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.

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.

In 2019, Canada joined the Open Government Partnership Coalition on Justice.

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

Year in Review

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. These reports are now available to the public.

Open Doors at Justice

During Open Government Week, 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.

This event is an opportunity to come together to share knowledge and best practices, as well as to showcase work that’s being done that embodies open government principles.

Each event has a central theme informed by the public environment and feedback received from the public, stakeholders, and the open government community.

Learn more about this year’s Open Doors at Justice event .

Open Justice Commitment Discussion Paper

The discussion paper “An Open Justice Commitment for Canada” outlines the Department’s proposal to include an Open Justice commitment in Canada’s upcoming National Action Plan on Open Government.

Information at the Department of Justice

The Department of Justice supports maximizing the release of non-sensitive information.

The information that Canada’s Department of Justice makes available to the public reflects its mandate to support the Minister of Justice in developing legislation and policy in the areas of human rights law, aboriginal justice, family law, and criminal justice.

Explore initiatives on the Open Government Portal such as Charterpedia, national justice surveys, judicial appointee questionnaires and annotated language laws that help the public better understand and participate in their justice system.

The Research and Statistics Division produces high-quality empirical research on justice issues. Information is also provided on funding programs, our country’s tradition of bijuralism, and supporting access to justice in both official languages.

The Department of Justice also supports the Minister’s dual role as Attorney General of Canada. It provides legal advice to the government and handles government litigation.

Open Government—a Government of Canada Priority

Learn why Canada is embracing open government:

Government of Canada Information Portals

Find consultations, publications, information and datasets from Justice Canada and other Government of Canada departments on:

Legal Information and Education

Discover links and tools that can help you understand the Canadian justice system and legal information.

Can’t find the information you are looking for?

Did you know? 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.

If your search has left you empty-handed, try contacting a librarian for some expert tips to help you find the information you are seeking. We welcome you to suggest a dataset on the Open Government Portal.