Canada’s federal Access to Information Act celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. The law received royal assent on July 7, 1982 and came into force almost one year later, on Canada Day 1983.
In recognition of this milestone, the Office of the Information Commissioner announced that it will launch an in-depth assessment of the Act in order to address some of the current issues surrounding government transparency and accountability in Canada.
The announcement reads:
“In the coming months, the Office of the Information Commissioner will engage in a dialogue with the public and stakeholders on the modernization of the Access to Information Act. This will launch a detailed review by the Commissioner of the Act's provisions, including a comparative analysis of other jurisdictions, with a view to making recommendations to Parliament on possible improvements to the Act.”