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
In progress
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

2016 Federal Budget

2016 Federal Budget March 22, 2016

Chapter 7 > Expanding Open Data Initiatives

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.