Open Government Week


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OpenGov week

Canada is joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and countries around the world in hosting the second edition of Open Government Week from March 11-17, 2019. Join us in celebrating transparency, accountability, and participation in government.

This year, the theme of Open Government Week is inclusion, which is one of Canada’s OGP co-chair priorities. We encourage the Open Government community to focus on increasing the number and diversity of partners taking part in events and conversations. In this spirit of inclusion, we are asking you to add new voices in the planning of your event.

This week – just like Open Government in general - is a community-led initiative. We hope to see groups across Canada organize events: public town halls, open houses for government organizations, presentations, open mics, meetups, hackathons, open data book clubs, 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
HackQc 2019 Ville de Québec, QC March 8-10, 2019 (link in French only)
Open Science Public Engagement Toronto, ON March 12, 2019
Open Government Information Pop-Up at the University of Waterloo Library Waterloo, ON March 12-13, 2019
Data Hub Sessions: Introduction to Vector Embedding Waterloo, ON March 13, 2019
Feminist Open Government webinar Online March 13, 2019
Open Government Celebration Toronto, ON March 14, 2019
Open Government and the 3rd Digital Way Montréal, QC March 14, 2019 (link in French only)
Twitter chat #OGforallages on @OpenGovCan Online March 14, 2019 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM EDT

Host an event

How to get started:

  1. Plan an event with your local (or digital) community for the week of March 11-17, 2019.
  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! This year, the three categories will be:


Criteria: This award will recognize an OG Week event that showcases excellence in including new voices and diverse partners during the planning and execution of the event. The event will have provided a meaningful opportunity for new voices to participate and promote open government practices.

Examples: any event that strived to achieve a high level of inclusion and diversity during the planning and execution of the event


Criteria: This award will recognize an OG Week activity that successfully enhanced and increased the level of participation of civil society in OG Week. The event will have showcased excellence in providing significant opportunities for Canadians to participate in open government.

Examples: hands-on events, in-person seminars/meetings/workshops, events with high level of participation/unique approaches


Criteria: This award will recognize an OG Week activity that demonstrates positive approaches, new tools, and strong leadership in promoting open government. The event will have strived to make a positive impact in open government practices, community and/or civic life.

Examples: Arts, technological applications, print or electronic media, social media, community groups, etc.


Open Government Week in Canada

Additional resources from the OGP

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Want to learn more? Visit the OGP’s Open Government Week page or contact us at

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