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Canada Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

In 2018, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) published the progress report for Canada’s third action plan. The report covers the development and first year of implementation of the action plan July 2016 through June 2017.

In Canada, the IRM researcher Michael Karanicolas of the Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia report’s findings are summarized below:

“Canada’s third plan included commitments related to improving access to information, increasing fiscal transparency, utilizing open data, and engaging Canadian citizens and the world in open government principles. While the development of the third action plan saw increased stakeholder engagement, participating stakeholders expressed concerns that their opinions were not fully considered in drafting the final plan. Moving forward, the government should embrace a more robust co-creation process that affords stakeholders a greater voice in the wording of commitments, and places special emphasis on engagement with First Nations.”

And in French:

“Le troisième plan du Canada comprenait des engagements liés à l’amélioration de l’accès à l’information, à la transparence fiscale, à l’utilisation de données ouvertes et à l’engagement des citoyens canadiens et du monde dans les principes du gouvernement ouvert. Alors que l’élaboration du troisième plan d’action s’est traduite par une augmentation de l’engagement des parties prenantes, celles-ci ont exprimé des préoccupations quant au fait que leurs opinions n’avaient pas été pleinement prises en compte lors de la rédaction du plan final. Pour aller de l’avant, le gouvernement devrait adopter un processus de co-création plus solide qui permettrait aux intervenants d’être mieux représentés dans la formulation des engagements, et accorder une importance particulière à l’engagement avec les Premières nations.”

The final version of the report is available in English and French below. The two-week public comment period closed 3 April 2018.

Commitments in Canada’s Third Action Plan:

Enhance Access to Information
Streamline Requests for Personal Information
Expand and Improve Open Data
Provide and Preserve Open Information
Define an Approach for Measuring Open Government Performance
Develop Open Government Skills Across the Federal Public Service
Embed Transparency Requirements in the Federal Service Strategy
Enhance Access to Culture & Heritage Collections
Enhance Openness of Information on Government Spending and Procurement
Increase Transparency of Budget and Other Department of Finance Information
Increase Transparency of Grants and Contributions Funding
Improve Public Information on Canadian Corporations
Increase the Availability and Usability of Geospatial Data
Increase Openness of Federal Science Activities (Open Science)
Stimulate Innovation through Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX)
Align Open Data Across Canada (Open Data Canada)
Implement the Extractives Sector Transparency Measures Act
Support Openness and Transparency Initiatives Around the World
Engage Civil Society on Open Government
Enable Open Dialogue and Open Policy Making
Promote Open Government Globally
Engage Canadians to Improve Key Canada Revenue Agency Services



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