Canada's National Action Plan on Open Government 2022-2024

Open Government at Justice

Open government is about greater openness and transparency, strengthening democracy and citizen participation, and driving innovation and economic opportunities for all.

Explore this page to learn more about Justice Canada’s open government commitment and initiatives.

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2022-24 National Action Plan on Open Government - Justice commitment

In 2012, Canada joined the Open Government Partnership, a global initiative that promotes open government principles and activities around the world. Countries who belong to the Open Government Partnership must complete national action plans explaining how they will support open government. Canada’s 2022-24 National Action Plan on Open Government includes a Justice commitment. The commitment  highlights a series of initiatives aimed at helping people and organizations across the country access the data, information and services they need to identify and effectively resolve their legal problems. These initiatives reflect our commitment to advancing a people-centred approach to justice.

Learn more about the Department’s proposal for this justice commitment by reading the discussion paper published in 2019.

To learn more about Canada’s National Action Plans on Open Government, visit the Open Government Portal or consult the FAQ.

Open Doors at Justice event

Each year, Justice Canada hosts an Open Doors at Justice event to engage in dialogue with the public and stakeholders on ways to make government more open and accessible. The most recent Open Doors at Justice event took place on September 27th, 2023, during Right to Know Week (September 25th-October 1st), a time when awareness of people’s right to access government information is raised, as well as the right to participate in the system itself through public consultation and engagement activities.

The Open Doors at Justice event is an opportunity to come together to share knowledge and best practices, as well as to showcase work that is being done and which embodies open government principles.

Learn more about the 2023 Open Doors at Justice event. Details on the 2024 event will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Open Government Advisory Group

Justice Canada’s Open Government (OpenGov) Advisory Group is an internal advisory group that provides expert guidance and endorses the Department’s open government initiatives. This internal advisory group reports annually to senior managers within the Department on their activities through a year in review report. Learn more by reading the Open Government at Justice Canada: A Year in Review reports available on the Open Government Portal.

Open Data and Information

Justice Canada supports maximizing the release of non-sensitive data and information. In doing so, we proactively disclose data and information related to our mandate.

Research and data play an important role in the work we do. Justice Canada’s research and data initiatives help support our work in developing policies, programs and legislation by grounding that work in evidence. In the spirit of openness and transparency, the Department makes research reports and other informational products available to the public.

For more information on our research and data initiatives, and to access related products, visit the Justice Research and Data webpage.

Over 300 Justice Canada data and information assets are available on the Open Government Portal. Explore these assets to learn more about our policies and programs, research initiatives, and much more.

Remember that not all legal information is part of Justice Canada’s mandate. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is a distinct governmental organization. Courts in Canada also function independently and have their own websites. Provincial governments have separate Justice departments too.

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