Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

July 15, 2016 16:53 ET

Canada Releases its Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership

The Plan reflects the commitment to make both government and its information open by default

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 15, 2016) - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Government of Canada is committed to raising the bar on openness and transparency.

Today, President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison released Canada's Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership (2016-18). This document supports the Government's commitment to instill a culture of openness, greater transparency and accountability.

The release of the Biennial Plan follows a series of consultations with Canadians, both in person across the country and online. It outlines 22 specific commitments under four themes: openness, fiscal transparency, innovation, and citizen engagement. The Plan reflects the commitment to make both government and its information open by default. It helps ensure that government is accountable to Canadians and reflects their priorities.

The Government will report regularly on its progress towards meeting the milestones in the Plan.

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2016 included the following measures to support better engagement with Canadians, to design and deliver an ambitious open government strategy, and to accelerate and expand the delivery of digital content:
    • $12.9 million over five years to Treasury Board Secretariat to enhance Canadians' access to government information, including their personal information
    • $11.5 million over five years for Treasury Board Secretariat's open government activities
  • Canada's Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership is the result of consultation with Canadians, members of civil society, provinces, municipalities, academics and the private sector.
  • Canada is a member of the Open Government Partnership, a global initiative to promote transparency, citizen engagement, and use of new technologies to strengthen governance.

Quotes

"As the President of the Treasury Board, I embrace the opportunity for Canada to be a global leader on open and transparent government. Our goal is that Canadians can engage meaningfully through open dialogue, open data, and open information to support innovation, shine more light on the Government, and hold us accountable for the decisions we make."

- The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

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