Open Government Week


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Join Canada, the  Open Government Partnership (OGP) and countries around the world from May 16-20, 2022 to celebrate the fourth edition of  Open Government Week !

Open Gov Week is a global call to action to transform the way governments respond to their citizens’ needs. It is a chance to connect with leaders at all levels to share ideas, discuss solutions, and inspire open government reform everywhere.

This year, Open Gov Week is about the doers, thinkers, creators and reformers working tirelessly to open government and renew democracy. We encourage the Open Government community to come together to share ideas, discuss solutions, and honour the innovators transforming government work around the world.

Open Gov Week 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.

Want to learn more? Check out the OGP’s  Open Gov Week 2022 toolkit  or contact us at!

Events calendar

This year, the TBS Open Government team is bringing you a different theme for every day of Open Gov Week!

Event Date and Registration
The Many Forms of OG Champions

How do you get buy-in from senior leaders to champion the value of opening government? How can you engage public servants or the general public to increase transparency, accountability, and participation within governments? Learn about what has worked well, success stories, and how you can leverage strategies to get buy-in within your organization.

Learn more here about this session’s speakers.

May 16, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (ET)

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Embedding Public Deliberation in Decision Making

It is becoming more and more critical to engage the public in policy decisions. This session will explore representative deliberative processes, one of the tools in the public engagement toolkit available to policymakers. We will define what they are, how they compare with other public participation processes, when we benefit from using them, and how they can help increase ongoing engagement. Hear from OECD representatives about their work to help practitioners maximize the impact of deliberative processes and engagement practitioners in Canada who will highlight potential practical applications.

Learn more here about this session’s speakers.

Resources published by the OECD: report on Catching the Deliberative Wave, the Good Practice Principles for Deliberative Processes for Public Decision Making, and Evaluating and Institutionalising Representative Deliberative Processes.

May 17, 2022
10:30 am to 12:00 pm (ET)

Register here

Bring Your Data to Work for Open Government Week: Register for the Open Government Data Quest

This year's Open Gov Week is about the doers, thinkers, creators and reformers who work tirelessly to open government and renew democracy. This week is about you. And your data. Bring your knowledge of data in your domain and join this interactive workshop, the first of a series organized by the Data Ecosystem project at the GC Data Community. For more information about the GC Data Ecosystem project please visit: GC Data Ecosystem

The goal of this session is to discover and connect the components that make up an open government view of the Government of Canada. This might include policies, resources, committees, working groups and of course potential open data hidden in the far reaches of your department.

During this session you will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience the power of collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Explore new ideas about what Open Government is and can be
  • Connect with your peers

We will convert your knowledge about open government into an interactive visualization during the follow-up event/during a subsequent workshop in the series.

May 17, 2022
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (ET)

Register here

Open Doors at Justice: Supporting People-Centered Justice through Research and Open Data

Justice Canada is committed to supporting a people-centered approach to justice to advance equality, legal empowerment and a better understanding of the legal needs of all Canadians. Justice-related research and open data are critical to these efforts.

As part of this year’s Open Government Week celebration, Justice Canada is hosting its annual virtual Open Doors at Justice event on Tuesday, May 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The theme of this year’s event is justice research and open data—a milestone that is included in the Open Justice commitment in Canada’s upcoming 5th National Action Plan on Open Government. The event will focus on sharing our work in this area and promoting open dialogue with the public, stakeholders and academics. In particular, we will share insights learned from the 2021 Canadian Legal Problems Survey and the related series of Qualitative Studies on Serious Legal Problems.

May 17, 2022
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)

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Digital Transformation in Government

Join the GOODcafé Barista, Keith McDonald, have a discussion with guests that understand both Open Government and the digital transformation that has evolved over time in government. This is also an opportunity to learn what’s ahead with the GOOD2Know webinar series on data governance facilitated through our collaboration with Open North. Session in English only.

May 18, 2022
12:15 pm to 1 pm (ET)

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Open Gov, In Practice

How has Open Government evolved with time? Where do we stand compared to 10 years ago, where should we be 10 years from now, and how has misinformation and disinformation affected Open Government? Hear from experts as we explore the evolution of Open Government.

Learn more here about this session’s speakers.

May 18, 2022
2 pm to 3 pm (ET)

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Throwback Thursday

Did you miss the Public Webinar on Canada’s 5th National Action Plan on Open Government that was held on March 7th? Don’t worry: not only will we re-broadcast it, but you’ll be able to ask live questions during a Q&A following the re-broadcast.

Webinar description:
Adapting to an ever-changing environment, the TBS Open Government team pivoted to adopt a digital approach for the consultation process for Canada’s 5th National Action Plan (NAP) on Open Government. This meant expanding the reach of consultations and executing a new strategy for public engagement.

Join the TBS Open Government team and members of Canada’s Multi-stakeholder Forum on Open Government for a webinar to hear about their experiences with the 5th NAP development, learn about the consultation process, and share your thoughts and feedback.

Note: This webinar is specifically to address the 5th NAP consultation process. Comments and feedback on draft commitments will not be captured at this event.

Learn more here about this session’s speakers.

May 19, 2022
2 pm to 4 pm (ET)

Register here

Stay tuned, as we will continue to share event and registration details as they become available!

Host an event

Anyone can host an Open Gov Week event! To learn more, visit the Open Gov Week Event Guide.

How to get started:

  1. Plan an event with your local (or digital) community for the week of May 16-20, 2022.
  2. Add your event to our event calendar by sending an email to with the following information:
    • Event name
    • Event date
    • Event location
    • Event website or registration form
    • Contact email
  3. Promote the event within your community