Expanding Open Data Initiatives

March 22, 2016

As part of the pre-Budget consultation process, Imagine Canada made a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance which included a recommendation that the Government should establish a partnership with the charitable and non-profit sector to identify gaps in data being collected by the federal government and ways to address barriers to charities and non-profits being able to access data held by the Government.

Although the Budget did not specifically mention the need for open data involving the charitable sector, the Budget contains a statement to the effect that the Government will seek to be more open and expedient in delivering information to Canadians by accelerating and expanding open data initiatives.  More specifically, the Budget proposes to provide $11.5 million over five years to double the budget for open government activities.  It was stated that this funding will lead to enhancements in the Government’s capacity to support engagement with Canadians, to design and deliver an open government strategy, and to accelerate the provision of digital content.


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