The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, which acts to ensure that federal institutions respect the Access to Information Act
, has launched a public consultation on the modernization of the legislation
. The process will end on December 21, 2012.
"We are soliciting your input and advice on many recurring issues
which raise a fair share of questions with regard to the Access to
Information Act. These issues deal with all aspects of the access to
information program, such as coverage of the Act, exemptions and
exclusions, powers of the Information Commissioner and so on.
As citizens, you can play a role in the ongoing dialogue about how to
keep Canada’s access to information regime relevant and effective. In
order to provide informed and objective advice to Parliament about
Canada’s access to information regime, we encourage you to share your
views on some of the questions posed in this open dialogue or on other
issues that concern you."
To help people, the Office's website has sections on:
- Open Dialogue: this section describes the origins of the Act, as well as some of its ongoing challenges and weaknesses
- General Questions: these relate to the exclusion of many federal institutions from the coverage of the Act and the exclusion of certain kinds of documents such as Cabinet confidences
- Specific Questions
- Documentation: this section lists many earlier studies and proposals for changes to the Act
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