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Issue to be addressed

As the global open government movement has matured in recent years, we have increasingly recognized that open government initiatives have the potential to transform the lives of citizens. But these efforts can be vulnerable to changes in political leadership and competing government priorities. For open government to be sustainable, we need to make efforts to foster a strong, cohesive community across Canada and around the world that can continue to push for ambitious reforms in all levels of government.

Greater collaboration across the open government community can also lead to more effective work, as good practices and lessons learned can be shared to help others identify challenges and opportunities.

As lead government co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Canada has an unprecedented opportunity to convene and support the open government community around the world and here at home.


The Government of Canada will demonstrate leadership at home and abroad, working with partners in government, civil society, and the private sector to share lessons learned and support a collaborative approach to align and advance open government efforts. In particular, we will:

  • launch an ambitious strategy as co-chair of the OGP Steering Committee, in partnership with its civil society co-chair, Nathaniel Heller of Results for Development
  • help to advance the responsible release and use of open data in OGP countries
  • support international events to drive peer learning and measure open government impact internationally
  • build capacity for governments worldwide to design more inclusive open government initiatives
  • strengthen collaboration with other governments in Canada through the Canada Open Government Working Group, and expand the working group to include representatives of national municipal organizations



10.1 Demonstrate global leadership during Canada’s term as lead government co-chair of the OGP Steering Committee

10.1.1 A co-chair strategy, co-created with our civil society co-chair, and developed in collaboration with governments and civil society (both domestic and internationally), is published and assessed quarterly in January, April, July, and October 2019

10.1.2 Canada hosts an OGP summit in spring 2019 that showcases open government to a domestic and international audience

10.2 Support the OGP Thematic Partnership on Open Data, helping to advance the responsible release and use of open data in OGP countries

10.2.1 The Open Data for Development Network will provide technical support and support research and innovative initiatives

10.2.2 Support research and innovative initiatives on the availability and use of open data for better service delivery, gender equality, inclusion, progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, or transparency and accountability in 10 countries

10.3 Support international events to drive peer learning and measure open government and open data impact internationally

10.3.1 Co-hosted the International Open Data Conference 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

10.3.2 Independent global assessments on the status of open data are supported around the world in a State of Open Data report and through the next edition of the Open Data Barometer

10.3.4 Canada has participated in at least 2 bilateral peer learning events and at least 3 international forums, and included language on open government in at least 3 international declarations

10.4 Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide

10.4.1 An international coalition has been established that will work to make open government processes more inclusive. This group releases an Action Plan with commitments and progress markers

10.4.2 Research is funded in various regions to contribute to an evidence base for the impact of gender equality in open government on public service delivery

10.4.3 A synthesis publication is released and shared, with future actions and recommendations outlined

10.5 Building on current collaboration between the Governments of Canada and Alberta, extend federated open data search pilot to additional provinces and onboard at least 2 municipalities

10.5.1 Government of Canada has federated open data with at least 2 additional provinces and 2 municipalities

10.6 Implement a pilot project to move toward cross-jurisdictional common data standards in line with the International Open Data Charter and other international standards

10.6.1 Cross-jurisdictional metadata mapping is completed with a common set of core elements

10.6.2 A pilot project to standardize 5 high value datasets across jurisdictions from among the list of high value datasets previously identified by the Canada Open Government Working Group is completed

10.6.3  At least 5 more subnational governments in Canada have adopted the Open Data Charter

10.7 Promote data literacy and management for public servants within all levels of government

10.7.1 Data literacy and management resources have been identified and are made available to government employees

10.7.2 10 data literacy events are held to promote employees skills in open data

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