Idea Dialogue Summary

August 27, 2014


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The Government of Canada is currently finalizing its Action Plan on Open Government 2.0.  Phase 3 of the Open Government consultation—on now— focuses on discussing and refining suggestions from the idea generation phase, or "Idea Dialogue."

From April to July, the second phase focused on collecting ideas through workshops and expert panels across the country. We engaged with interested parties from a wide variety of sectors of Canadian society, and heard from even more Canadians who submitted ideas and comments online at

The range and quality of these ideas, and the engaging, respectful dialogue that took place, reflects the commitment and passion of the hundreds of participants in the process.

Our sincere thanks to all those who took part.

Idea Dialogue Participant Breakdown

From business to non-profit, the pie chart below illustrates the breakdown of the sectors that were represented in our consultations.

Based on 163 responses from in-person consultations April 30th -July 24 2014.

Idea Dialogue Participant Breakdown
Sector Percentage
Public Service (Federal/Provincial/Municipal) 42%
Business 20%
Academia 16%
Community Non-profit 17%
Hybrid 5%

Why is Open Government important to you?

During the in-person sessions with participants, we also explored why the concept of Open Government is important, and were impressed to hear a wide variety of answers. These Canadians expressed their belief that Open Government has an important role to play in many aspects of day-to-day life. Some of the most common answers are reflected in the chart below:

Based on 213 responses received from participants in the Idea Generation phase of consultations for Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 May 1 - July 31 2014

Idea Dialogue Summary by Category

As of July 31st, we heard from a total of around 220 people who generated 621 ideas and comments online and in workshops. These ideas have been reviewed, and emerging themes have been synthesized, as reflected in the chart below.

A total of 621 ideas, comments and questions were collected and categorized, on-line and in-person between April 30 and July 31 2014.  

The more than six hundred ideas and comments received were combined and synthesized into specific activities for potential inclusion in the Action Plan. Research was done to determine which departments within the Government of Canada might be involved in implementing these ideas, and where implementation would be realistic within a two-to-three year timeframe.

You can view and comment on these ideas in the Phase three Activity Discussion of the consultation.

Thanks again for participating! We look forward to seeing you online and in person in the coming months. 

The team

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Submitted by Darrell Evans on September 15, 2014 - 8:47 PM

There is an error your summary of the Vancouver workshop: "Remove the public advice exceptions from the ATI Act" should read "Remove the POLICY advice exceptions from the ATI Act. (This was my recommendation.) There's no such thing as a public advice exception. Cheers.

Submitted by open-ouvert on September 16, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We will flag that error and amend it accordingly.