Canada’s Plans to the Open Government Partnership

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The Government of Canada and Nathaniel Heller’s Co-Chair Vision for the Open Government Partnership (2018-19)

Ottawa – Host of the Open Government Partnership - Transcript
  • Expectations for open and accountable government around the world have never been higher.
  • With Nathaniel Heller, Canada is honoured to serve as this year’s co-chairs of the Open Government Partnership.
  • The Partnership is the leading global forum for advancing open government.
  • As co-chairs we are committed to a transformative and hopeful vision for Open Government that serves people everywhere.
  • But before we take on this role, we’d like to thank Thea Tsulukiani of the Republic of Georgia and Mukelani Dimba for their great work as the former co-chairs of the Partnership.
  • Over the next year we look forward to working with the 79 countries that are member of the Open Government Partnership.
  • We aim to make this a landmark year for how governments around the world improve the lives of citizens.
  • As part of this, Canada will be the home of the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, convening in May 2019 in Ottawa.
  • We’re excited to be co-chairs of the Partnership as we work to make open government more inclusive more participatory and truly impactful.
  • We look forward to seeing many of you in Canada at the May summit.

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The Government of Canada continuously renews its approach to open government, working with Canadian citizens, business and civil society. Following standards set by the international Open Government Partnership (OGP), we develop and report on plans that formalize Canada’s commitment to open, accountable, and transparent government.

Learn about the current plan and our progress, or search through the history of open government in Canada. The supporting consultations, analyses, and reports are available on each plan page.

2018-2020

Canada’s 2018-20 National Action Plan on Open Government

Canada’s fourth plan launches 10 new commitments that continue to promote openness, transparency, and accountability. It was developed in consultation with more than 10,000 Canadians from coast to coast to coast who provided their ideas and suggestions through online and in-person events.

2016-2018

Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership 2016-18

Canada’s third plan consists of 22 commitments, many of which focus on building the culture and capacity for Open Government. Canada’s approach in this Plan is structured within four priority areas: open by default; fiscal transparency; innovation, prosperity, and sustainable development; and engaging Canadians and the world.

End-of-Term Self-Assessment Report (November 2018)

This report offers a self-assessment of progress on Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2016-18. It outlines the implementation process for the completed 2016-18 Plan and summarizes progress achieved and lessons learned with regards to Canada’s objectives for 2016-2018.

Mid-Term Self-Assessment Report on Canada’s Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership 2016-2018 (November 2017)

This report is the Government of Canada’s self-assessment of how it was progressing on commitments in the Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership 2016-18 at the mid-way point.

Progress tracker for the Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Tracker provides quarterly updates on the Government of Canada’s progress on commitments in the Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership 2016-18.

2014-2016

Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16

Canada’s second Action Plan included the Directive on Open Government, which made it mandatory for federal government departments and agencies to maximize the release of data and information. This Plan also established commitments to collaborate with provinces, territories, and municipalities through Open Data Canada, with the private sector through the Open Data Exchange, and with the international community through Open Data for Development. 2014-16 also saw an expansion of Government of Canada work on open contracting and open financial data and information.

End-of-term Self-assessment Report 2014-16 (January 2017)

This report offers a self-assessment of progress on Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16. The plan sought to advance a series of commitments to help modernize how Government operates to reflect the evolving values and expectations of Canadians. This first End-of-term Self-assessment report is part of Canada’s commitment to the OGP. It outlines the implementation process for the completed 2014-16 Plan and summarizes progress achieved and lessons learned with regards to Canada’s objectives for 2014-2016.

Mid-term Self-assessment Report 2014-16 (January 2016)

This report is the Government of Canada’s self-assessment of how it was progressing on commitments in the Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16 at the mid-way point.

2012-2014

Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2012-14

Canada’s first plan to the Open Government Partnership, after joining the OGP in 2011, set a direction for how Government manages and releases records and changed Canada’s open data portal, data.gc.ca, from a pilot into a permanent program. This Action Plan was structured along three streams of activity: open data, open information, and open dialogue.

Mid-term Self-assessment Report 2012-14

This report is the Government of Canada’s self-assessment of how it was progressing on commitments in the Action Plan on Open Government 2012-14 at the mid-way point.

Open Government Advisory Panel

A group of national and international experts helped guide the development and implementation of Canada’s first two action plans.

Collaboration

Canada’s approach to open government is also driven by international agreements and collaboration.

About the Open Government Partnership

Focusing on open government is a global multilateral initiative. Canada supports meaningful and honest dialogue between citizens and governments.

Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Open Government

Ongoing dialogue between government and civil society is a best practice promoted by the OGP. This forum will ensure the delivery of effective, collaborative initiatives and support Canada’s priorities.