Canada's 5th National Action Plan on Open Government

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Thank you for visiting Open Government’s 5th National Action Plan consultation platform.

Our consultation period for public engagement on draft commitments has ended. The feedback and ideas you provided are helping us shape the next plan for an open, accountable, and transparent government.

We invite you to continue learning by browsing through our website.

Thank you for visiting Open Government’s 5th National Action Plan consultation platform.

Our consultation period for public engagement on draft commitments has ended. The feedback and ideas you provided are helping us shape the next plan for an open, accountable, and transparent government.

We invite you to continue learning by browsing through our website.

  • Open Data for Results (Closed)

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    Mindsets around open data have matured amongst practitioners and experts. While the end state is still open by default where everything that can be released is released, we need to start by focusing on releasing timely, relevant and high-quality data that has the highest potential for impact.

    Open Data for Results is key to prioritize publicly demanded, high-value data and information, to raise awareness of the value of the data and to mature the management of open data within the Government of Canada.

    For additional information on what we heard from Canadians and Civil Society, as well as on international best practices, please read this thematic backgrounder and our meeting summaries with key civil society stakeholders in the areas of disability and open data.

  • Fiscal, Financial, and Corporate Transparency (Closed)

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    This is one of the most important but also one of the most challenging open government policy areas in that it requires time and persistence. While progress has been made through various past commitments, open contracting data, beneficial ownership transparency, and fiscal transparency remain key to an open government, especially when it comes to the management of COVID-19 response and recovery programs, the management of public funds, and how the government counters the risks of corruption. Civil society also raised the issue of the privatization of democratic accountability through procurement of technology and software where non-state actors are increasingly dictating how certain technologies will affect citizens.

    For additional information on what we heard from Canadians and Civil Society, as well as on international best practices, please read this thematic backgrounder.

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Growth (Closed)

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    Canadians are increasingly concerned about climate change and discussions on the post-COVID-19 recovery have put an onus on building back with environmental considerations in mind. Governments, the business community and citizens seek to make informed decisions to contribute to the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate against climate risk and modifications to our natural and human environments, and adapt to climate change. Many initiatives, such as the annual Synthesis Report on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change; the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy; and Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan, provide information to citizens on progress on fighting climate change. By enhancing access to detailed, reliable, accessible and timely climate and environmental science, information and data, the Government of Canada will help other levels of governments, businesses and citizens better understand climate change and its impacts on our ecosystems. It will help those actors take this into account in their decision-making in order to make more informed decisions and, overall, help build resiliency to climate change.

    For additional information on what we heard from Canadians and Civil Society, as well as on international best practices, please read this thematic backgrounder.

  • Combating Disinformation and Safeguarding Fair Elections (Closed)

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    More and more, social media are becoming one of the main outlets for news and information. Around the world, this has contributed to the spread of disinformation thus threatening public trust, undermining the ability to conduct fair elections, and weakening the voices of reliable news sources. The online behaviors observed during election periods and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated how the spread of disinformation can have harmful consequences on the health of our democracy and the lives of Canadians. It is critical that the Government improves its communications around authoritative information and strengthens its policy frameworks. The Government should also work towards giving to Canadians from various horizons the access and tools they need to think critically about the information they come across and by extension, participate more effectively in democratic processes and take decisions in their day-to-day lives.

    For additional information on what we heard from Canadians and Civil Society, as well as on international best practices, please read this thematic backgrounder.

  • Justice (Closed)

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    This past year shone a light on the importance of justice and brought it to the forefront through international movements. We also saw side effects of the pandemic which kindled other access to justice issues, such as legal problems related to detention, employment, housing and debt. Access to Justice and Open Justice are key to helping all communities across the country have access to the data, information and services they need to effectively resolve their legal problems. This ensures a people-centred approach to justice which works to better understand and meet the legal needs of the people of Canada.

    Read our Justice Thematic Backgrounder (PDF) for a summary of What We Heard around this topic through our first two phases of consultations.