Help shape Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2016–18

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Themes

On this page you can comment on or vote for suggestions, or you can suggest a new idea. The ideas and discussion you contribute will help us to develop the draft commitments for Canada’s next Action Plan on Open Government.

Open government ideas can span a wide range of activities and it is helpful to think in terms of themes. The themes described below have been identified from previous consultations and reflect international trends in open government.

Open Information

Make government information open by default.

Social and Economic Development

Champion open government principles and initiatives at home and abroad to support inclusive social and economic progress.

Innovation and Prosperity

Ensure easy and consistent access to the government data and information to facilitate value-added analysis and drive socio-economic benefits through reuse.

Fiscal Transparency

Make financial information more readily available and easier to track, allowing Canadians to have a full accounting of how their tax dollars are being spent.

Enabling Citizens

Provide Canadians with the information they need to fully participate in the democratic process, and the opportunity to make their voices heard on government policy and programs.

Suggested Ideas

Environment Canada and Industry are currently behind schedule on this commitment: "Maximize access to federally funded scientific research to encourage greater collaboration and engagement with the scientific community, the private sector, and the…

  • open information

Making open data work for agriculture and nutrition requires a shared agenda to increase the supply, quality, and interoperability of data, alongside action to build capacity for the use of data. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (…

  • innovation and prosperity

Many of the issues with the ATI process that are mentioned in the media can be explained in whole or in part by the incentives that the current ATIP process and system creates for public servants. No matter how fervent a believer in open government,…

  • open information

Canada was one of the first countries to include an Open Contracting commitment in its 2014 action plan. Public works has published a pilot data set using the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and Treasury is working on implementation of Proactive…

  • Fiscal transparency

The Government of Canada should adopt a procurement model that recognizes that complex problems or technological needs are rarely fully understood until organizations start experimenting with solutions, and that writing full requirements before…

  • social and economic development

The government of Canada could use GitHub or alternate open platform to encourage awareness, discussions and collaboration on policy, regulations and legislation. These platforms allow for open identification of stakeholder issues, suggested edits…

  • Enabling Citizens

                  

 

 

 

 

Creating Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2016–18

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  • innovation and prosperity

Canada has made progress on procurement transparency through its 2014-16 action plan. Canada can build on those commitments by endorsing and fully implementing related transparency initiatives.

A. Endorse and implement the Open Contracting…

  • Fiscal transparency

To whom it may concern: The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is a non-profit society established in 1991 for the purpose of advancing freedom of information, open and accountable government, and privacy rights in Canada. We…

  • open information

I am a long-time public interest researcher and a frequent user of both the Access to Information Act and processes for complaint available through the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.   The following is my input into helping shape…

  • open information

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    The Government of Canada has an opportunity to use this OGP action plan to solve a concrete problem by developing and implementing a new Grants and Contributions (G&C) Data…
  • innovation and prosperity

We should follow the direction here https://sourcecode.cio.gov/

(1) new custom code whose development is paid for by the Federal Government be made available for reuse across Federal agencies; and (2) a portion of that new custom code be…

  • social and economic development

Parliaments around the world are adopting open parliament action plans as part of their Open Government National Action Plans. Legislative openness has been called "one of the greatest success stories of the OGP" [2]. The House of Commons of Canada…

  • Enabling Citizens

The data published by the Parliament of Canada -- like votes and speeches, and much more -- is generally of high quality and consistency. Yet, parliament could make more data accessible in open data format if it's information management approach…

  • open information

Follow the example of: UK: https://github.com/alphagov USA: https://github.com/18f Australia: https://github.com/AusDTO NZ: https://github.com/GOVTNZ BC: https://github.com/bcgov

and set up a GitHub account for the GoC.  Start sharing…

  • innovation and prosperity

Beneficial ownership transparency requires that the real people who own/control companies be disclosed. The Panama Papers are the most recent event to draw attention to the need for beneficial ownership transparency to combat tax avoidance, tax…

  • Fiscal transparency

It is time for Canada Post to release Postal Codes as open data sets under the Open Government Licence. Other jurisdictions have come to learn that access to Postal Code data is essential in creating a more open government…

  • innovation and prosperity

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LE CONTEXTE Les inventions sont primordiales pour la société. Elles conduisent à l’innovation et au progrès, lesquels à leur tour améliorent notre qualité de vie et notre bien être. Pour ces raisons, le…

  • innovation and prosperity

In order to ensure that government science is freely available to the public and that key evidence that informs decision-making is released, the government should commit to open science including open access to peer-reviewed publications and release…

  • open information

In Canada’s 2014-2016 Action Plan, the Government of Canada committed to “introduce legislation on mandatory reporting standards for the extractive sector that require the reporting of certain payments made to governments related to the commercial…

  • Fiscal transparency

Parliaments around the world are adopting open parliament action plans as part of their Open Government National Action Plans. Legislative openness has been called "one of the greatest success stories of the OGP" [2]. The House of Commons of Canada…

  • Enabling Citizens

(La version française suit)

    The Government of Canada has an opportunity to use this OGP action plan to solve a concrete problem by developing and implementing a new Grants and Contributions (G&C) Data…
  • innovation and prosperity

The data published by the Parliament of Canada -- like votes and speeches, and much more -- is generally of high quality and consistency. Yet, parliament could make more data accessible in open data format if it's information management approach…

  • open information

Beneficial ownership transparency requires that the real people who own/control companies be disclosed. The Panama Papers are the most recent event to draw attention to the need for beneficial ownership transparency to combat tax avoidance, tax…

  • Fiscal transparency

Problem to be addressed: Canada’s current legal framework for whistleblowing is outdated and out of step with internationally recognized best practices. The most serious deficiencies are 1) lack of protection for public sector whistleblowers,…

  • Enabling Citizens

In Canada’s 2014-2016 Action Plan, the Government of Canada committed to “introduce legislation on mandatory reporting standards for the extractive sector that require the reporting of certain payments made to governments related to the commercial…

  • Fiscal transparency

It is time for Canada Post to release Postal Codes as open data sets under the Open Government Licence. Other jurisdictions have come to learn that access to Postal Code data is essential in creating a more open government…

  • innovation and prosperity

The quality and fairness of contracts and agreements awarded to private firms will be improved by ensuring that the key terms of the contract be made available to the Canadian public. A law preventing contracts from being sealed from public scrutiny…

  • open information

Discussion générale | General discussion

  • open information

The government of Canada should developing and publicize a clear policy on

the preservation of digital material.

  • open information