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C05.5.2 - Indicators report on the benefits of open science for Canadians is published (June 2020)

2019-06

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)
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, 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, 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, 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.

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, 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.

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)

2019-06

Milestone: - 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: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

A contract to develop the new dynamic microsimulation model was signed with HEC Montreal Negotiation with Statistics Canada to work on the development of the model with the external consultant progressed significantly A governance structure for the dynamic microsimulation initiative was propsed to all the partners
Signed contract with HEC Montreal
Potential issues with recruitment of qualified staff.

C02.2.1 - Canadians and Parliamentarians have access to information on the gender and diversity impacts of budget measures (March 2019)

2019-03

Milestone: - Publish the Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) for all new announced budget expenditure and tax measures in future budgets (FIN)
Commitment: C02 - Financial transparency and accountability
Lead Organization: Department of Finance Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

Budget 2019 was tabled on March 19, 2019 along with the GBA+ for all new announced budget measures (as per the Canadian Gender Budgeting Act). Budget 2019 also includes a Gender Statement, which updates the Government’s progress on its Gender Results Framework and actions taken to strengthen the GBA+ process.
Gender Report: https://budget.gc.ca/2019/docs/gba-acs/gbs-acs-en.pdf Budget 2019 Gender Statement: https://budget.gc.ca/2019/docs/plan/chap-05-en.html#Gender-Statement-Equality
Availability of gender disaggregated data has imposed constraints on the depth of analysis for some GBA+

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

2019-03

Milestone: - 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 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.

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

2019-06

Milestone: - 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: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

The first data-focused learning event took place on March 26 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.
Event website: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/dredm/index-eng.aspx Video for AI in government event: EN (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi4X-5SFmaY) FR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMpiyB89T8s&t=129s
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)

2019-06

Milestone: - 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.

C08.2.1 - Competencies for supporting open and inclusive dialogue are part of a policy competency framework for public servants (March 2019)

2019-06

Milestone: - Promote development of skills and competencies required to design, facilitate, and support open and inclusive dialogue in policy development, with support materials and capacity building activities (CSPS/TBS)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

CSPS GBA+ Premium pilot courses were offered from October 2018 to February 2019 to public servants nominated by their Deputy Heads
10 pilot classes were delivered to a total of 115 participants from 38 federal departments and agencies.
- there is a varied understanding of policy across government, and therefore also a varied interpretation of what "open and inclusive dialogue" looks and feels like when looking at a policy competency framework for public servants. It has been challenging to bring more of a common understanding first to policy itself, before engaging in the open and inclusive aspect.

C08.2.2 - Capacity-building activities are developed and offered to public servants (September 2019)

2019-06

Milestone: - Promote development of skills and competencies required to design, facilitate, and support open and inclusive dialogue in policy development, with support materials and capacity building activities (CSPS/TBS)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

Introduction to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) online course is offered to Public Servants through GCcampus and also through the Department for Women and Gender Equality, formerly Status of Women Canada, website. The CSPS also continued to offer its 1-day workshop on GBA+: Applying Your Knowledge (T731) CSPS formally launched its GBA+ Premium course in May 2019 following a successful pilot phase. This Premium offering will be delivered on a monthly basis from September 2019 onwards.
Link to Introduction to Gender-based Analysis Plus: https://learn-apprendre.csps-efpc.gc.ca/application/en 10 offerings of the 1-day workshop on GBA+: Applying Your Knowledge (T731) were delivered between December 2018 and March 2019 to a total of 146 participants.
- the term "open and inclusive dialogue" may mean different things to different individuals. As such, it has been challenging to develop a "one-size-fits-all" approach when it comes to capacity-building activities.

C08.2.3 - Open and inclusive dialogue case studies and supporting materials are published and shared with the public (September 2019)

2019-06

Milestone: - Promote development of skills and competencies required to design, facilitate, and support open and inclusive dialogue in policy development, with support materials and capacity building activities (CSPS/TBS)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Canada School of Public Service
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

GBA+ Case Studies are currently in development. Multiple videos relating to GBA+ were produced and made available to the public.
Link to CSPS website/video: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/gbap-acsp-fra.aspx
- it has been challenging to develop policy development case studies in a manner that a very broad public can easily digest/understand. The public first needs to come to a common understanding of what is policy (not well-understood outside of government, sometimes even inside government), before being able to look deeper at a case study. In some aspects, good case studies are often the subject of Cabinet confidence material and takes a lot of work to "sanitize" or transform significantly before it can be released publicly.

C06.2.1 - The RRM is fully operationalized, and the coordination unit at Global Affairs Canada is established (November 2018)

2019-03

Milestone: - Leverage the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen international capacity to identify and respond to a diversity of evolving threats to democracy, including through sharing information and analysis, and identifying opportunities for coordinated responses (GAC)
Commitment: C06 - Healthy democracy
Lead Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

RRM Terms of Reference are approved. RRM Information-sharing protocols are approved. The RRM Coordination Unit is fully operational.
The RRM Coordination Unit is operational, with staffing and resources in place to deliver its mandate

C06.2.2 - The RRM Focal Points convene on a regular basis (Ongoing through June 2020)

2019-03

Milestone: - Leverage the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen international capacity to identify and respond to a diversity of evolving threats to democracy, including through sharing information and analysis, and identifying opportunities for coordinated responses (GAC)
Commitment: C06 - Healthy democracy
Lead Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

The RRM Coordination Unit organized its second in-person meeting of RRM Focal Points to discuss, among other things, opportunities to strengthen shared understanding of threats to democracy.
G7 RRM Focal Points November meeting, available at https://twitter.com/RightsGAC/status/1059543678987862016

C06.2.3 - The RRM will be tried and tested during its first year of operation (January 2020)

2019-03

Milestone: - Leverage the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen international capacity to identify and respond to a diversity of evolving threats to democracy, including through sharing information and analysis, and identifying opportunities for coordinated responses (GAC)
Commitment: C06 - Healthy democracy
Lead Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

The RRM is in its first 6 months of operation. The RRM has begun producing and sharing various reports with G7 partners and other stakeholders, including a monthly newsletter on threats to democracy titled “RRM Wire.” The RRM is also integrated into national structures to protect Canadian elections, which will test the mechanism in its first year
Government of Canada unveils plan to safeguard Canada’s 2019 election, available at https://www.canada.ca/en/democratic-institutions/news/2019/01/government-of-canada-unveils-plan-to-safeguard-canadas-election.html
Content of some RRM reports may require approval by all G7 members before their release to a wider audience, which may create a lengthy approval processes. This will be unknown until the mechanism and protocols are fully tested in the coming months

C06.2.1 - The RRM is fully operationalized, and the coordination unit at Global Affairs Canada is established (November 2018)

2019-06

Milestone: - Leverage the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen international capacity to identify and respond to a diversity of evolving threats to democracy, including through sharing information and analysis, and identifying opportunities for coordinated responses (GAC)
Commitment: C06 - Healthy democracy
Lead Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

RRM extended its information and analysis sharing network to like-minded countries and experts, including Australia, Lithuania, New Zealand and the Netherlands. This information sharing also includes a growing community of experts, currently comprised of over 100 specialists working in this space.

C06.2.2 - The RRM Focal Points convene on a regular basis (Ongoing through June 2020)

2019-06

Milestone: - Leverage the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to strengthen international capacity to identify and respond to a diversity of evolving threats to democracy, including through sharing information and analysis, and identifying opportunities for coordinated responses (GAC)
Commitment: C06 - Healthy democracy
Lead Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

Canada, along with the UK, launched the Global Community of Practice for Open Source Data Monitoring and Analysis (Community of Practice) in London on June 19, 2019. The purpose of this community of practice is to enable open source data analysts from across the G7, as well as other like-minded governments and organizations, to share best practices in detecting and analyzing foreign threats to democracy in digital contexts in support of the RRM mandate.

C09.3.1 - Systems supporting consultation and engagement are updated to enhance transparency (August 2020)

2019-03

Milestone: - Work with Indigenous peoples to identify ways in which transparency around consultation and engagement activities can be enhanced (CIRNA)
Commitment: C09 - Reconciliation and open government
Lead Organization: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

On-going enhancements to the Aboriginal Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS) based on consultation and collaboration with Indigenous groups to validate their community information in ATRIS.
Aboriginal Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS) http://sidait-atris.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/atris_online/home-accueil.aspx?lang=en
Challenges around complexity and breadth of overall consultation issues.

C08.7.1 - A Federal Housing Advocate and National Housing Council are appointed and are starting to consult and collaborate with stakeholders, including people with lived experience of housing need and homelessness (August 2020)

2019-03

Milestone: - 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: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

In spring 2018, the federal government held in-person consultations across the country and received hundreds of on-line submissions on elements of a human rights-based approach to housing, including the Advocate and Council. The Government is considering the input received.
https://www.placetocallhome.ca/pdfs/NHS-Human-Rights-Approach-to-Housing-Consultation-2018-en.pdf

C08.7.1 - A Federal Housing Advocate and National Housing Council are appointed and are starting to consult and collaborate with stakeholders, including people with lived experience of housing need and homelessness (August 2020)

2019-06

Milestone: - 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: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Status: Limited progress      Comment
Progress Summary

National Housing Strategy Act that includes the creation of a Federal Housing Advocate and National Housing Council received Royal Assent June 21, 2019
Materials in support of next steps to establish the National Housing Council are being drafted and not yet publicly available
Ensuring diverse representation on the Council

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

2019-03

Milestone: - 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: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

As of March 8 2019, 43 learners are participating in 3 out of 5 prototype cohorts, with Leadership and DevOps cohorts starting in March and April 2019. All five cohorts are scheduled to complete in May 2019.
GitHub space with course materials for each cohort: https://github.com/CSPS-EFPC-DAAN
We view these cohorts as prototypes. The challenges will be 1) ensuring that learning keeps pace with the changing environment and government needs and 2) scaling to more public sector employees. We're interested in connecting with experts in data, AI, design, DevOps, and disruptive technologies as we evolve the Digital Academy.

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

2019-03

Milestone: - 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: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

The first data-focused learning event is scheduled for March 26 on the topic of Data Rights and Ethics in Decision-making.
Event website: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/dredm/index-eng.aspx
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.

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