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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.

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

N/A
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.

C10.7.1 - Data literacy and management resources have been identified and are made available to government employees (September 2019)  

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: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

N/A
The Digital Academy's Busrides website has published several episodes on data literacy topics including the cloud, how to become a software developer,project management and governance in the digital age, and more. Furthermore, the Digital Academy partnered with Apolitical on a ten-week bootcamp in January 2020 on how to be digital in the Canadian public service, with topics covering user-centred design, learning from failure, and digital product development. We also have our Discover Data course in its MVP stages, work being done on a data literacy framework, and had an event on strong digital leadership in times of COVID in May 2020. Finally, the Digital Academy released in August 2020 a Digital in Practice online course for all public servants.
N/A

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

2020-09

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

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.
In addition to the Annual Open Government Forum scheduled for November, we are looking into convening expert speakers for an event on disaggregated data as an effective tool for diversity on November 23. Moreover, while not strictly related to the topic of open data, we are planning on hosting an Accessibility in the Digital Age event in December 2020 and will follow this event up with a data conference to take place in February 2021.
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.

C10.7.1 - Data literacy and management resources have been identified and are made available to government employees (September 2019)  

2021-06

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: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

In additional to the original commitment, the Digital Academy has launched Discover Data and supporting self-paced courses.
https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/digital-academy/index-eng.aspx

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

2021-06

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

The CSPS Digital Academy continue to host data-focused events mutiple times a year, such as the Removing Bias & Building Trust in your Data events of September 2, 2020 and January 15, 2021.
https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/index-eng.aspx

C10.4.1 - An international coalition has been established that will work to make open government processes more inclusive. This group releases an Action Plan with commitments and progress markers (May 2019)  

2019-06

Milestone: Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide (IDRC) - Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide (IDRC)
Commitment: C10 - Open government community
Lead Organization: International Development Research Centre
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

•In collaboration with the OGP support unit, and with IDRC’s support for a gender advisor, OGP recently launched a menu of “gender options” and is asking all OGP governments to come to the Ottawa summit with a draft gender commitment for the national action plans that can be utilized moving forward •At the 2019 OGP Global Summit in Ottawa summit, a day dedicated to discussing gender issues brought together stakeholders explore a eight thematic priority areas (with the goal of creating an action plan with government and civil society commitments and progress markers •The quality of gender and inclusion focused OGP commitments is becoming increasingly diverse and powerful, with discussions emerging on gendered access to information, combatting child marriage, women’s leadership and political empowerment, data to reduce gender based violence, data to identify and reduce gender pay gaps worldwide, gender-focused public financial integrity including procurement standards that improve allocations for women owner businesses, and the gender dimensions of transparent and inclusive natural resources governance
Feminist Open Government Initiative: https://www.opengovpartnership.org/the-feminist-open-government-initiative/ Grants awarded to build knowledge on gender and open government: https://www.idrc.ca/en/news/grants-awarded-build-knowledge-gender-and-open-government

C10.4.2 - Research is funded in various regions to contribute to an evidence base for the impact of gender equality in open government on public service delivery (December 2018)  

2019-06

Milestone: Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide (IDRC) - Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide (IDRC)
Commitment: C10 - Open government community
Lead Organization: International Development Research Centre
Status: Substantial progress      Comment
Progress Summary

•Initial primary and secondary research was completed in 12 countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Indonesia, the Philippines, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco and Tunisia. •Additional research, in a second phase, is currently underway and is due to be completed in December 2019 with new findings. The Feminist Open Government Initiative, which aims to enhance women’s participation and gender throughout OGP’s work, has awarded $240,000 in research grants to five organizations to help close the knowledge gap around gender equality, women’s participation, and open government.

C10.4.3 - A synthesis publication is released and shared, with future actions and recommendations outlined (May 2019)  

2019-06

Milestone: Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide (IDRC) - Build capacity for more feminist open government initiatives worldwide (IDRC)
Commitment: C10 - Open government community
Lead Organization: International Development Research Centre
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

•A synthesis publication summarizing primary and secondary research was completed in 12 countries from around the world: Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Indonesia, the Philippines, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco and Tunisia. The publication contains key findings and recommendations for new commitments, enhancing participation, and improving the OGP lifecycle. •The publication was launched at the OGP Summit in May 2019
Feminist Open Government, Addressing Addressing gender equity challenges in open government co-creation processes: https://fogo.od4d.net/
• Across all 12 countries, women were generally under represented and not being deliberately engaged. • Governments tend to prioritize engaging civil society groups with technical expertise in co-creation, with little thought to grassroots and a diversity of organizations with women in mind. • The majority of commitments are gender blind – that is, they assume that commitments will have an equal impact, without taking equity issues into consideration. • A lack of gendered considerations in evaluation mechanisms limits accountability on gender issues (and other inclusion factors), including in the OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM), country reports, flagship report, etc. • Gender-disaggregated data is identified as a clear priority, and there is a strong demand for data production and sharing on a variety of multi-dimensional and intersectional data points to support more nuanced policy and service-focused design, implementation, and tracking. • Gender-disaggregated data is identified as a clear priority, and there is a strong demand for data production and sharing on a variety of multi-dimensional and intersectional data points to support more nuanced policy and service-focused design, implementation, and tracking

C10.2.1 - The Open Data for Development Network, hosted at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and supported by Global Affairs Canada, will: Provide technical support to 10 OGP governments and civil society in developing countries for implementing open data commitments (June 2020)  

2019-12

Milestone: Support the OGP Thematic Partnership on Open Data (IDRC) - Support the OGP Thematic Partnership on Open Data, helping to advance the responsible release and use of open data in OGP countries (IDRC)
Commitment: C10 - Open government community
Lead Organization: International Development Research Centre
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

• Over the past two quarters, the Open Data for Development Program has formally launched Phase III of it’s programming which further builds on progress achieved over the past two phases; reaffirming its commitment to working on inclusion and openness in data. • Additionally, recruitment for the next cohort of the African Open Data Fellowship began with the first Fellow likely to be embedded in the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy. The Caribbean Open Institute has continued its work with the Jamaican National Statistics Office (STATIN) on the customization of the SDG National Reporting Plan. In the Asia region, multiple data literacy training sessions were held in Myanmar and Cambodia for universities, CSOs, designers, journalists and in Thailand, focused on the forestry sector. ODAsia also launched the Open Government Coordination for Malaysia https://ogp.sinarproject.org, which maps out all initiatives in Malaysia and connects local initiatives with international partners. CAFDO continued to work on overcoming language barriers in Open Data throughout Francophone Africa by developing a platform that hosts courses in French with open data related content. • All hubs across the network continue to feed their research into policy dialogues in areas such as: artificial intelligence, anti-corruption, transparency and public contracting, femicide standards, data journalism, education and data literacy, and health, nutrition and agriculture in Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cameroon, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Cote d’Ivore, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago, and Belize.
Annual report 2019-2020
No challenges to raise. As reported in November, this committment was already achieved.

C10.2.2 - Support research and innovative initiatives on the availability and use of open data for better service delivery, gender equality, inclusion, progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, or transparency and accountability in 10 countries (June 2020)  

2019-12

Milestone: Support the OGP Thematic Partnership on Open Data (IDRC) - Support the OGP Thematic Partnership on Open Data, helping to advance the responsible release and use of open data in OGP countries (IDRC)
Commitment: C10 - Open government community
Lead Organization: International Development Research Centre
Status: Complete      Comment
Progress Summary

• In the last quarter of 2020, the Open Government Partnership – an initiative supported under OD4D III - developed and refined its Gender Analysis Tool, which will be piloted in the next few months. This gender analysis guidance will integrate existing research and GBA+ guidance, with options to adapt for OGP local governments and civil society partners working in-country to integrate gender perspectives into open government processes. • In the last quarter of 2020, the Open Contracting Partnership – an initiative supported under OD4D III - scheduled a call for proposals for research proposals that respond to the question: How we can improve the effectiveness and equity of public procurement in the recovery? The grants will actively support researchers to use procurement data in identifying areas where policy reform could lead to measurable improvements in development outcomes: focusing on the equity of public procurement and/or the effectiveness of public procurement. Applications are open until 31 January 2021.
OGP Workplan for IDRC – December 2020 / Open Contracting Partnership website
No challenges to raise.

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