About Open Government

Open Government is about making government more accessible to everyone. This means giving greater access to government data and information to the Canadian public and the businesses community.

Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership (2016-18)

Learn more about Canada’s commitments to becoming a more open, inclusive, and accessible government.

Open government across Canada

Explore open government programs and events from coast to coast to coast, get information and tools to help build your own portal, including implementing the Open Government Licence in your jurisdiction.

Directive on Open Government

The Directive on Open Government is Canada’s “open by default” policy, providing clear and mandatory requirements to departments which will ensure that Canadians get access the most government information and data possible.

Open Government Licence

This easy to understand licence promotes the reuse of published Government of Canada content as widely as possible.

International collaboration

Open government is an approach that has taken hold in many nations, not just Canada. Regardless of their political or structural organization, governments across the globe are making substantial efforts to render their data and information accessible to citizens, researchers and civil society.

Open Government analytics

Learn more about our top downloads, latest datasets by department, visits by province, and more.

Advisory panel

Stay up to date with the views of national and international experts from civil society, business, and academia who are providing their insight to advance Canada’s open government activities.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to common questions about Canada’s Open Government activities.