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Canada Updating its Action Plan on Open Government

July 16, 2014 – Montréal – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Today, consultations on Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government continued in Montréal with a public roundtable. 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 Montréal event is part of a nation-wide series being held by the Government of Canada. Representatives from the City of Montréal, Open Government enthusiasts, and interested citizens attended the event. Consultations will also be held in Vancouver and Toronto in the next few weeks.

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 almost 200,000 datasets, and events like the CODE appathon, which encourage innovation and economic activity that can benefit Canadians. On-going 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.

Quick facts

  • Canada has been a member of the Open Government Partnership since March 2012, which now includes over 60 countries worldwide.
  • The Government of 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 are being 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 22 – Vancouver
    • July 24 – Toronto
    Please send an e-mail to open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca if you are interested in participating in one of the upcoming workshops.

Quotes

"I encourage all Canadians to share their views on our Government's Action Plan on Open Government. 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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