Government & Corporate Transparency

The Issue

Canadians’ right of access to information held by governments and public agencies is embarrassingly inadequate. Internationally, the quality of our access to information law ranks 59th out of 102 countries. The implementation of the law makes matters even worse – often imposing excessive delays, high costs, and significant censorship.  Even more limited is the public’s right of access to information about the decisions and practices of the corporate sector that increasingly shape every aspect of our lives.

Why It Matters

Healthy democracy depends on an informed public with ready access to the information it needs to engage in effective political decision-making.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression works to promote greater government and corporate transparency through public education and advocacy for better right to know laws and practices. 

Resources

Initiative

Right to Information Alliance Canada

The Right to Information Alliance Canada (RTIAC) is network of organizations dedicated to helping advance the advocacy of access and transparency issues by member organizations individually and collectively. 

Blog Post

Avoiding Accountability by Misusing Public Agencies: Metrolinx as Example

Many community groups are debating and challenging transit plans by Metrolinx, the powerful Ontario agency created to supplant municipalities in Southern Ontario.

By Mariana Valverde

News

Open Letter Calls on Prime Minister to Fulfill Commitments to Transparency

In an open letter today, 13 major organizations from across Canada call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fulfill the commitments to transparency that he has been declaring repeatedly since 2014.

April 9, 2021

Podcast

Ag-Gag Laws & the Public’s Right to Know

Panelists: Robert Cribb, Jodi Lazare, Richard Moon

Moderator: Cara Zwibel

Submissions