Help shape Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2016–18

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Themes

On this page you can comment on or vote for suggestions, or you can suggest a new idea. The ideas and discussion you contribute will help us to develop the draft commitments for Canada’s next Action Plan on Open Government.

Open government ideas can span a wide range of activities and it is helpful to think in terms of themes. The themes described below have been identified from previous consultations and reflect international trends in open government.

Open Information

Make government information open by default.

Social and Economic Development

Champion open government principles and initiatives at home and abroad to support inclusive social and economic progress.

Innovation and Prosperity

Ensure easy and consistent access to the government data and information to facilitate value-added analysis and drive socio-economic benefits through reuse.

Fiscal Transparency

Make financial information more readily available and easier to track, allowing Canadians to have a full accounting of how their tax dollars are being spent.

Enabling Citizens

Provide Canadians with the information they need to fully participate in the democratic process, and the opportunity to make their voices heard on government policy and programs.

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Environment Canada and Industry are currently behind schedule on this commitment: "Maximize access to federally funded scientific research to encourage greater collaboration and engagement with the scientific community, the private sector, and the public". This needs to be a priority. Canada Read more...

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Making open data work for agriculture and nutrition requires a shared agenda to increase the supply, quality, and interoperability of data, alongside action to build capacity for the use of data.

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative includes partners Read more...

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Many of the issues with the ATI process that are mentioned in the media can be explained in whole or in part by the incentives that the current ATIP process and system creates for public servants. No matter how fervent a believer in open government, receiving an ATI request is a painful Read more...

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Canada was one of the first countries to include an Open Contracting commitment in its 2014 action plan. Public works has published a pilot data set using the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and Treasury is working on implementation of Proactive Disclosure policy but it would be great to Read more...

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The Government of Canada should adopt a procurement model that recognizes that complex problems or technological needs are rarely fully understood until organizations start experimenting with solutions, and that writing full requirements before engaging with solutions providers is incredibly Read more...

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The government of Canada could use GitHub or alternate open platform to encourage awareness, discussions and collaboration on policy, regulations and legislation.

These platforms allow for open identification of stakeholder issues, suggested edits and, through version control, full Read more...

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Canada has made progress on procurement transparency through its 2014-16 action plan. Canada can build on those commitments by endorsing and fully implementing related transparency initiatives.

A. Endorse and implement the Open Contracting Global Principles [1], which have been endorsed Read more...

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To whom it may concern:
The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is a non-profit society established in 1991 for the purpose of advancing freedom of information, open and accountable government, and privacy rights in Canada. We serve a wide variety of individuals and Read more...

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I am a long-time public interest researcher and a frequent user of both the Access to Information Act and processes for complaint available through the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.
 
The following is my input into helping shape Canada’s Action Plan on Open Read more...

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Problem to be addressed: Canada’s current legal framework for
whistleblowing is outdated and out of step with internationally recognized
best practices. The most serious deficiencies are 1) lack of protection for
public sector whistleblowers, either at a federal or Read more...

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Make all public service email accessible to the public in real
time, cached and searchable. This will do away with ati requests as the
population can access the information at any time.
 

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Within the Open Government Partnership, government and civil society are
intended to be partners and co-creators of the National Action Plan.

To achieve this, over 30 OGP countries use multi-stakeholder forums. The
forums provide a permanent dialogue mechanism between Read more...

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Les inventions sont primordiales pour la société. Elles conduisent à
l’innovation et au progrès, lesquels à leur tour améliorent notre
qualité de vie et notre bien être. Pour ces raisons, le gouvernement du
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In Canada’s 2014-2016 Action Plan, the Government of Canada committed to
“introduce legislation on mandatory reporting standards for the extractive
sector that require the reporting of certain payments made to governments
related to the commercial development of oil, gas and Read more...

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Environment Canada and Industry are currently behind schedule on this
commitment: "Maximize access to federally funded scientific research to
encourage greater collaboration and engagement with the scientific community,
the private sector, and the public". This needs to be a Read more...

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I note and applaud the government efforts to crack down on tax
evasion as well as global discussions for governments to work together to
eliminate transnational tax evasion through such means as offshore tax
havens. We cannot do this alone. Key deliverable within two years: Read more...

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I think the Government's entire fiscal framework should be
available online, where one could click and explore funding resources down to
the FTE and OOC level.

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To encourage and ensure active civic engagement, Canada needs
strong national anti-SLAPP legislation to ensure that citizens are able to
participate without fear of legal harrassment.
 

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To actively participate in democratic processes, citizens need to
feel reasonably secure in doing so.  Public protest, critique, and active
engagement in public consultation needs to be seen not only as a right, but a
responsibility. Employers and employees need to see civic Read more...

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