Our commitment to improve access to information for Canadians

Message from the minister

The Access to Information Act underpins the transparency and accountability of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Freedom of the press, institutional accountability, and civic engagement all rely on the fundamental right of citizens to access information from their government institutions.

Today, I’m launching the first full review of the access to information regime, in keeping with requirements the government introduced in 2019. Your input is at the heart of our engagement strategy and our goal is to hear your views and have open exchanges on issues that matter to Canadians.

We will be relying on digital tools to ensure you can participate in the review process in a manner that is safe, easy and accessible. We’ll be able to provide more details about this process and how to participate in the coming weeks. Despite our changing context, our objectives remain the same—to hear your views and have open exchanges on issues that matter.

Access to trustworthy government information is more vital than ever. I hope you will join us in this important undertaking.

Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board

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