Canada Launches Pilot Project for Online Information Access

12 April 2013

Canada has begun a one-year pilot project that will allow for the submission of information and privacy requests online to three departments.

Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, announced the launch April. 9, saying, “Our Government is the most open and transparent government in Canadian history.

 “This new online tool makes the process easier and is an important step towards a more modern and advanced administration of access to information,” he said.

Three government departments are participating in the pilot project – Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and Shared Services Canada. The later department provides centralized technology services for government. The immigration office receives about half of all requests.

After its one-year pilot phase the government intends to include other federal institutions.

“Instead of printing, scanning and mailing forms to these departments, individuals can now simply submit their requests online. Requestors can also securely pay the application fee for their access to information and privacy request online using a credit card, further simplifying the process,” according to the announcement.

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