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Strengthening Canada's OGP Action Plan

PWYP-Canada would like to commend the Government of Canada for developing a draft action plan, entitled “Canada’s New Plan on Open Government,” that is aspirational and which recognizes the need to engage citizens and focus not just on open data, but on accountability. In particular, PWYP-Canada is pleased to see a commitment to train 500 open data leaders around the world. 

Unfortunately, that ambition did not translate into a strong commitment related to extractives sector data. PWYP-Canada recommends that this commitment strengthened to include a commitment to open data. In relation to beneficial ownership transparency, PWYP-Canada was pleased to see a commitment that aims to improve the accessibility of public information about Canadian companies, which is a critical step in efforts to increase the transparency of beneficial ownership in Canada. However, this commitment is not situated within the context of anti-corruption, money laundering and tax evasion, nor does seek to increase the amount of public information about companies. To read our full response click here.

 

Transparency and the prospect of a better future