2018 Open Gov Highlights

January 7, 2019


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It’s been a big year for open government in the Government of Canada! We launched a new National Action Plan on Open Government, took on the role of lead government chair of the Open Government Partnership, and tied for first place on the 2018 Open Data Barometer.

Here are a few of my highlights from 2018. This is a totally subjective list, based entirely on views from the trenches. As always, so many of the big wins have been thanks to the work of a dedicated community across the federal government, across Canada, and around the world. Let me know if I missed any of your highlights!

First, a reminder: what is open government?

Open government is about making government more accessible to citizens. At its core, it comes down to:

  • Transparency;
  • Accountability; and
  • Citizen participation.

We use tools like open data and dialogue to support open government. You can learn more about our work on our website, open.canada.ca. When we get open government right, it allows us to drive innovation, service delivery, economic opportunity and healthier democracy.

And now, a few of our highlights

These highlights go above and beyond our usual, everyday work of coordinating and enabling open government. On a daily basis, we manage open.canada.ca, push forward on open data and proactive disclosure, and engage partners across government and across the country on commitments in our national action plans.

The highlights:

Sincere thanks to everybody who made this work possible, especially in the departments and agencies across the Government of Canada. 2019 promises much more excitement with a new national action plan to implement and the global open government community coming to visit us in May!

Jaimie Boyd

Jaimie leads work to coordinate and implement the Government of Canada’s commitments on open government. She is an alumnus of the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Economist Training Program, the Organization of American States’ Fellowship on Open Government, and Action Canada, Canada’s premier leadership development program. Find her on Twitter at @jaimieboyd.

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