02. Open Data Canada


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Lead implementing department(s)
Treasury Board Secretariat
Open Data
Reporting period

Most stated deliverables for this commitment are on track to be completed by June 2016. Planned federated open data search service is behind schedule and will not likely be launched until Fall 2016.


Work with provinces, territories, and municipalities to break down barriers to integrated, pan-Canadian open data services through the establishment of common principles, standards, and licensing across all levels of government.

Results Next Steps Body Completion Level
  • Federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) discussions are currently underway regarding the establishment of common principles:
    • Feedback from F/P/T representatives on the Open Data Canada (ODC) Subcommittee, is supporting the development of an international Open Data Charter that can align open data approaches across all levels of government.
    • In addition, a Pan-Canadian F/P/T survey collected information on best practices, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Continue discussions with provinces and municipalities on potential national implementation of open data principles in the International Open Data Charter (Fall ).

1. Establish common open data principles for adoption by governments across Canada.

  • All active open data provinces (including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador), as well as several municipalities have adopted licences that are compatible with Canada’s Open Government Licence.
  • Provide support to Canadian jurisdictions considering the adoption of the OGL (ongoing)

2. Facilitate adoption of common or compatible open government licence.

  • Work with all provincial and territorial partners to further develop and refine the metadata common core to arrive at a common Canadian profile and identify open file formats for open data. ()

3. Establish or identify common open data standards (e.g. metadata, data formats)

  • All active open data provinces have expressed an interest in participating in the federation of open data, with BC stepping forward as an initial development partner.
  • Develop a plan for federating open data in collaboration with provincial partners. ()
    • Implementation of Phase 1 of a federated open data search pilot project with BC government to be targeted for fall .

4. Develop a federated open data search service

  • Held in , Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) 2015 expanded participation across Canada. Furthermore, the design of judging criteria and all promotional activities encouraged developers to integrate data from multiple sources (including other jurisdictions) into their final submissions. Key provincial and municipal datasets were showcased as Featured Datasets for CODE 2015.
  • This deliverable is now complete.
    • Future appathons will continue to promote the use of multi-jurisdictional data.

5. Expand and deliver a national appathon event – the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) - to promote reuse of multi-jurisdictional data.


Supports the principles of transparency and civic participation, and helps address the OGP Grand Challenge of improving public services by establishing common principles, standards, and good practices to enable and encourage Canadians to access consistent, interoperable data from governments across Canada.


Develops common principles and standards for the release of open data across all levels of government in Canada.

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