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Issue to be addressed

Canadians want their government to reflect the values of transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in all of its work. To do this, the Government of Canada needs to put citizens at the centre of its open government efforts. The more Canadians know about and understand the work government does, and the more they are able to actively participate in it, the more we can all harness the social and economic potential of open government.


The Government of Canada will provide opportunities for Canadians to learn about open government. We will also improve the openness of federal government data. We will:

  • make improvements to
  • help Canadians learn more about Government of Canada work on open government
  • improve the quality of open data available through
  • expand the Open by Default pilot project
  • provide tools for government and citizens to work together
  • develop open data privacy guidelines


1.1 Make improvements to to make it easier for users to find what they’re looking for and contribute to the open government community

1.1.1 Pilot launched for users to submit datasets, visualizations, and reports based on open government data or information

1.1.2 Space provided on for stories of open data impact, including user-submitted stories

1.1.3 Quarterly reporting on progress on releasing datasets submitted via the Suggest a Dataset form on 

1.1.4 Regular public reporting on improvements, user research and feedback on , including on top task success rates

1.2 Help Canadians learn about Canada’s work on open government through learning materials, information sessions, and enhanced training for public servants

1.2.1 Materials for teachers and educators drafted and published

1.2.2 Outreach to at least 50 teachers or educators to encourage them to review and use these materials

1.2.3 70% of teachers using the material are satisfied with it

1.2.4 At least 300 public servants from at least 15 Government of Canada departments or agencies trained through learning activities indicate a better understanding of open government following the learning activity

1.2.5 A Government of Canada Digital Academy is established, and at least 40 nominated participants complete its premium course curriculum

1.2.6 3 workshop events are held to train federal public servants on employing administrative data in decision-making

1.2.7 Public open government and open data webinars are held at least every 2 months

1.2.8 Participants are happy with webinar content and format (at least 70% satisfaction measured by a short survey after each webinar)

1.3 Improve the quality of open data available on

1.3.1 Data quality criteria developed and published, and workshops are held with government officials to develop their capacity to improve quality of datasets

1.3.2 A new data quality rating system to supplement current "Rate this dataset" function is developed in consultation with users and national partners and available on

1.3.3 200 frequently downloaded datasets are reviewed for quality, standardization, complete metadata, contextual documentation, and plain language descriptions

1.3.4 An additional 500 geospatial datasets reviewed using the Federal Geospatial Platform (FGP) data quality assessment criteria from NRCan

1.4 Expand the Open by Default pilot to make working documents from government officials open by default, subject to applicable restrictions associated with privacy, confidentiality, and security

1.4.1 Open by Default pilot is expanded to capture working documents produced by the Open Government team at TBS

1.4.2 New innovative technologies are implemented to improve accessibility and availability of documents in both official languages in order to comply with the Official Languages Act, the Treasury Board Policy on Official Languages, and the Standard on Web Accessibility

1.4.3 A subset of working documents produced by at least 3 government departments, in addition to the Open Government team at TBS, is available through the Open by Default portal

1.5 Co-create a public, digital collaboration space where citizens and government employees can work together

1.5.1 A public, digital collaboration space is launched, and made available for Canadians and government officials to use. The collaboration space will:

  • allow users to register with a single, easy-to-use sign-in
  • allow Canadians and government officials to share files, work collaboratively, and participate in community discussions

1.6 Develop open data guidelines to protect the privacy of citizens, businesses, and institutions

1.6.1 A series of workshops is delivered by Statistics Canada to train participants on the application of guidelines for the anonymization of datasets

1.7 Help Canadians understand the data and models used to design and study government programs

1.7.1 Microsimulation models, including underlying datasets, results and supporting documents, are made publicly available to help to explain how the government uses these models to design programs and to estimate their impacts

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