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

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

News

Seven police forces in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland named the most secretive law enforcement agencies in Canada

The police forces in Sudbury, Windsor, Peterborough, Longueuil, Quebec City, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and the Ontario Provincial Police share the distinction of winning the 2019 Code of

February 27, 2020