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Canada Updating its Action Plan on Open Government

June 27, 2014 – Ottawa – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Today, consultations on Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government continued in Ottawa with a public round table at the University of Ottawa. Treasury Board President Tony Clement launched the consultations in May to hear directly from Canadians about their ideas for the Government of Canada to focus its efforts toward increased openness and transparency.

Representatives from the City of Ottawa, Open Government enthusiasts, and citizens attended the event. Ongoing consultations, both online and in person, are designed to produce an Action Plan that will provide citizens with better data and information, and more opportunities to learn about and participate in government.

Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government will build on the successes of the first Action Plan, such as the Open Government Licence, the Open Government Portal (data.gc.ca) with over 190,000 data sets, and events like the CODE appathon, which encourage innovation and economic activity that can benefit Canadians.

Quick facts

  • Canada has been a member of the Open Government Partnership since March 2012, which now includes over 60 countries worldwide.
  • Canada released its first Action Plan on Open Government in 2012 structured along three streams: Open Information, Open Data, and Open Dialogue.
  • Consultations on the development of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 will run until fall 2014 in three phases.
  • A report on the findings from all three phases of the consultation will be published later this year and summaries of ideas and comments submitted will be posted at regular intervals.
  • You can find more details on upcoming in-person events on data.gc.ca. Confirmed dates for public workshops include:
    • July 16 – Montréal
    • July 22 – Vancouver
    Please send an email to open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca to participate in an upcoming workshop.

Quotes

"I encourage all Canadians to share their views on our Government's Action Plan on Open Government,” said Minister Clement. “Goals for Action Plan 2.0 include sharing ways Canadians can learn about and participate in government, driving innovation and economic opportunities, and creating a more cost-effective, efficient and responsive government."

Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board

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