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

This is your chance to help shape how our country is governed. Between now and June of 2018 you can help decide what open government is and what we are going to do to support it.

The public conversation will connect your ideas, concerns and stories with what the government and its partners can commit to. Our dialogue will take place in public workshops, on social media, and at community events.

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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 open.canada.ca 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.

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Between now and June 2018 we will be collecting ideas and shaping commitments for Canada's next plan on open government.

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  1. Shaping the Plan: from October 2017 to April 2018
  2. Drafting and reviewing: from April to June 2018
  3. Finalize and implement: From July 2018 to July 2020

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Jeremie Caribou - July 09, 2018

How much Indigenous input or perspective is involved in regards to designing, implementing and evaluating policies in Canada?
Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of Canada. It is crucial for their input and perspectives to be included. This would be a great way to begin promoting and fostering reconciliation as past policies were designed to control and dampen the goals and aspirations of Indigenous peoples.

John Klassen - June 07, 2018

In my experience the CRA part of the government is anything but open. I have searched for several hours today for someone to ask about my tax payment. In April I paid the full amount, but CRA has not indicated that they have received it. I have not one visible avenue to use to contact CRA. It is a well hidden secret. From another office in the Canadian government I get a response filled with telephone numbers. Telephone calls involve hours of empty time waiting.
Good luck in your venture to create open government. I would say that communication obtuseness is common in must big private business as well today.
My hours long search has

J Bedford - April 03, 2018

It was truly surprising to me to go into the Open Data web portal and discover how many of the datasets provided are actually historical data - many from prior to 1979. How is this then open, and transparent government if the information provided is not current?

annaM - March 17, 2018

I want to know why government cut public transit tax credit.We all know that one person who use transit to get to work there and back every day they do not make much money and bus pus is not cheap. In alberta it cost $100 per month.It is a big expense in the budget. They cant afford the car yet the government cut that much needed service, and for what?Wen I call tax office I was told that there was no money in the budget for it. So for what we have money. Social services getting depleted, waiting lines in medical services getting longer poverty and homelessness showing in the places where before was prosperity.I think we should give our prime minister and his cabinet minimum wage to live on, and see how they manage.People are tired to have less and less money in the pocket.

mgifford - March 15, 2018

As a D7 country that is chairing the OGP, it is clear that we need to make real advancements in adopting both open standards & open source. How can Canada be a serious contender in collaborating with other members of the D7 when there is still so little understanding of open source ecosystems?

This document needs to put forward a plan that makes it clear the strategy that the Open Government team intends to take to change this and the role that TBS will play in seeing it propagate across the GC.

Liliana Hoton - March 14, 2018

The discussion should not even exist. A government should be open and transparent and accountable by definition. It serves people who appointed it, and this is how you serve: by being accountable and transparent and by working for the people who appointed you, and not against them.

Nader Ahmadi - March 13, 2018

Regarding your recent inquiry, I would like to share my ideas with you as a medical doctor who has been working in the health system for 20 years. I have done many studies, researches and best practices. I have studied about Canadian health system from last six months, simultaneously with my arrival to Canada. What I have done about Canadian health system can be mentioned as a non-systematic review.
First of all, achievements of the Canadian government are admirable in providing such an easy and comprehensive access to the most important, valid, and reliable information of the country. The transparency of your policies is completely visible on your websites.
Now let me share the results of my assessment, the most important goals are:
1. Reviewing the challenges of the Canadian Health System
2. Finding appropriate strategies to resolve concerns.
Also referring to some of the reports –submitted by various sections of Canada health system— is necessary in order to reach to the goals.
Despite all of the high academic standards, it seems that some of the indicators lack an acceptable level, including:
1. Emergency room waits continue to increase. Click here
2. Inadequate coverage of primary health care in Canada. Click here
3. Low level of health literacy in Canada. Click here
4. Limitation of Human resources and budget. (especially Nurses)
5." the increasing patient demand for a greater role in decisions affecting their care and treatment.
6. the increasing complexity of the healthcare system.
7. the growing perception that patients need to be active health care “consumers.” Click here
8. Patients waited 4 weeks or longer to see a specialist. Click here"
9. Change in the pattern of diseases and the shift of diseases from communicable to non- communicable (increased of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, addiction, weight gain, pulmonary disease, etc.)
It seems the health management model in Canada needs to be reconsidered in the following areas:
1. More emphasis on primary health care and services in accordance with health problems and concerns.
2. Further development of active services against passive care and services, as well as increasing prevention services against hospital services.
3. In addition to providing patients with good quality services, paying more attention to maintain health in sound people (such as implementing health literacy promotion programs and ...).
At the end, regarding scientific and statistical findings, the current management model needs fundamental changes to satisfy more people and increase the percentage of people satisfaction. And in the new model, the role of people in guiding health plans should be emphasized more and more.

Reference
http://publications.gc.ca/Collection-R/LoPBdP/BP/prb0131-e.htm

open-ouvert - March 12, 2018

Hello,

This comment system leads to the team responsible for transparency and accountability work in the public service. We host datasets and records about many things, including historic statistics on immigration and visa applications, but we do not deal with these services directly.

I would recommend you visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website to learn more about immigration: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp

I hope this helps.

Alexandra
Open Government team

بسمة - March 11, 2018

مرحبا ارجوكم ساعدونا نريد طلب لجوء انساني نحن فلسطينية من غزة مقيمون بالاردن انا وزوجي واولادي ونريد العيش والعمل والدراسة بكندا ارجوكم ساعدونا وشكرا

open-ouvert - March 12, 2018

Hello,

This comment system leads to the team responsible for transparency and accountability work in the public service. We host datasets and records about many things, including historic statistics on immigration and visa applications, but we do not deal with these services directly.

I would recommend you visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website to learn more about immigration: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp

I hope this helps.

Alexandra
Open Government team

Jérôme Gallays - March 09, 2018

Pourquoi un délai aussi court pour recevoir des prestations d'assurances chômage (3mois) Vous etes capable de pouvoir en 3 mois retrouver un emploi ?
Le délai des traitements des demandes peuvent-ils être moins long???
Les prestations d'assurance maladie ou chômage peuvent-elles êtres plus longues ???
Les taux que vous nous donnez correspond juste au salaire minimum et encore...
De toutes façons le contribuables n'est jamais écouter... il est juste bon a payer et se taire.
Merci bonne journee.

Jérôme Gallays - March 09, 2018

POURQUOI AVOIR JUSTE 3 MOIS D'INDEMNISATION VIA LE GOUVERNEMENT DANS NOUS CONTRIBUABLES SOMMES MALADE ? POURRAIT ON AVOIR PLUS ?
UN CANCER VOUS ARRIVEZ A LE GUERIR EN 3 MOIS ?

Jeannine - March 09, 2018

Justin Trudeau should resign before he ruins our country. The llegalization of cannabis will ruin the next generation. Just the talk of this subject has already increased crime in Ottawa. He is not fit to ruin a country because he is so rapped up with his own ego. He does not have the background and does not understand that the middle class really works hard, because he has never had to do so.

Nicole - March 09, 2018

In addition to generic "contact us" email addresses, I think it would be great if there was an easily accessible contact list for government of Canada employees (or alternatively, just job descriptions of people within each department), which would include; name, work email, telephone #, office address, job title, and perhaps a short description of each person's mandate, purpose, responsibility, what-have-you .. so that people seeking support, advice or help could easily discern who they should potentially be contacting, or even learn about support persons that outsiders (or maybe even government of Canada employees) didn't even know existed. The Government of Canada is vast and employs so many people, there is no one contact person within the government who is aware of all potential avenues a person seeking help may take, and so creating and making available such a list of employees and/or job descriptions to the public could help those seeking services or help to direct their inquiries appropriately. A public that is aware of who is employed by the government and how those people might help them, will be empowered to reach out and perhaps pursue more collaborative efforts. It could even be helpful for employees of Canada, to know about their colleagues' work.

Nathan A. Thompson - March 09, 2018

My vision may be a bit radical, but I believe that transparency will require our Financial Management databases to be accessible by the public. The public should be able to see every dollar spent by each department. Instead of having ATIP teams, organize all government actions in such a way as to facilitate the information accessibility directly by the public.

Daniel Hirner - February 28, 2018

Your open data site is a great step forward. Moving forward there is an opportunity to have more consistency with the formats available, particularly with geospatial data. For example, some datasets just have static shape files while others have published map services. To consume the data from your site it would be great if there were some consistent standards - preferably including Esri Rest Map Services.

Thank you.

Dan

Thierry Martin - February 14, 2018

Bonjour. Serait-il possible que lorsque vous faites un hyperlien du titre d'une conférence, ce-dit hyperlien mène à une page donnant l'information à laquelle on s'attend à trouver au lieu du formulaire d'inscription ? D'autre part, serait-il également possible que vous cessiez d'insérer des pages blablatant à propos des renseignements personnels qu'on va (peut-être) transmettre et dont vous vous engagez (dans une certaine limite pas claire) à protéger ? Enfin, allez-vous enfin embaucher quelqu'un pour relire ce que vous écrivez dans vos communications avec le public ?

KUBWIMANA Innocent - January 20, 2018

C'est un plan et j'aimerais solliciter ma participation. Mon plan se développe à la réduction du taux de scolarité dans les pays les plus pauvres du monde entier.

Emily Best - December 30, 2017

I am very worried about the health and social service programs which are severely depleted in the area I live and in Toronto where my son lives. I am worried about services for our Native Canadians, Indian and French English descendants of early settlers. These families made Canada great with their religious and moral values. Now their descendants have less access to these services and their familial ideals are not being upheld. Please don"t allow so many refugees in that we can"t look after our own family. Why not put our aid into the countries where they are fleeing from. Talk to the homeless in Toronto on the streets who cant get housing but say the refugees get priority. Talk to my neighbors who can't get into hospital because the beds are full. First we take care of our own and then we give aid to those hurting around the world who are mostly happier in their own culture. We have a real problem in Canada.

Kevin Stephens - February 28, 2018

I just want to add a few simple thoughts.

Depleted health and social service programs in the areas that affect you are of concern, I agree. Is it right to assume that the quantity of immigrants that are here are the root cause? What if every immigrant moved away and the population dropped by 10%. Then, 5 years later, the population has regrown that 10% naturally but now it's because of an abundance of "Native Canadians, Indian and French English descendants of early settlers". The services would still be depleted, the beds just as full. Perhaps the solution isn't about number of residents. Perhaps its lies in training more program administrators which would actually be easier to do if there was a greater population to find administrators in. Maybe medical personnel aren't incentivised enough to stay? All this to say, what's the REAL problem?

Imagine a future, war torn Canada where we're fleeing the country and our only options are other countries who've opened their arms. A very serious risk of death if we stay, but hope and a dream for a future for you and your family if you go.

Canada is a living, functioning example of how different peoples can really live together. It's not easy, but it's not a war zone here. Canadians are awesome, open arms, open hearts, especially when you compare us to other parts of the world. Don't we have a responsibility to persist in showing, not telling, the rest of the world that it can be done, and here's how?

How great would it be if a lot more countries followed our example and opened their borders too? Humanity isn't a collection of pocket groups of aliens - we're all human, raised in places with different temperatures and languages. That's it.

open-ouvert - April 10, 2018

Hi Yohannis,

We host datasets and records about many things, including historic statistics on immigration and visa applications, but we do not deal with these services directly.

You can go to the following website to contact the government about immigration:

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp

I hope this helps.

Warmest Regards,

Jeremy , from the Open Government team

Janice Lewis - December 14, 2017

Excellent strategic planning and always happy to participate,

Janice Lewis CTA, CNA, QI
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Colin Lynch - November 28, 2017

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)

SabN - November 23, 2017

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 :)

Dr. Jane Arscott - October 26, 2017

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.

Jane

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