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. 


Past Event

How Canada can lead in privacy reform globally

#9 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Elizabeth Denham In conversation with Andrew Clement

Past Event
Past Event

CFE Film Series: The Great Hack

Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

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