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

Podcast

Corporate Rules: The Real World of Business Regulation in Canada

Panelists: Bruce Campbell, Jason MacLean, Theresa McClenaghan, Jennifer Quaid

Moderator: James L. Turk

Podcast

Governing Big Tech in Canada

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

Taylor Owen - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​

Podcast

Ag-Gag Laws & the Public’s Right to Know

Panelists: Robert Cribb, Jodi Lazare, Richard Moon

Moderator: Cara Zwibel

Podcast

Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age

Panelists: David Hutton, Mariette Pilon, Teresa Scassa

Moderator: Brenda McPhail