Public access does not mean public notice

News Media Canada has a number of resources available online relating to the issue of public notice.

Government has a duty to inform Canadians about its program, services, policies and decisions. Publishing public notices in newspapers is vital to the democratic process of a community. In most cases the newspaper is also the only printed record of history for a community. Once printed, it cannot be altered, erased or hidden. It is critical to keep public notices in the public record with newspapers. If not, the door is open to misuse of office, government corruption and less accountability.

Research from early 2019 confirms that more than half of Canadians want to see public notices in newspapers, in all regions across the country.