians will be able to track progress on the commitments and activities that matter most to them through later in 2019.

The open data government tracker is available here.

May 2016

Liberals scrap most Access to Information fees, issue openness directive

CBC News May 05, 2016

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.

Mar 2016

Expanding Open Data Initiatives

2016 Federal Budget March 22, 2016

The Government is committed to accelerating and expanding open data initiatives and to better involving Canadians in policy-making.

Budget 2016 proposes to provide $11.5 million over five years to double the Treasury Board Secretariat's budget for open government activities. This funding will allow the Treasury Board Secretariat to enhance its capacity to support engagement with Canadians, to design and deliver an ambitious open government strategy and to accelerate the provision of digital content.