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.
Liberals scrap most Access to Information fees, issue openness directive
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.
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.