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More government information at your fingertips

By Ruth Naylor in category Open Government on March 6, 2020

On January 12, 2020, for the very first time, Canadians could access Question Period notes through the Open Government Portal, providing them further insight into government issues of the day. These notes are prepared by departments to assist Cabinet ministers when taking part in the daily Question Period in the House of Commons. Question Period is an important part of our parliamentary democracy…

So much to Celebrate!

By Yazmine Laroche in category Accessibility on December 3, 2019

Happy International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) everyone! There is a chill in the air, but nothing can dampen my enthusiasm in celebrating this day and everything we are accomplishing together! It fills me with pride to see Government of Canada buildings across the country lit up in purple to celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities as part of the world-wide Purple…

A step towards more open government

By Ruth Naylor in category Open Government on August 22, 2019

Canadians can now go online and see one of the first milestones of the new Access to Information Act, which was recently amended to make the federal government more open to the public it serves. As of July 30, 2019, the titles of more than 2,200 memoranda received by ministers and deputy ministers in June 2019 are posted on the Open Government Portal. The titles are searchable, including by date…

Building blocks for a digital government of the future

By Francis Bilodeau in category Digital on August 16, 2019

It has been a momentous year for digital government in Canada. In May 2019 we concluded a highly successful Open Government Partnership Global Summit, which brought together over 2,000 participants, from over 100 countries around the world. The Summit illustrated the important role digital technologies play in in bridging relationships between citizens and government. Now, just a few months later…

Taking the Accessibility Strategy North, West, and Back Again

By Yazmine Laroche in category Accessibility on August 1, 2019

Summer has finally arrived, and with it comes heat, sunshine, and a flurry of OPSA-related events. To my absolute delight, on June 21st, Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, received royal assent in a ceremony that I had the privilege to attend. And did you know the ceremony involves no signing of documents by the Governor General? Royal assent is given with a simple nod of the head. But what a…

Security in 2019: Launch of a renewed Policy on Government Security

By Rita Whittle in category Other on July 2, 2019

By Rita Whittle, Executive Director, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Security has come a long way since the Government of Canada (GC) implemented its first security requirements in 1948. Back then, security at the office meant locking up your cabinets and the door to your office. Since then, the security environment has evolved significantly and with it, our daily lives at home and at work…

The Accessibility Strategy – Taking it Global

By Yazmine Laroche in category Accessibility on July 2, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of being part of the Canadian delegation, led by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, at the United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CoSP) in New York City. It’s always an honour to represent Canada at the United Nations. Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, recently received royal assent, and a new…

A Generational Change to Canada’s Access to Information Law

By The Honourable Joyce Murray in category Other on June 21, 2019

President of the Treasury Board: If you’re among those who have been paying attention, you will know that the biggest improvement to Canada’s Access to Information Act in a generation has just received royal assent! Bill C-58, an Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, is now law. Its passage brings into force the most…

Next Steps for NextGen

By The Honourable Joyce Murray in category Next Gen HR and Pay on June 17, 2019

President of the Treasury Board As part of our ongoing work to explore a future HR and pay solution for the government, I wanted to update you on the important progress we’ve made. After months of work, our team has reached a key milestone and has named the vendors who will be part of our qualified list. The 3 vendors who have been identified as possible partners in the development of a NextGen…

Launching the Accessibility Strategy – What’s Next?

By Yazmine Laroche in category Accessibility on June 7, 2019

What a week it was! The Government of Canada’s work to become the most accessible and inclusive workplace in the world was recognized and celebrated in a series of events with which I was thrilled to be involved. Sunday, May 26 marked the beginning of National AccessAbility Week 2019. So on Monday, May 27, the timing was perfect to celebrate the launch of Nothing Without Us: An Accessibility…

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