Proactive publication process

This is an overview of the main steps of the proactive publication process. The proactive publication of briefing materials for a new minister is used as an example. Proactively published materials can be found on open.canada.ca.

1. Briefing materials are developed

  • The institution prepares briefing material for a new minister. This will include, for example, information about the institution, and background and advice on priorities.

2. Minister takes office

  • A briefing package is provided to Minister.
  • The clocks starts on 120-day deadline for online publication.

3. Briefing package is prepared for online publication

The institution:

  • ensures content will be accessible online for people with different abilities – for example, text descriptions are required to explain tables and graphs, transcripts are included to describe video and audio files
  • ensures the content complies with Canada.ca Content Style Guide
  • reviews documents to identify information that should be withheld in accordance with the Access to Information Act – for example, to protect national security interests

4. Translation

  • Documents are translated into the other official language.

5. Web coding

  • The institution codes briefing material for the website and reviews for quality.

6. Publish online

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