Being open and transparent with Canadians
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is proud to be among the first of 250 organizations subject to the Access to Information Act (ATIA) to comply with the Open Government initiative. Summaries of Access to Information (ATI) requests completed by PWGSC since April 2011 will now be available on our Web site and updated monthly.
As part of the initiative, departments must proactively release information to Canadians on an ongoing basis and make it more accessible and easier to find. In doing so, all institutions subject to the ATIA are required to publish summaries of completed ATI requests on their web sites by January 2012.
PWGSC strives to enhance transparency and accountability to Canadians and we take this initiative very seriously,” said PWGSC Deputy Minister François Guimont. “
Our ATIP Directorate took immediate action and is committed to making the information available to Canadians as quickly as possible.”
Access to Information and Privacy at PWGSC
Our ATIP office is one of the busiest in the Government of Canada, processing approximately 2.1 per cent of all ATI requests received by the federal government. In 2009-2010, we received over 720 requests and released over 140,000 pages of records. Last fiscal year, we completed over 800 requests, generating more than 480,000 pages of records.
Canada was one of the first countries to enact access to information legislation almost three decades ago. In 2006, the Government of Canada expanded coverage of the law to more institutions through the 2006 Federal Accountability Act. Canada has also led the way in proactively disclosing information about contracts, grants and contributions, and posting hospitality and travel expenses on the Internet.
In March 2011, the Government of Canada announced the expansion of open government, to be achieved through three main streams: Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue. The expansion of open government will give Canadians greater opportunities to gain access to public information in more useful and readable formats, learn about government operations and empower citizens to participate more directly in the decision-making process.
PWGSC is fully committed to openness and transparency and will continue to improve its tools and processes to ensure that Canadians have timely access to information about its programs and services.
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