Freedom of Information Audit to be released September 27

Newspapers Canada will release its sixth annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Audit and related material on September 27, 2011. The annual FOI Audit provides a unique opportunity to compare the performance of institutions across Canada. A team of auditors in each province requested the same information across all three levels of government, and have tabulated the scores of the various government departments. The results of the audit are presented in an accountability report card, revealing which government departments are lagging when it comes to being genuinely open and accountable to Canadians.

The 2011 audit includes a special supplementary report on Ontario’s FOI regime and also notes on the BC government’s performance.

Again this year, the FOI audit was done in collaboration with Fred Vallance-Jones, assistant professor of journalism at the University of King’s College, and his team.

On Tuesday, September 27, the study will be posted on the Newspapers Canada website. To see the 2011 audit as well as past audits, visit The report launch coincides with Right to Know Week in Canada, September 26-30, 2011.

Conference Call
John Hinds and Fred Vallance-Jones will talk about the audit and answer questions
DATE: September 27, 2011
TIME: Noon (Eastern Daytime Time)
To call in, phone 1-866-512-0904
Participant code: 431-9481

Contact Information

  • John Hinds, Chief Executive Officer, Newspapers Canada – 416-923-3567,
    ext. 244,
  • Susan Brophy Down, Managing Director Dailies, Newspapers Canada – 416-923-3567, ext. 231
  • Fred Vallance-Jones, Assistant Professor, University of King’s College – 902-422-1271, ext. 147