A primer on the Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership

By the Open Government Team

Today we released the Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership, a set of commitments to move Canada towards a more open and accountable government. We highly encourage you to read it, but we also recognize that it’s a pretty long document. So we wrote this blog to explain the plan, why it’s important, and what we think will be different in two years because of it.

Open Data Inventories: Help us prioritize the release of open data most relevant to you

We are pleased to highlight the publication of the open data inventories across the Government of Canada for the very first time. Knowing the full range of information the Government of Canada is creating or collecting is the first step in making data and information more open.


Hi and welcome to the new data.gc.ca, the flagship of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government.

First of all, let me say that our primary goal with data.gc.ca is to provide single-window access to all Government of Canada searchable open data and open information to enhance government accountability and transparency, as well as to create opportunities for innovation and socio-economic benefits through reuse.

Google Hangout

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, hosted a "Google Hangout" on June 18th, engaging in a half hour live-stream discussion with the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Robert Herjavec, member of the President’s Advisory Panel on Open Government and Shark Tank TV personality, and Open Data gurus and tech innovators to discuss the Government of Canada's newly re-launched Open Data portal.

Open Data: The New Natural Resource of the 21st Century

On Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, visited OpenText Headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario for a unique event focused on Open Data as a natural resource of the 21st century. Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text Corporation blogged about the event.

Videos from the OpenText website:

Open Data Speed Dating at GTEC 2013

By Jacques Mailloux (Guest Blogger)

In launching the Government of Canada’s much-anticipated next-generation open data portal, data.gc.ca, earlier this summer, Minister Clement challenged Canadian entrepreneurs to mine the vast reserves of Canada’s “new natural resource”, open data, and to repurpose it into valuable, user-friendly apps, spurring innovation, boosting growth, and serving citizens better.

UK Guest Blog for Canadian Government Data Portal


by Paul Maltby (Guest Blogger)

Transparency – an idea whose time has come

As UK Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has said, transparency is a powerful idea whose time has come.

Advances in technology and communications, and rising public expectations have created a situation where being transparent is not just a matter of “we can,” but “we should” – more open government is more efficient government, more accountable and more responsive to the needs of citizens.