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. 



Where do federal parties stand on the public’s right to access to information: responses to RTIAC questionnaire

September 15, 2021 - Politicians and parties all claim to support openness and transparency, but how many really do?


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


Second Call for nominations – 2019 Code of Silence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy

The Canadian Association of Journalists, the Centre for Free Expression, News Media Canada and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression are extending the call for nominations for the 2019 Code