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. 


Blog Post

Freedom of Information, Universities & Transparency: Lessons from Emily Eaton and the University of Regina

Access to information (ATI) is animated by a simple principle: the public ought to know.

By Dax D’Orazio


Honey, the Pandemic shrunk transparency

November 9, 2020 - It's time for the government to take off the mask that disguises and robs us of our public right to know. Trustworthy and revitalized government requires effective access and more public scrutiny.


Extended deadline for Nominations - Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy 2020

In light of challenges during the pandemic, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are extending

October 23, 2020


CFE Releases Statement of Concern about Zoom and YouTube Shutting Down University Panel Discussion

Statement on Censorship of San Francisco State University’s Panel Discussion


Review won't fix Canada's Access to Information law significantly, Ken Rubin Ottawa Citizen August 10, 2020 A9

By Ken Rubin

There's no real desire to remedy shortcomings. It is no longer good enough to continue holding Canadians hostage to incomplete data