I would just like to clarify that prescribing a machine-readable reporting format and requiring the release of the reports on, for example, open.canada.ca can be done through regulations and orders and that no amendment to the legislation is required.
Idea details: Next Steps for the Mandatory Reporting on Extractives
In 2014, NRCan held a consultation on mandatory reporting standards relating to the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA): http://open.canada.ca/en/consultations/mandatory-reporting-standards-for-extractive-sector-what-we-heard
Among the 16 submissions, 10 requested a centralized database of the mandatory reports and 6 requested a machine-readable reporting template. The motivations for, and benefits of, these two recommendations are described in detail in the submissions, so I will not repeat them here.
I have not been able to determine whether these two recommendations have been taken forward or responded to. I therefore suggest them for inclusion in the National Acton Plan.
If this idea is developed into a commitment, I recommend consulting with the organizations that submitted both recommendations:
- Publish What You Pay Canada
- Engineers Without Borders Canada
- Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group
- ONE Campaign
- Teck Resources Limited
- XBRL Canada
I forgot to add that this idea builds on the 2014-16 commitment.
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