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Open and transparent communication from government to Canadians is vital and the proper dissemination of public notices assures that the public is informed about important changes that will impact their lives.

Online public notices at cost of public awareness

In some areas within Canada, there is a push to move public notices into an online only format and to discontinue the requirement to publish notices in newspapers that represent the relevant audience for the notice. Often cost reduction is touted as the main driver for this push. This is a false savings as it comes at the cost of public awareness, which is the entire reason behind public notices.