Creating Canada’s 4th Plan on Open Government 2018-20

Open government is about increasing transparency, participation, and collaboration to make government better. Every two years, we work with you to create a plan as part of our membership in the global open government partnership.

Starting this fall, the Multi-stakeholder Forum will play a key role in this collaborative process

We are now creating our 4th plan to be published in July 2018. This is your opportunity to help make government more open and responsive.

Open Government Action Plan Callout - Melanie Robert: Transcript

Mélanie Robert: So I’m Mélanie Robert. I work at Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada on Open Government.

Canada is a member of this great organization called the Open Government Partnership, an international organization that helps structure our open government efforts. And as part of that, we get to do a plan every two year with our commitments to Canada and the world, and we’re about to start our new consultations for the next plan to come, the 2018 to 2020 Plan.

Open Government is about equipping you to participate in our democracy. It’s about allowing you inside, for you to shape our policies and shape the great new services that we want to give, improve the services. So use that power. Participate. We really want this to be a great plan, and we need your ideas for that.

So get involved. Go on and share your ideas with us, so we can make this plan the best one so far. You can follow us on social media—for example, on our Twitter account.

So it’s important you participate to make your democracy a better one.

How do I participate?

Between now and June 30, 2018, you can participate in every phase of creating and implementing the plan. The graphic below describes the process, and the paragraphs that follow provide links to participation opportunities as they become available.

Open Government Engagement Cycle
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The Open Government Engagement Cycle consists of 6 different phases:

  1. Planning
    Starting in October 2017
    Solicit involvement and community suggestions on priorities and approach. Establish partnerships.
  2. Shaping
    October 2017 to February 2018
    Generate ideas and refinements. Gather and analyze data. Develop potential commitment list.  Digital and in-person engagement aligned with third party events. 
  3. Drafting
    February to March 2018
    Integrate results and co-create commitments. Prepare comment disposition. Confirm delivery partnerships.
  4. Reviewing
    April– May 2018
    Cabinet and digital public review of draft plan. 
  5. Finalizing
    June 2018
    Integrate comments from public. Collaborate as required to accommodate changes. Publish final plan, What We Heard report and comment data.
  6. Implementing
    July 2018 – June 2020
    Facilitation, project management and reporting as commitments go live.

These 6 phases are arranged around a core of listening, responding and learning:

  • Ongoing social media, email, onsite comments.
  • Categorization, analysis and reporting of what we are hearing and doing.
  • Ongoing review of process and continuous improvement.


Online from October 2017.

The main questions here are what priorities to focus on, and where to meet you in-person.


Online and in-person until February 2018.

We want your feedback on what should be included in the plan.


Online from February to March 2018.

We put pen to paper and start to define the commitments that will move forward. This phase is about collaborating to create ambitious milestones that advance transparency and participation.

  • Help us draft commitments (Details to be announced)


Online from April to May 2018.

Once we have a draft plan, we will make it public so you can help make it better.

  • Comment on the draft plan (Details to be announced)


Online from June 2018.

We will publish the final plan as well as a What We Heard report and dataset of comments so you can see for yourself the feedback we received and what we did with it.

  • Comment on the final plan (Details to be announced)


Online and in-person from July 2018.

Civil society champions collaborate with government officials on the milestones identified in the plan and report on progress.

  • Comment on the milestone tracker (Details to be announced)

Contact us at any phase of the consultation

Please note that all consultation responses received may be published in the What We Heard report and dataset. For more information please see the privacy statement.

How do I stay connected?

Learn more

To learn more about how to improve transparency, accountability and citizen participation in Canada please visit our Learning Hub and About Open Government.

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User comments

Happy to assist

I'm happy with the progress so far, particularly with the development of an open data toolkit and the 4th Plan on Open Government. I think we need to move away from where we began this journey in rowing boats to where we could so easily sail flagships, not in isolation, but as a fleet ;o)

Great work team!
I would be happy to assist you in any way - co-lead a session, help you facilitate, whatever it may be!
Let me know, happy to help!
You know how to reach me :)

I'm completely interesting in being part of this process.

Happy to contribute in any way I can.

The digital divide is alive and well; how can it be overcome or otherwise neutralized.

Gender analysis is similarly important.if the world Open Government seeks to support gives equal care and attention to the dignity of all persons, including Indian, Innu, Metis and all Indigenous Peoples.