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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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C08.4.1 - "In-person or online engagement sessions held: Roundtable: targeting approximately 250 stakeholders reached in person Engaging men and boys: targeting approximately 90 organizations engaged on the development of a strategy (June 2020)"  

2021-06

Milestone: Engage Canadians on gender equality by hosting a national roundtable on GBA+ (SWC) - Engage Canadians on gender equality by hosting a national roundtable on GBA+, leading a national conversation on gender equality with young Canadians, and developing a strategy that engages men and boys as partners in advancing gender equality (SWC)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Department for Women and Gender Equality
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

Over 200 participants across the country gathered with Women and Gender Equality Canada at a series of roundtables to share their insight and expertise on engaging men and boys to work for gender equality. The participants represented a wide diversity of perspectives and life experiences, sectors and professions, and the geographic breadth of our country.
https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/abu-ans/wwad-cqnf/men-boys-hommes-garcons/index-en.html

C08.4.2 - Engagement sessions include participation from youth, Indigenous people, officials from different levels of government, academics, civil society representatives, and industry representatives (June 2020)  

2021-06

Milestone: Engage Canadians on gender equality by hosting a national roundtable on GBA+ (SWC) - Engage Canadians on gender equality by hosting a national roundtable on GBA+, leading a national conversation on gender equality with young Canadians, and developing a strategy that engages men and boys as partners in advancing gender equality (SWC)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Department for Women and Gender Equality
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

In May 2019, the Department convened a Youth Working Group (YWG), from diverse backgrounds from across the country, to develop an approach to engage youth from different backgrounds in dialogue and action on advancing gender equality . In March 2021, the YWG concluded its discussions and consultations with other youth on advancing gender equality and supported the development of Canada’s first-ever State of Youth Report: For Youth, With Youth, By Youth. WAGE is also funding five Indigenous organizations to engage on gender equality with Indigenous youth, including through the development of toolkits and resource guides. Work is ongoing as WAGE has these agreements in place with the organizations over 5 years (2019-2024) to continue to advance this work. In August 2019, WAGE also funded four pilot projects to test promising practices identified through consultations with stakeholders on the development of a strategy to engage men and boys. Three of the four projects were completed during the spring 2021, and results are currently being reviewed. The final project will be completed by March 2022.
https://women-gender-equality.canada.ca/en/youth-working-group.htmlhttps://www.canada.ca/en/women-gender-equality/news/2019/08/government-of-canada-invests-in-indigenous-led-solutions-for-gender-equality-amongst-youth.html

C08.6.5 - Data and research in priority areas related to gender-based violence are released (June 2020)  

2021-06

Milestone: Increase access to relevant and timely gender and inclusion data (StatCan/SWC) - Increase access to relevant and timely gender and inclusion data (StatCan/SWC)
Commitment: C08 - Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Lead Organization: Department for Women and Gender Equality
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

Through funding provided by WAGE, Statistics Canada conducted the Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces (SSPPS) in 2018. The Survey provides critical information that has allowed for knowledge and insights on gender-based violence (GBV). Specifically, information was collected on experiences and characteristics of violent victimization as well as the continuum of other unwanted experiences while in public, online, or at work. WAGE continues to work in close collaboration with Statistics Canada and other partners to analyze results of this and other surveys to support the development and implementation of policies, programs and other initiatives to address GBV. In April 2021, four reports on results from the SSPPS were released, regarding intimate partner violence among the general population, among women living with disabilities, and among women and men who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or of a sexual orientation that is not heterosexual. In May 2021, three additional reports on results from the SSPPS regarding intimate partner violence among Indigenous women, racialized women, and young women were released. In addition, collaboration between WAGE and Statistics Canada through a Letter of Agreement led to the publication of two reports and three data tables in April 2021 on gender equality. The reports include: Couples' perceptions of the division of household and childcare tasks: Are there differences between sociodemographic groups? (report); Over-qualification in the Workforce: Do Indigenous Women and Men Benefit Equally from High Levels of Education? (published in an academic journal); Representation of men and women in First Nations band councils and Chiefs in First Nations communities in Canada (data table); Canadian judges by selected demographic characteristics and sex (data table); and Canadian legislators by selected demographic characteristics and sex (data table). In May 2021, three reports were published through a Letter of Agreement between WAGE and Statistics Canada: The evolution of wealth holdings of single men and women aged 50 and over, 1999 to 2016; Study: Diversity for board directors and officers: exploratory estimates on family, work and income; and Gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the proportion of youth neither in employment nor education at the start of the school year. To increase access of information and data, WAGE serves as a central point for sharing expertise across Canada and with international partners and uses this knowledge to inform and support Canada’s gender equality priorities. To disseminate information and mobilize knowledge related to gender-based violence (GBV), WAGE launched the GBV Knowledge Centre's online platform in December 2018. Through this platform WAGE holds monthly webinars and has done so since June 2019. Through the platform and webinars, as well as through engagement with researchers, governments, direct service providers and stakeholders, the GBV Knowledge Centre is achieving results in strengthening knowledge and capacity. Over the last few months, new material was added to the online platform, including identification of services available for racialized survivors of sexual assault, and an infographic on COVID-19 and GBV. As of August 2021, the GBV KC ’s online platform has had over 125,000 visits since its launch in 2018. Additionally, the GBV KC hosted multiple webinars. For example, “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Canada: Participatory Research towards Collective Healing” and “Gender-Based Violence in Canada's Territories: A Closer Look at Data” the latter is based on the Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces – Territories. In the coming months, more web knowledge products highlighting current key statistics and data on GBV related topics will also be published.
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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 GBA+ for all new announced budget expenditure and tax measures in future budgets (FIN) - 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 (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

C03.2.1 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

2019-03

Milestone: Promote development of skills and competencies required to design, facilitate, and support open and inclusive dialogue in policy development (CSPS/TBS) - 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

• The CSPS Premium: GBA+ (P004) course officially launched in May 2019. Nine offerings were delivered between May 2019 and January 2020, with 102 participants successfully completing the course: four course offerings in the National Capital Region, one in Halifax and one in Winnipeg. There are four additional course offerings scheduled from February 2020 to March 2020.

- 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)  

2019-03

Milestone: Promote development of skills and competencies required to design, facilitate, and support open and inclusive dialogue in policy development (CSPS/TBS) - 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

• The CSPS has also continued to offer its 1-day workshop on GBA+: Applying Your Knowledge (T731). Three offerings were delivered in the National Capital Region between September 2019 and December 2019 to a total of 55 participants. There are seven course offerings scheduled across Canada in February and March of 2020. • CSPS formally launched its CSPS Premium: GBA+ course in May 2019 following a successful pilot phase. This Premium offering has been delivered nine times since the official launch and will be delivered on a monthly basis for the rest of the 2019/2020 fiscal year, and starting again in May 2020 onwards.
Link to Introduction to Gender-Based Analysis Plus: https://learn-apprendre.csps-efpc.gc.ca/application/en
- 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)  

2019-03

Milestone: Promote development of skills and competencies required to design, facilitate, and support open and inclusive dialogue in policy development (CSPS/TBS) - 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. • The CSPS is working on publishing additional micro-learning videos featuring public service leaders addressing the need for GBA+.
Link to CSPS website: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/gbap-acsp-eng.aspx

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

2019-06

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.

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