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. 

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Upcoming Event: Warning! How the secrets of body care and cleaning products impact your health

Speakers:  Bruce Lanphear, Muhannad Malas, Jamie McConnell

Moderator: Adria Vasil

Podcast: Battling Secrecy

Ken Rubin will share his experiences and expertise in this talk – bringing to life with examples of what access to information can do, what barriers journalists and the public face, and how to over