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. 



Governing Big Tech in Canada

#4 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Taylor Owen - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​


Where do federal parties stand on the public’s right to access to information: responses to RTIAC questionnaire

September 15, 2021 - Politicians and parties all claim to support openness and transparency, but how many really do?


Supreme Court Grants CFE Leave to Intervene in Public Interest Standing Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted the Centre for Free Expression leave to intervene in its consideration of an important upcoming 

August 17, 2021


New CFE Report: It’s Time for Change! 206 Recommendations for Reforms to Canada’s Access to Information Act

Canada’s Access to Information Act was adopted more than 35 years ago and has aged badly.

August 9, 2021