Open Government Week

OpenGov week

Canada is joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and countries around the world in hosting Open Government Week from May 7-11, 2018. Join us in celebrating transparency, accountability, and participation in government.

The goal is to create opportunities to learn about Open Government, build the Canadian community, and showcase the ways that citizens can interact with and influence the workings of government.

This week - like Open Government in general - is a community-led initiative. We hope to see groups across Canada organize events: public townhalls, open houses for government organizations, presentations, open mics, meetups, hackathons, open data book clubs, hackathons, design jams - and anything else you can think of that connects citizens with government and civic life.

How to get involved

Events schedule

Event Location Date and Registration
Session on what does it mean to have Open Data? Saint John, NB May 4, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (ADT)
HackQC2018 Montreal, QC May 4 – 6, 2018 (link in French only)
Service Delivery Hackathon Halifax, NS May 4 – 6, 2018
Launch of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Datasets for Canada Online May 7, 2018
Launch of Open Data of current flooding event Saint John, NB and online May 7, 2018
OGP Facebook live session: Bridging the gap – ensuring a gender-responsive approach to SDGs and public service Online May 7, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Discussion on Canadian Data Standards Online May 7, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
OGP Facebook live session: A conversation on civic space, gender and inequality Online May 8, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Open4Policy – Policy Hackathon Ottawa, ON May 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
OGP webinar: Great ideas for OGP action plans – reaching out to marginalized communities to make open government a universal good Online May 8, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM
DataBC Open Web Services & Web Map Services and Geocoder Victoria, BC and online May 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (PDT)
OGP web panel: Beyond “SMART” – OGP commitments from paper to results Online May 8, 2018 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
OGP web panel: The right tools for the right job – how the OGP can help win the fight for civic space Online May 8, 2018 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Civic hacknight Toronto, ON May 8, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Get Involved dataset release: Shaping Canada’s 4th national open government action plan Online May 9, 2018
City of Edmonton Virtual Reality Engagement Pilot Session Edmonton, AB May 9, 2018
Consultation on Feminist Open Government Online May 9, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
OGP webinar: Let’s get co-creating – new guidance and resources Online May 9, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Toronto Open Government Celebration Toronto, ON May 9, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM
Video teaser of the Open Government course: Techniques for working in the open Online May 10, 2018
Housing Hackathon: Facebook/Twitter poll Online May 10, 2018 (Facebook|Twitter)
OGP webinar: Using OGP action plans to raise ambition of natural resources governance reforms Online May 10, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Open house on Project Meerkat: help build an open and accessible digital workspace (English session) Online May 10, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Open Government and International Standards: Lessons for Nova Scotia with Guest Speaker Michael Karanicolas Halifax, NS May 10, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM (ADT)
#OpenGov Open House Ottawa, ON / Gatineau, QC May 10, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
OGP webinar: Open Data – how to publish with purpose Online May 11, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Open house on Project Meerkat: help build an open and accessible digital workspace (French session) Online May 11, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (link in French only)
Open Data Debate: Is Open Data Dead? Ottawa, ON and online May 11, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Open Government Week Awards and Open Cities Awards Ottawa, ON and online May 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 3:30 PM
Working with Open Source Software Ottawa, ON and online May 11, 2018 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM (entry code: Canada2018)
OGP web panel: Measuring leadership – power and parity Online May 11, 2018 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Go Open Data Conference Barrie, ON May 11 – 12, 2018
Girls Learning Code Day 2018 Various locations May 12, 2018
Kids Code Jeunesse: Code, Create & Celebrate Space! Various locations May 12, 2018

Host an event

How to get started:

  1. Plan an event with your local (or digital) community for the week of May 7-11, 2018.
  2. Register your event and we’ll add it to the event calendar.
  3. Promote the event within your community.
  4. Tell us how it went: write about it and we’ll link to your content.

Open Government Week Awards

To celebrate Canada’s participation in this global call to action, we’ll be handing out awards in three categories to recognize events listed above that demonstrate:

  • Transparency and Leadership – by providing an opportunity for Canadians to shape how government data, information, and services may be more easily accessible.
  • Innovation – by thinking outside the box and creating innovative ways to promote and put open government in practice.
  • Skills – by providing an opportunity to develop skills around open government that will strengthen collaboration.


Open Government Week in Canada

Additional resources from the OGP

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