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Update on the 2018-20 National Action Plan on Open Government

Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 on governments around the world, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is giving the option to member countries to extend the implementation timeline of their National Action Plans that were due for completion on June 30th, 2020. The Government of Canada has chosen to take advantage of this offer to ensure that there is enough time to implement commitments in its current plan. This modified timeline means that the completion date of the 2018-20 National Action Plan on Open Government will be moved to June 2021.

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C03.1.1 - Amendments made to the Canada Business Corporations Act (July 2019)  

2019-03

Milestone: Implement legislative amendments (FIN/ISED) - Implement legislative amendments to require federal corporations to hold accurate and up to date beneficial ownership information, and eliminate use of bearer shares (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

1. On December 13, 2018 amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) were passed (Bill C-86) to require federally-incorporated private corporations to create and maintain a register of individuals with significant control over the corporation in its corporate books (coming into force in June 2019). 2. The CBCA has required shares to be in registered form since 1975.Amendments to the CBCA to prohibit issuance of options and rights in bearer form came into force on May 1, 2018.
1. Bill C-86: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-86/royal-assent#enH6425; 2. Bill C-25: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-25/royal-assent#enH102

C03.2.1 - Consultations, framed by a discussion document, with stakeholders from civil society, private sector, academia and other sectors are held to discuss issues relating to beneficial ownership information, including emerging best practices in other jurisdictions (July 2019)  

2019-03

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

1. As per the December 2017 agreement with provinces and territories, initial priority was placed on certain legislative amendments as the first phase of work to improve corporate transparency. The second phase of the work will involve further assessment of potential mechanisms to enhance timely access by competent authorities to beneficial ownership information, e.g. evaluation of potential options for a registry. 2. Over the previous quarter, targeted stakeholder consultations were completed on a proposal to require corporations to provide beneficial ownership records on request to law enforcement and tax authorities where there are reasonable grounds to suspect the information is relevant to an investigation. 3. Officials are continuing the work on this item, including to review and build on feedback received on beneficial ownership transparency issues included in a discussion paper released by the Finance Canada in February 2018 to support a parliamentary review of Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing framework.
1. Finance Canada discussion paper : Reviewing Canada's Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing: https://www.fin.gc.ca/activty/consult/amlatfr-rpcfat-eng.asp; 2. List of responses: https://www.fin.gc.ca/consultresp/amlatfr-rpcfat-eng.asp
Globally, most countries have been challenged to implement effective systems for beneficial ownership transparency. Experience with (public) central registries is early and there is limited evidence on best practices. Work is ongoing in this area, e.g. at the Financial Action Task Force and OECD, which we will continue to monitor.

C03.2.2 - Federal recommendations are provided to provincial and territorial governments on improving timely access to beneficial ownership information (August 2019)  

2019-03

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

1. As noted above, targeted stakeholder consultations were completed on a proposal to require corporations to provide beneficial ownership records on request to law enforcement and tax authorities where there are reasonable grounds to suspect the information is relevant to an investigation; 2. The recommendations on corporate and beneficial ownership transparency of the House Committee on Finance (FINA) review of Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing framework were shared with the federal, provincial and territorial working group on beneficial ownership transparency. FINA recommended the creation of a (non-public) pan-Canadian registry of beneficial ownership information for corporations, trusts and other entities; 3. The federal government continues to work with provinces and territories to assess this and other options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information.
1. FINA Report: Confronting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Moving Canada Forward (November 2018)(Recommendation 1): https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/FINA/report-24/page-18
Level of awareness of why corporate and beneficial ownership transparency is important and relevant considerations may vary across Canadian jurisdictions and stakeholder groups. Civil society and other groups can play an important role to improve this understanding for a broader spectrum of Canadians across the country.

C03.3.1 - All elements of the Agreement are implemented by the federal government (August 2020)  

2019-03

Milestone: Continue to work with provincial and territorial governments to support coordinated implementation of the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency (FIN/ISED) - Continue to work with provincial and territorial governments to support coordinated implementation of the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

1. Canada's Finance Ministers met on December 10, 2018 to confirm commitment and discuss progress to implement the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency. 2. As noted, amendments to the CBCA to require federally-incorporated private corporations to keep records of beneficial owners and to eliminate use of bearer shares and bearer share warrants have passed, and targeted consultations on a further measure to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information for law enforcement and tax authorities have been undertaken.
1. December 2018 Finance Minister Meeting communique: https://www.fin.gc.ca/n18/18-118-eng.asp

C03.1.1 - Amendments made to the Canada Business Corporations Act (July 2019)  

2019-06

Milestone: Implement legislative amendments (FIN/ISED) - Implement legislative amendments to require federal corporations to hold accurate and up to date beneficial ownership information, and eliminate use of bearer shares (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

- On June 13, 2019, amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) came into force that require federally-incorporated private corporations to create and maintain a register of individuals with significant control over the corporation in its corporate books (Bill C-86). Subsequent amendments to make these records more readily availabile to investigative bodies came into force on June 21, 2019 (Bill C-97). - The CBCA has required shares to be in registered form since 1975. Amendments to the CBCA to prohibit issuance of options and rights in bearer form came into force on May 1, 2018.
- Bill C-86: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-86/royal-assent#enH6425 - Bill C-97: https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-97/royal-assent - Bill C-25: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-25/royal-assent#enH102

C03.1.1 - Amendments made to the Canada Business Corporations Act (July 2019)  

2019-12

Milestone: Implement legislative amendments (FIN/ISED) - Implement legislative amendments to require federal corporations to hold accurate and up to date beneficial ownership information, and eliminate use of bearer shares (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

- On June 13, 2019, amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) came into force that require federally-incorporated private corporations to create and maintain a register of individuals with significant control over the corporation in its corporate books (Bill C-86). Subsequent amendments to make these records more readily available to investigative bodies came into force on June 21, 2019 (Bill C-97). - The CBCA has required shares to be in registered form since 1975. Amendments to the CBCA to prohibit the issuance of options and rights in bearer form came into force on May 1, 2018.
- Bill C-86: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-86/royal-assent#enH6425 - Bill C-97: https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-97/royal-assent - Bill C-25: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-25/royal-assent#enH102

C03.2.1 - Consultations, framed by a discussion document, with stakeholders from civil society, private sector, academia and other sectors are held to discuss issues relating to beneficial ownership information, including emerging best practices in other jurisdictions (July 2019)  

2019-12

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

- As per the December 2017 agreement with provinces and territories, initial priority was placed on certain legislative amendments as the first phase of work to improve corporate transparency. The second phase of the work will involve further assessment of potential mechanisms to enhance timely access by competent authorities to beneficial ownership information, e.g. evaluation of potential options for a registry. - On June 13, 2019 the federal government convened a joint meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance and other Ministers responsible for anti-money laundering and beneficial ownership transparency. Participating jurisdictions agreed to cooperate on initiating consultations on making beneficial ownership information more transparent through initiatives such as aligning access through public registries, while respecting jurisdictional responsibilities with respect to corporations. - At their December 17, 2019 meeting, federal, provincial and territorial Finance Ministers further discussed initiating consultations. Consultations are expected to be launched by the federal government in February 2020. Quebec and British Columbia have released consultation papers on the disclosure of beneficial ownership information to their corporate registries.
- Joint Statement by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers on Anti-Money Laundering: https://www.fin.gc.ca/n19/19-065-eng.asp
- Globally, most countries have been challenged to implement effective systems for beneficial ownership transparency. Experience with (public) central registries is early and there is limited evidence on best practices. Work is ongoing in this area, e.g. at the Financial Action Task Force and OECD, which we will continue to monitor. - Continued cooperation and alignment between federal, provincial and territorial governments on this issue is important, given shared jurisdiction and responsibilities for corporate registries.

C01.7.1 - Microsimulation models, including underlying datasets, results and supporting documents, are made publicly available to help to explain how the government uses these models to design programs and to estimate their impacts (December 2019 and ongoing)  

2019-03

Milestone: Help Canadians understand the data and models used to design and study government programs (ESDC) - Help Canadians understand the data and models used to design and study government programs (ESDC)
Commitment: C01 - User-friendly open government
Lead Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

A Request for proposal was posted on “Buy and Sell” for the development of an “open-source” dynamic microsimulation model.  Bids are expected by the end of March 2019.  Statistics Canada is currently working on a paper to present technical options for the development of the model.
https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-19-00863488

C04.5.1 - As a first phase, analytics are understandable and available and for public review for the top pages on the Canada.ca site and key service portals (June 2019)  

2019-03

Milestone: Publish analytics on Canada.ca website traffic in a timely manner (ESDC) - Publish analytics on Canada.ca website traffic in a timely manner, in the spirit of sites like http://analytics.usa.gov (ESDC)
Commitment: C04 - Digital government and services
Lead Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

Canada.ca/analytics and Canada.ca/analytique are available to Canadians in Beta mode. These pages provide Canadians with an overview of how Canada.ca is being used such as most popular information / top pages and key service portals. It is updated in real time. Canada.ca datasets are published to open.canada.ca on a monthly basis since June 2018.
http://Canada.ca/analytics
The pages are published in Beta mode and we are soliciting feedback from end users/Canadians and departmental colleagues. These have been available to the public since June 2018.

C08.7.2 - An independent National Advisory Council on Poverty is established to provide advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, regions, Indigenous people, and official languages, and include members with lived experience of poverty (December 2019)  

2019-03

Milestone: Put people with lived experiences of the consequences of public policy at the centre of GC policy design processes (ESDC) - Put people with lived experiences of the consequences of public policy, including members of vulnerable communities such as persons who are homeless or in poverty, at the centre of Government of Canada policy design processes (ESDC)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

Call for Applications for the National Advisory Council on Poverty was launched on December 18, public communication products committed that the Council would have at least one member with lived experience of poverty. There was a dedicated application stream for persons living in or with lived experience of poverty to apply to, and ESDC worked with stakeholders to ensure that the Call was shared widely.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/poverty-reduction/national-advisory-council.html
Concerns that the Call for Applications would not reach those living in Poverty were overcome by working with stakeholders. Stakeholders shared the application information widely and some assisted those living in Poverty with the process.

C08.7.2 - An independent National Advisory Council on Poverty is established to provide advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, regions, Indigenous people, and official languages, and include members with lived experience of poverty (December 2019)  

2019-06

Milestone: Put people with lived experiences of the consequences of public policy at the centre of GC policy design processes (ESDC) - Put people with lived experiences of the consequences of public policy, including members of vulnerable communities such as persons who are homeless or in poverty, at the centre of Government of Canada policy design processes (ESDC)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

The selection process for the National Advisory Council on Poverty is underway. At least one applicant with lived experience of poverty will be selected to serve on the Council, which will be comprised of eight to ten members.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/poverty-reduction/national-advisory-council.html
Over 200 applications from individuals with lived experience of poverty were received. A dedicated team was established to assess the incoming applications, using an assessment grid that took into account their unique experiences to assist the selection committee in making their final recommendations to the Minister.

C08.7.2 - An independent National Advisory Council on Poverty is established to provide advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, regions, Indigenous people, and official languages, and include members with lived experience of poverty (December 2019)  

2019-09

C04.5.1 - As a first phase, analytics are understandable and available and for public review for the top pages on the Canada.ca site and key service portals (June 2019)  

2019-06

Milestone: Publish analytics on Canada.ca website traffic in a timely manner (ESDC) - Publish analytics on Canada.ca website traffic in a timely manner, in the spirit of sites like http://analytics.usa.gov (ESDC)
Commitment: C04 - Digital government and services
Lead Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

Canada.ca/analytics and Canada.ca/analytique are available to Canadians in Beta mode. These pages provide Canadians with an overview of how Canada.ca is being used such as most popular information / top pages and key service portals. It is updated in real time. Canada.ca datasets are published to open.canada.ca on a monthly basis since June 2018.
https://www.canada.ca/analytics
The pages are published in Beta mode and we are soliciting feedback from end users/Canadians and departmental colleagues. These have been available to the public since June 2018.

C03.2.2 - Federal recommendations are provided to provincial and territorial governments on improving timely access to beneficial ownership information (August 2019)  

2019-12

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

- As noted above, continuing efforts to improve beneficial ownership transparency was discussed at a special joint meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Finance Ministers and other Ministers responsible for anti-money laundering and beneficial ownership transparency held on June 13, 2019, including agreement to move forward to cooperation on initiating consultations on public registry options. - The recommendations on corporate and beneficial ownership transparency of the House Committee on Finance (FINA) review of Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing framework were shared with the federal, provincial and territorial working group on beneficial ownership transparency. FINA recommended the creation of a (non-public) pan-Canadian registry of beneficial ownership information for corporations, trusts and other entities. - The federal government continues to work with provinces and territories to assess this and other options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information. The input received from stakeholders through the consultations will form the basis for discussions between the Government of Canada and its partners for a way forward on strengthening corporate transparency in Canada.
- FINA Report: Confronting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Moving Canada Forward (November 2018)(Recommendation 1): https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/FINA/report-24/page-18
- Level of public awareness of why corporate and beneficial ownership transparency is important and relevant considerations may vary across Canadian jurisdictions and stakeholder groups. Civil society and other groups can play an important role to improve this understanding for a broader spectrum of Canadians across the country.

C03.3.1 - All elements of the Agreement are implemented by the federal government (August 2020)  

2019-12

Milestone: Continue to work with provincial and territorial governments to support coordinated implementation of the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency (FIN/ISED) - Continue to work with provincial and territorial governments to support coordinated implementation of the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

- Federal, provincial and territorial Finance Ministers and other Ministers responsible for anti-money laundering met on June 13, 2019 to confirm commitment and discuss progress and next steps to implement the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency. - British Columbia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island have passed legislative amendments improving beneficial ownership transparency in line with the Finance Ministers' Agreement, while Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia have introduced similar draft legislation. - As noted, amendments to the CBCA to require federally-incorporated private corporations to keep records of beneficial owners that are available to law enforcement and tax authorities, and to prohibit the issuance of options and rights in bearer form) are now in force. Federal, provincial and territorial governments continue to cooperate on assessing other potential mechanisms to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information by competent authorities.
- See above

C03.1.1 - Amendments made to the Canada Business Corporations Act (July 2019)  

2020-03

Milestone: Implement legislative amendments (FIN/ISED) - Implement legislative amendments to require federal corporations to hold accurate and up to date beneficial ownership information, and eliminate use of bearer shares (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

- On June 13, 2019, amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) came into force that require federally-incorporated private corporations to create and maintain a register of individuals with significant control over the corporation in its corporate books (Bill C-86). Subsequent amendments to make these records more readily available to investigative bodies came into force on June 21, 2019 (Bill C-97). - The CBCA has required shares to be in registered form since 1975. Amendments to the CBCA to prohibit the issuance of options and rights in bearer form came into force on May 1, 2018.
- Bill C-86: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-86/royal-assent#enH6425 - Bill C-97: https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-97/royal-assent - Bill C-25: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-25/royal-assent#enH102

C03.2.1 - Consultations, framed by a discussion document, with stakeholders from civil society, private sector, academia and other sectors are held to discuss issues relating to beneficial ownership information, including emerging best practices in other jurisdictions (July 2019)  

2020-03

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

- As per the December 2017 agreement with provinces and territories, initial priority was placed on certain legislative amendments as the first phase of work to improve corporate transparency. The second phase of the work (DELETE: will) involve(ADD:s) further assessment of potential mechanisms to enhance timely access by competent authorities to beneficial ownership information, e.g. evaluation of potential options for a registry. - On June 13, 2019, the federal government convened a joint meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance and other Ministers responsible for anti-money laundering and beneficial ownership transparency. Participating jurisdictions agreed to cooperate on initiating consultations on making beneficial ownership information more transparent through initiatives such as aligning access through public registries, while respecting jurisdictional responsibilities with respect to corporations. - In February 2020, the Government of Canada initiated public consultations on the proposed creation of a publicly accessible central registry (or registries) of beneficial ownership information. These consultations closed on April 30, and we are currently reviewing the feedback received from stakeholders to inform our next steps for strengthening corporate transparency, in consultation with provincial and territorial governments. - The Government of British Columbia initiated similar consultations on a beneficial ownership registry for corporations in January 2020, which closed on April 30, 2020. Furthermore, in March 2020, the Government of Quebec announced its intention to require businesses to declare information on beneficial owners to the Registraire des entreprises du Québec (REQ), and make it possible to do searches in the enterprise register using the name of a natural person.
- Joint Statement by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers on Anti-Money Laundering: https://www.fin.gc.ca/n19/19-065-eng.asp
- Globally, most countries have been challenged to implement effective systems for beneficial ownership transparency. Experience with (public) central registries is early and there is limited evidence on best practices. Work is ongoing in this area, e.g. at the Financial Action Task Force and OECD, which we will continue to monitor. - Continued cooperation and alignment between federal, provincial and territorial governments on this issue is important, given shared jurisdiction and responsibilities for corporate registries.

C03.2.2 - Federal recommendations are provided to provincial and territorial governments on improving timely access to beneficial ownership information (August 2019)  

2020-03

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

- The recommendations on corporate and beneficial ownership transparency of the House Committee on Finance (FINA) review of Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing framework were shared with the federal, provincial and territorial working group on beneficial ownership transparency. FINA recommended the creation of a (non-public) pan-Canadian registry of beneficial ownership information for corporations, trusts and other entities. The federal government continues to work with provinces and territories to assess this and other options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information. - As noted above, in February 2020 the Government initiated public consultations on the creation of a publicly accessible central registry (or registries) of the beneficial owners who own and control corporations. These consultations closed on April 30, and we are currently reviewing the feedback received from stakeholders to inform our next steps for strengthening corporate transparency, in consultation with provincial and territorial governments.
- FINA Report: Confronting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Moving Canada Forward (November 2018)(Recommendation 1): https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/FINA/report-24/page-18
- Level of public awareness of why corporate and beneficial ownership transparency is important and relevant considerations may vary across Canadian jurisdictions and stakeholder groups. Civil society and other groups can play an important role to improve this understanding for a broader spectrum of Canadians across the country.

C03.3.1 - All elements of the Agreement are implemented by the federal government (August 2020)  

2020-03

Milestone: Continue to work with provincial and territorial governments to support coordinated implementation of the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency (FIN/ISED) - Continue to work with provincial and territorial governments to support coordinated implementation of the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

- British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island have passed legislative amendments improving beneficial ownership transparency in line with the 2017 Finance Ministers' Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency while Saskatchewan has introduced similar draft legislation. - As noted, amendments made to the CBCA now require federally-incorporated private corporations to keep records of beneficial owners that are available to law enforcement and tax authorities, and to prohibit the issuance of options and rights in bearer form) are now in force. Federal, provincial and territorial governments continue to cooperate on assessing other potential mechanisms to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information by competent authorities including through the public consultations noted above.
- See above

C03.2.2 - Federal recommendations are provided to provincial and territorial governments on improving timely access to beneficial ownership information (August 2019)  

2020-09

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

- The recommendations on corporate and beneficial ownership transparency of the House Committee on Finance (FINA) review of Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing framework were shared with the federal, provincial and territorial working group on beneficial ownership transparency. FINA recommended the creation of a (non-public) pan-Canadian registry of beneficial ownership information for corporations, trusts and other entities. The federal government continues to work with provinces and territories to assess this and other options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information. - As noted above, in February 2020 the Government initiated public consultations on the creation of a publicly accessible central registry (or registries) of the beneficial owners who own and control corporations. These consultations closed on April 30, and we are currently reviewing the feedback received from stakeholders to inform our next steps for strengthening corporate transparency, in consultation with provincial and territorial governments.
- FINA Report: Confronting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Moving Canada Forward (November 2018)(Recommendation 1): https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/FINA/report-24/page-18
- Level of public awareness of why corporate and beneficial ownership transparency is important and relevant considerations may vary across Canadian jurisdictions and stakeholder groups. Civil society and other groups can play an important role to improve this understanding for a broader spectrum of Canadians across the country.

C03.2.1 - Consultations, framed by a discussion document, with stakeholders from civil society, private sector, academia and other sectors are held to discuss issues relating to beneficial ownership information, including emerging best practices in other jurisdictions (July 2019)  

2020-09

Milestone: Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information (FIN/ISED) - Work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders representing various perspectives on possible options to improve timely access to beneficial ownership information, including retention and disclosure obligations relating to such information and the exploration of a public registry option (FIN/ISED)
Commitment: C03 - Corporate transparency
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

- As per the December 2017 agreement with provinces and territories, initial priority was placed on certain legislative amendments as the first phase of work to improve corporate transparency. The second phase of the work involves further assessment of potential mechanisms to enhance timely access by competent authorities to beneficial ownership information, e.g. evaluation of potential options for a registry. - On June 13, 2019, the federal government convened a joint meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance and other Ministers responsible for anti-money laundering and beneficial ownership transparency. Participating jurisdictions agreed to cooperate on initiating consultations on making beneficial ownership information more transparent through initiatives such as aligning access through public registries, while respecting jurisdictional responsibilities with respect to corporations. - In February 2020, the Government of Canada initiated public consultations on the proposed creation of a publicly accessible central registry (or registries) of beneficial ownership information. These consultations closed on April 30, and we are currently reviewing the feedback received from stakeholders to inform our next steps for strengthening corporate transparency, in consultation with provincial and territorial governments. - The Government of British Columbia initiated similar consultations on a beneficial ownership registry for corporations in January 2020, which closed on April 30, 2020. Furthermore, in December 2020, the Government of Quebec introduced draft legislation to require businesses to declare information on beneficial owners to the Registraire des entreprises du Québec (REQ), and make it possible to do searches in the enterprise register using the name of a natural person.
- Joint Statement by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers on Anti-Money Laundering: https://www.fin.gc.ca/n19/19-065-eng.asp
- Globally, most countries have been challenged to implement effective systems for beneficial ownership transparency. Experience with (public) central registries is early and there is limited evidence on best practices. Work is ongoing in this area, e.g. at the Financial Action Task Force and OECD, which we will continue to monitor. - Continued cooperation and alignment between federal, provincial and territorial governments on this issue is important, given shared jurisdiction and responsibilities for corporate registries.

C10.7.2 - 10 data literacy events are held to promote employees skills in open data (May 2020)  

2020-03

Milestone: Promote data literacy and management for public servants within all levels of government (CSPS/TBS) - Promote data literacy and management for public servants within all levels of government (CSPS/TBS)
Commitment: C10 - Open government community
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

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On November 26, 2019, we hosted our annual Digital Open Government Forum with speakers from within government and outside of government; the topic was Digital disruption: disrupt to innovate?. Prior to this event we hosted three events on open government (an Open Government forum in 2018, an event on open government in collaboration with TBS, and the Open Government partnership summit). In November 2020 we will host another iteration of our annual Digital Open Government Forum event.
We have a packed program of events, but "digital" encompasses a wide variety of topics including data ethics, open data, cybersecurity, and more. It can be challenging to devote 10 events to open data specifically within a limited timeframe.

C01.2.5 - A Government of Canada Digital Academy is established, and at least 40 nominated participants complete its premium course curriculum (August 2019)  

2020-03

Milestone: Help Canadians learn about Canada’s work on open government (CSPS/TBS) - Help Canadians learn about Canada’s work on open government through learning materials, information sessions, and enhanced training for public servants (CSPS/TBS)
Commitment: C01 - User-friendly open government
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

59 learners completed the practicum learning journey across all streams on June 11, which was Practicum Demo Day. 47 learners participated in the Premium stream, and 12 in Solutions Leadership.
We have video footage from the final presentations on the Academy's Youtube channel. CSPS studio is also currently working on a short video on practicum for Busrides.ca, set to be published publically in the fall.
The intake process for the first cohort of learners had significant room for improvement, as learners had very different levels of expertise for each of the streams. For the incoming cohort in September 2019, the Academy is trying a different intake model.

C01.2.6 - 3 workshop events are held to train federal public servants on employing administrative data in decision-making (June 2020)  

2020-03

Milestone: Help Canadians learn about Canada’s work on open government (CSPS/TBS) - Help Canadians learn about Canada’s work on open government through learning materials, information sessions, and enhanced training for public servants (CSPS/TBS)
Commitment: C01 - User-friendly open government
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

The first data-focused learning event took place on March 26, 2019 on the topic of Data Rights and Ethics in Decision-making; we had 70 people in attendance and 270 individuals connected online. We also had a "Getting the Best out of AI: Shaping the Public Service of the Future" that discussed how AI could assist with government tasks such as data manipulation. The event was attended by 100 people in person, with over 150 individuals joining online. For future events, we are hosting an Open Government Forum with speakers from within government and around the world on September 26th; the topic will be Digital disruption: disrupt to innovate?. Session topics will include those such as increasing digital competencies in the public service and success stories of digital innovation in government. We will be continuously running events throughout the year and data remains a key focus area for these events.
On November 26, 2019, we hosted our annual Digital Open Government Forum with speakers from within government and outside of government; the topic was Digital disruption: disrupt to innovate?. We had roughly 1600 people connected online for the event. Session topics included those such as increasing digital competencies in the public service and success stories of digital innovation in government. We will be continuously running events throughout the year and data remains a key focus area for these events. Event website: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/digital-forum-inno/index-eng.aspx. Video for evolution in digital technology event event: EN (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BdRrCowYRY) FR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utuHOQ6Hri4
In a data-driven and -rich environment, the requirements for data literacy and responsibility are increasing for every public servant. Training and learning events need to be both technically sound and broadly applicable.

C04.7.5 - Through the CSPS Digital Academy, an AI curriculum is established at the Canada School of Public Service to help build literacy on AI among federal public servants. Curriculum will support the data analyst community, raise awareness of AI supported public services across the government, and help to reach common nomenclature aligned with existing best practices (January 2019)  

2019-03

Milestone: Improve transparency and awareness of AI supported public services (CSPS/ISED/TBS) - Improve transparency and awareness of artificial intelligence (AI) supported public services (CSPS/ISED/TBS)
Commitment: C04 - Digital government and services
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

The Digital Academy launched a dedicated AI learning program in January 2019 in collaboration with a university professor and subject matter experts from across the Government of Canada.
Github space with course materials: https://github.com/CSPS-EFPC-DAAN/Data-AI-ML
Public servants interested in, or working with, AI are coming from many different educational and work backgrounds. The challenge is finding a common ground for students that builds on existing foundations while advancing learners' understanding and practice. One example would be the wide variance in familiarity with R and Python as tools to support AI work.

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