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Canada Updating its Action Plan on Open Government

July 4, 2014 – Waterloo – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Today, consultations on Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government touched down in Waterloo with an expert panel session held at Communitech, an entrepreneurial hub that supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, met with experts from industry, government and academia as part of a series of consultations being held by the Government of Canada and following a similar session in Ottawa last week.

Treasury Board President Tony Clement launched the consultations in May to hear directly from Canadians about their ideas for increased openness and transparency in the federal government. The ongoing consultations, both on-line 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 datasets 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 e-mail 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 MP Braid on behalf of 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."

Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo

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