More government information at your fingertips

March 6, 2020

Follow:

  • RSS
  • Cite

On January 12, 2020, for the very first time, Canadians could access Question Period notes through the Open Government Portal, providing them further insight into government issues of the day. 

These notes are prepared by departments to assist Cabinet ministers when taking part in the daily Question Period in the House of Commons. Question Period is an important part of our parliamentary democracy where members of the House can pose questions to ministers on issues of the day.

Question Period notes are now being published online on open.canada.ca as a result of recent amendments to the Access to Information Act. I encourage you to visit the Open Government Portal and take a look at the 700+ Question Period notes that are already released.

Keep in mind that, in accordance with the Act, Question Period notes may be redacted, for example, to protect the confidentiality of information related to national security, personal information, or Cabinet confidences. You can learn more about exemptions and exclusions on the Justice Laws Website.

In addition to the collection of Question Period notes, there is an ever-growing list of titles of more than 11,000 memoranda received by ministers and deputy ministers that have also been proactively published since June 2019.

We are excited to see more information being released. Stay tuned for the proactive publication in March 2020 of briefing materials prepared by departments for incoming ministers and deputy ministers, significantly expanding the collection already online.

As always, your feedback on our progress is welcome as we continue our work to improve the openness and transparency of government.


Ruth Naylor

Ruth Naylor

Executive Director

Ruth Naylor is Executive Director, Information and Privacy Policy Division at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, responsible for policies and guidance on access to information and privacy protection across the federal government.

Add new comment

Rules of Engagement

We look forward to hearing from you. Your ideas and feedback are central to the development of both the Open Government portal and the Government of Canada’s approach to Open Government.

While comments are moderated, the portal will not censor any comments except in a few specific cases, listed below. Accounts acting contrary to these rules may be temporarily or permanently disabled.

Comments and Interaction

Our team will read comments and participate in discussions when appropriate. Your comments and contributions must be relevant and respectful.

Our team will not engage in partisan or political issues or respond to questions that violate these Terms and Conditions.

Our team reserves the right to remove comments and contributions, and to block users based on the following criteria:

The comments or contributions:

  • include personal, protected or classified information of the Government of Canada or infringes upon intellectual property or proprietary rights
  • are contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Constitution Act, 1982
  • are racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic or defamatory, or contain or refer to any obscenity or pornography
  • are threatening, violent, intimidating or harassing
  • are contrary to any federal, provincial or territorial laws of Canada
  • constitute impersonation, advertising or spam
  • encourage or incite any criminal activity
  • are written in a language other than English or French
  • otherwise violate this notice

Our team cannot commit to replying to every message or comment, but we look forward to continuing the conversation whenever possible. Please note that responses will be provided in the same language that was used in the original comment.

Our team will reply to comments in the official language in which they are posted. If we determine the response is a question of general public interest, we will respond in both official languages.

Comments

Submitted by Jan e mail: … on March 13, 2020 - 12:37 AM

I am looking forward to seeing this: the proactive publication in March 2020 of briefing materials prepared by departments for incoming ministers and deputy ministers, significantly expanding the collection already online.