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

Past Event

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

Speakers:  Bruce Lanphear, Muhannad Malas, Jamie McConnell

Moderator: Adria Vasil

Past Event

Battling Secrecy

Speaker: Ken Rubin

Past Event

Why the Secrecy? Police Conduct and the Public’s Right to Know

Panelists: Pascale Diverlus, Julian Falconer, David Goodis, Joanne Mulcahy

Moderator: Mark Kelley