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


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Read Canada's Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership (2016-18).

The consultation on this draft is closed, but we want this to be an ongoing dialogue. Please contact us at any time.

We developed the Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership after months of conversations within the public service and with Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We asked for input and advice to guide our commitments and, in part, the vision and philosophy behind our work.

This is the third plan in support of Canada's membership in the international Open Government Partnership; Canada is a proud member. The Plan outlines the Government of Canada's strategies for how we plan to foster greater openness, transparency, and innovation in government. We develop and renew it every two years.

This page allows you to review the ideas and comments we received. We will publish a full dataset of consultation input soon.

How we shaped the Plan

To begin, participants weighed in online and in person from March 31 to May 15, 2016 by:

Drafting the Plan

We invited participants to provide feedback on the Draft of Canada's New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018 online during June 2016.

We have published a What We Heard report summarizing the feedback and ideas that came in from across, as well as a dataset of all comments received during these consultations.

Implementing the Plan

Starting in , we will seek your feedback and collaboration on how we are implementing specific commitments. If you are interested in engaging on a particular commitment please let us know by sending us an email at

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We look forward to hearing from you. Your ideas and feedback are central to the development of both the Open Government portal and the Government of Canada’s approach to Open Government.

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Submitted by Ian Smith on March 31, 2016 - 4:33 PM

I would suggest a good way of ensuring open government is to govern openly. Take for example cannabis, your party promised to legalize it, but 6 months later have said nothing about your plan, leaving Canadians completely in the dark and creating unnecessary and unhelpful confusion and ambiguity. Another example is the TPP. Again, all we hear is that Ms. Freeland is consulting, but we don't know who and we don't know anything else about your government's position on the TPP. If your party is serious about openness, these examples don't really demonstrate that. It isn't particularly complicated; if you want to be open and transparent, then JUST BE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT. It really is pretty straight forward.

Submitted by Robert Funnell on April 08, 2016 - 10:10 PM

I agree that 'a good way of ensuring open government is to govern openly' but I'm not convinced that the cannabis and TPP issues are necessarily good examples of not doing so. However, forbidding the Parliamentary Budget Office from releasing five-year taxation and spending plans that were not considered confidential by the previous government (as described by Michael Den Tandt in the Montreal Gazette of 2016 Apr 8) seems to be a large step away from open government.