Cuts to Statistics Canada are Harming Canadians

The CLA recently released a statement in response cuts at Statistics Canada. The below text is an abstract – please click here for the full statement.

“… Recent programme cuts and policy changes at Statistics Canada have made it more difficult than ever for Canadians to track changes to critical issues that affect their communities, such as unemployment rates or the education of our children. The replacement of the mandatory long-form census with the National Household Survey, at a significantly greater cost, and the cancellation of many social surveys has made it increasingly challenging, if not impossible, for municipalities, hospitals, schools, and government agencies to administer social programmes and to track their success. In some cases, municipalities are financing their own surveys to gather the critical data they once had access to through StatCan (see full article for reference). StatCan cuts and changes are continuing to impede effective planning for all agencies, making future programming a costly gamble. Additionally, with all levels of government focused on social and economic innovation, it is imperative that municipalities have the ability to look back on trends in order to plan for the future with reliable data…”

Survey on Fugitive Canadian Government Information

This survey is being conducted by a working group of the Canadian Government Information Private LOCKSS Network (CGI-PLN) in order to learn more about how institutions are collecting fugitive materials and, if they are, how these materials are being identified and preserved. The CGI-PLN will use this information to help set web harvesting priorities.

A fugitive document is a “document” published by a government agency but not collected and distributed by an official depository program.

For the purpose of this survey we are focusing on documents produced by the Government of Canada. In this context, fugitive documents include all types and formats of digital materials including press releases published as HTML pages, reports published as MS Word documents or PDFs, digital maps from the Atlas of Canada, databases such as Trade Online from Industry Canada, audio and video recordings, etc.

Click here to complete the survey!

Parliamentary budgets & Librarians: An interview with Kevin Page

Article posted in Open Shelf, available here.

Q: What is the relationship between the PBO and the Library of Parliament (LoP)? How much interaction did you have with the library and its librarians when you were there?

A: The PBO was created by an Act of Parliament (Accountability Act) in December of 2006. Canada was not ready to make the PBO an independent office of Parliament, so administratively, it reports to the LoP. There are similarities in the things that both the PBO and the LoP do: They both provide research services to Parliament for instance, so there is symmetry there. But it is not always a natural fit. Although research support is common to both, LoP has a confidential model—if a Member of Parliament (MP) needs information for a private member’s bill or needs to prepare for a committee, librarians provide confidential support. The PBO is more of an accountability model and provides independent opinion. If the PBO continues to exist, it should be outside of the LoP.

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Registration is now open for Government Information Day at uOttawa

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L’inscription a débuté pour la Journée d’information gouvernemental! Cet évènement est gratuit, mais les places sont limitées. Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire.

Pour plus d’information, visitez le site :

Le programme provisoire de la conférence sera disponible dans les prochaines semaines.

N’hésitez pas à contacter si vous avez des questions.


Registration for Government Information Day is now open! The event is free, but tickets are limited. Click here to register.

For more information visit the website:

Stay tuned for the draft program, to be released in the coming weeks.

Feel free to email if you have any questions.

The Lyon Declaration

The Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development was launched at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, 15-22 August 2014. The Declaration focuses on the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, currently being developed, and includes important statements on the access to and the preservation of government information, including the recognition on behalf of signatories that:

Information intermediaries such as libraries, archives, civil society organisations (CSOs), community leaders and the media have the skills and resources to help governments, institutions and individuals communicate, organize, structure and understand data that is critical to development. They can do this by:

Preserving and ensuring ongoing access to cultural heritage, government records and information by the public, through the stewardship of national libraries and archives and other public heritage institutions.

The full text of the Declaration is available here. Please share widely.


Government Information Day | Journée d’information gouvernementale

Save the date!

The University of Ottawa Library, with sponsorship from the Carleton University Library, is organizing a one-day conference, Government Information Day, scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at the University of Ottawa’s downtown campus.

Last year, Government Information Day was held at the University of Toronto and we would like to continue last year’s valuable discussion. We are currently in the process of developing the program. The broad theme will be focused around collaboration, with presentations and panels organized around two proposed subthemes: (i) preservation and access and (ii) open government.

Government Information Day is designed as a forum for keeping current on ongoing changes, but also for exploring how we can collaborate and respond to emerging and ongoing challenges and opportunities in the field of government information in Canada.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

If you have any questions, please, feel free to get in touch with us at


Marquez votre calendrier!

Organisée par la Bibliothèque de l’Université d’Ottawa, sous le patronage de la Bibliothèque de l’Université Carleton, la Journée d’information gouvernementale est une conférence d’une journée qui aura lieu le jeudi 16 octobre 2014 au campus principal de l’Université d’Ottawa.

L’an dernier, la Journée d’information gouvernementale a eu lieu à l’Université de Toronto et nous aimerions poursuivre la discussion entamée. Nous sommes à présent en voie d’élaborer le programme de la Journée. Le thème général sera axée sur la collaboration, et comprendra des présentations et des tables rondes structurées autour des deux sous-thèmes proposés: (i) la préservation et l’accès et (ii) la transparence gouvernementale.

La Journée d’information gouvernementale, est non seulement conçue comme une instance ouverte pour permettre de rester à l’affût des changements en cours, mais aussi pour examiner les façons de collaborer et de répondre aux défis et aux occasions qui se posent dans le domaine de l’information gouvernementale au Canada.

Des détails supplémentaires et de l’information relative à l’inscription seront bientôt disponibles.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à nous les faire parvenir à

Notes from Business Meeting at CLA 2014

CLA Government Information Network Business Meeting
May 29, 2014
CLA Victoria 2014

NOTES FINAL (June 17,2014 – Corrected July 2014)

Attendance: 14 members in person, 3 members by conference call. Sign-up sheet circulated. REMINDER: to join GIN send an email to You do not have to be a member of CLA.

  1. Introductions of those attending in person and those calling in by conference call and introduction of our liaison to the CLA Executive, Jane Schmidt.
  2. Report from CLA Moderators Network conference call – Calls held in September and April. Purpose of the Moderators Network, chaired by Geraldine Hyland (CLA office), is to provide exposure for the work of each network, to promote activities, to encourage networks to host online webinars, and to provide information on network responsibilities / administration within CLA.
  3. Introduction (via teleconference) of our new Co-moderator, Catherine McGoveran. Catherine asked for a Co-moderator as Caron will be stepping down at the end of December. Michelle Lake (Concordia) has expressed interest. Catherine is responsible for the following:
  4. Open Government Action Plan Consultation (OGAP2) at CLA 2014 (see below). Update from the Session:
    • Canada joined the Open Government Partnership in 2012. There are requirements to have action plans and consultations and reviews. Canada’s Open Government Action Plan 1 had a 3 yr cycle, we are at the end of yr 2. TBS is already starting work on Action plan 2.0, which was the basis for the consultation session at CLA (OGAP2).
    • See:
    • The plan for OGAP2 hasn’t been released yet but “idea dialogue” is underway, again the focus of the CLA consultation session. The idea dialogue will feed into the “Activities” discussion, between now and October. This is all to feed into “commitments” (actions), which will be approved by cabinet. Providing input at a session or online is very important.
    • Today we addressed permanence of open government information in terms of access to preservation / archival copies of data, publications and websites; reducing the need for ATI requests, everything (almost) should be open; the need to change the culture of government so that everything is open . One thought… open government is yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We were also asked to recommended groups to consult.
    • The Open Government License will be more clear and will include data, information, and publications, and commercial and noncommercial use. The virtual library is going ahead and there is a plan in the works. The virtual library was mentioned and the TSB person said the was being reorganized.
  5. CLA Information Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) (Todd Kyle) and the federal government’s Action Plan on Open Government. IPAC needs examples of information that has disappeared as a result of changes resulting from the Action Plan. Caron advised to see our Google doc created form entries on the LOST DOCS section of our blog.
  6. Update on the Depository Services Program and the DSP Library Advisory Committee:
    • New Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee have been posted on the DSP website. References to “depository” libraries were removed. The committee needs another member from a public library. Notable digital collections received from departments for inclusion in the DSP e-collection: historical census and historical Agriculture Canada documents. (See supp checklists 12-43, 13-04, 13-17). The DSP follows the Government of Canada Communications Policy and Procedures for Publishing. A question about the new ILS was asked; it is proceeding. The DSP is still uploading to GALLOP portal (monthly) and working with the CGI-PLN.
    • Minutes of DSP meetings are posted online.
    • The Supreme Court of Canada and the CGSB will continue to send material to former depository libraries upon request.
    • Infodep-l listserve will continue.
    • Relevant sessions at CLA 2014:  The DSP is Dead; Long Live the DSP, Session H58.
  7. Government Information Days:
    • BC has a long standing “Gov Info Day”. This year, the event was held on April 25, 2014 at SFU Vancouver. A summary of this event will be published in a forthcoming issue of the BCLA Browser
    • Ontario held a Gov Info Day on 1 November 2013, and uOttawa is organizing one for this coming fall (2014).
    • Access in the Academy” – This new free ebook provides instructions on how to embark upon federal and BC access to information requests. A troubling statistics is that the number of “non-responsive” requests is increasing. A listserv discussion last year on CLA-GIN brought to light that requests for publications sometimes result in the requirement for disclosure of personal information. (Caron)
    • Dr. Luanne Freund (UBC SLAIS) – results of her research on use of government web sites. Her research shows governments use websites to put up news; citizens want information on programs and services. Feedback shows that citizens want “findability” issues addressed, and governments are removing sites and content when they should be improving metadata and search engines.
  8. Announcements:
    • The Statistics Canada Library is using the Summon discovery layer. It appears that their entire collection, previously digitized (see CLA 2012 conference presentation, session D31 Open Past: Digital Projects from Government Libraries) , is now in the Internet Archive and links to the content provided by Summon. CORRECTION JULY 2014 The complete collection of STC’s published census volumes are available via the Internet Archive. STC is in the process of digitizing the official numbered publications and work is ongoing. A sizeable part of the collection has been digitized and can be accessed in electronic format by STC librarians. If there are specific publications that you are looking for, send them a request and they will send them to you electronically when available. Check their library catalogue – items that have been digitized will be indicated in the status field.

Submitted by Caron Rollins

Contribute to the Open Government Ideas Dialogue

An “Ideas Dialogue” has been development as part of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 Consultation:

What is the Idea Dialogue? It is a way to take the next step in phase2_data_portal_eng_300x250_0building Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0. We’d like you to share your ideas on ways the Government of Canada could focus its efforts toward increased openness and transparency. You could also help build on someone else’s idea by adding your comments on the idea details discussion pages.

Canada’s first Action Plan on Open Government helped us make significant strides in providing easier access to the data and information Canadians want.

This could be a great opportunity for the government information community to make concrete suggestions for improving access to government information and data in Canada. Please, contribute your recommendations to this consultation, spread the word, and upvote the ideas you support!

Un dialogue en matière d’idées relatives à l’élaboration du Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert 2.0 a été développé:

phase2_data_portal_fra_300x250_0En quoi consiste le dialogue en matière d’idées? Il s’agit d’un moyen de passer à l’étape suivante dans l’élaboration du Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert 2.0. Nous aimerions connaître vos idées sur la façon dont le gouvernement du Canada pourrait orienter ses efforts en vue d’accroître son ouverture et sa transparence. Vous pourriez également enrichir l’idée d’une autre personne en ajoutant vos commentaires aux pages de discussion relatives aux détails de l’idée en question.

Le premier Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert nous a aidé à réaliser d’importants progrès qui ont permis de faciliter l’accès des Canadiens à l’information.


Consultation: Open Government Action Plan 2.0 | Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert 2.0

This workshop will be taking place at the CLA Conference in Victoria on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 2:30pm. Mark your calendars!

Cet atelier se déroulera le jeudi 29 mai 2014 à 14 h 30 à la conférence de l’ACB à Victoria. Marquez vos calendriers!

Open Government Action Plan 2.0

As part of developing Canada’s second Open Government Action Plan, the Open Government Secretariat is facilitating conversations with public interest groups across the country. The purpose of this session is to provide a brief overview of Federal Open Government in Canada and solicit your ideas on what activities the government of Canada should include in the Action Plan.

Session Outline:

  • Presentation and discussion on why open government is important
  • Interactive workshop where participants work together on ideas for the Open Government Action Plan
  • Group reports and plenary discussion
  • Wrap up and next steps

By attending this session you will learn about Open Government initiatives and have the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas on the direction this global movement should take in Canada.

Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert 2.0

Dans le contexte de l’élaboration d’un deuxième Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert, le Secrétariat du gouvernement ouvert dirige des discussions avec des groupes de défense de l’intérêt public de partout au pays. La présente séance a pour but de donner un bref aperçu du gouvernement ouvert fédéral au Canada et d’obtenir vos idées quant aux activités que le gouvernement du Canada devrait inclure dans le Plan d’action.

Principaux points de la séance :

  • Exposé et discussion au sujet de l’importance que revêt le gouvernement ouvert.
  • Atelier interactif au cours duquel les participants travaillent ensemble pour dégager des idées au regard du Plan d’action du Canada pour un gouvernement ouvert.
  • Rapports de groupe et discussion plénière.
  • Récapitulation et prochaines étapes.

Cette séance est l’occasion de vous renseigner au sujet des initiatives connexes au gouvernement ouvert et de présenter vos réflexions et idées à propos de l’orientation que ce mouvement mondial devrait prendre au Canada.