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

Commentary

During COVID-19, government transparency takes a beating

By Ken Rubin

April 25, 2020 - Secrecy and autocratic, erratic government should not become the new normal during or after the COVID-19 crisis. Rather, as former health minister Jane Philpott (currently working at COVID-19 intake centre) has said, what is needed is “radical transparency” to keep Canadians abreast of developments.

News

Alberta named most secretive provincial government in Canada

The Government of Alberta is the 2019 recipient of the Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy in the provincial category.

April 28, 2020

Commentary

COVID-19 Invades and Compromises Our Privacy

By Ken Rubin

April 20, 2020 - COVID-19 puts privacy rights under attack. Zoom-bomers, COVID-19 scammers, and cellphone trackers are gaining ground as Canadians self-isolate.

Blog Post

Even in the Age of Covid-19, Justice Requires Open Courts

The justice system is facing unprecedented challenges.

By Justin Safayeni

Submissions

CFE Intervenor Factum in Access-to-Information Case before the Divisional Court in Ontario

Factum of Parties [CFE, CAJ, APTN, CJFE]  Intervening in Ontario (Attorney General) v IPC & CBC (Divisional Court-OSC)

April 20, 2020