Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

July 24, 2014 16:07 ET

National Open Government Talks Touch Down in Toronto

Canada Updating its Action Plan on Open Government

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 24, 2014) - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Today, consultations on Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government continued in Toronto with a public roundtable and an expert panel. Treasury Board President Tony Clement launched the consultations in May to hear directly from Canadians about their ideas for increased openness and transparency in the federal government.

The Toronto event is part of a nation-wide series being held by the Government of Canada. Included in the expert panel were representatives from the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and Open Government enthusiasts, while the public afternoon roundtable was open to all Canadians.

Canada's second Action Plan on Open Government will build on the successes of the first Action Plan, such as the Open Government Licence, the Open Government Portal (data.gc.ca) with almost 200,000 datasets, and events like the CODE appathon, which encourage innovation and economic activity that can benefit Canadians. Ongoing consultations both on-line and in-person are designed to produce an Action Plan that will provide citizens with better data and information, and more opportunities to learn about and participate in government.

Quick Facts

  • Canada has been a member of the Open Government Partnership since March 2012, which now includes over 60 countries worldwide.

  • The Government of Canada released its first Action Plan on Open Government in 2012 structured along three streams: Open Information, Open Data, and Open Dialogue.

  • Consultations on the development of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 will run until Fall 2014 in three phases.

  • A report on the findings from all three phases of the consultation will be published later this year, and summaries of ideas and comments submitted are being posted at regular intervals.

  • You can find more details on upcoming in-person events on http://data.gc.ca. Dates for public workshops include:

    • September 11 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

    • September 12 - Saint John, New Brunswick

Please send an e-mail to open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca if you are interested in participating in one of the upcoming workshops.

Quotes

"We want to provide Canadians with further opportunities to share their views on the Government of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government. Goals for Action Plan 2.0 include sharing ways Canadians can learn about and participate in government, driving innovation and economic opportunities, and creating a more cost-effective, efficient, and responsive government. This is a great opportunity for Canadians to help guide the future of Open Government."

- Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board.

Related Products

- Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 Consultation :

-- Phase 1: Consultation Plan (includes details on upcoming in-person events)

-- Phase 2: Idea Dialogue

-- Phase 3: Activities Discussion

- Open Government Portal

Associated Links

- Consulting With Canadians

- Open Government Partnership

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Contact Information

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