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.
Canada’s approach to open government is also driven by international agreements and collaboration.
Focusing on open government is a global multilateral initiative. Canada supports meaningful and honest dialogue between citizens and governments.
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.
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.
We designed the development process for Canada’s 2018-2020 National Action Plan on Open Government to be broad, inclusive, and multi-channeled. We reached all sectors of Canadian society: academia, the private sector, the public sector, the charitable and not-for-profit sector, the media, and many interested citizens. We also spent time discussing open government and open data with Indigenous peoples. This report explains the dialogue process, summarizes what Canadians told us, and details our analysis process.
Easily search and monitor the quarterly progress of the 10 commitments and milestones made by federal organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of national and international experts helped guide the development and implementation of Canada’s first two action plans.