The Information Commissioner’s 2015−2016 annual report

Gatineau, June 16, 2016—After a challenging year, 2015-2016 has shown some early signs of improvements in terms of transparency and collaboration with the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC). “A new government brings with it new possibilities” said Suzanne Legault. She tabled her 2015-2016 annual report in Parliament today.

The Commissioner completed several resource intensive investigations in 2015-2016 that have required the dedicated attention of teams of investigators, legal counsel and senior officials at the OIC.  Her office has also received 17% more complaints in 2015-2016, compared to the previous year.

The report provides examples of a positive change towards a more open culture within government, including the disclosure of public opinion research and the elimination of most fees.  “It will be crucial for the government to sustain its efforts to ensure that a culture change permeates the entire public service” said Suzanne Legault.

Throughout the report, the Commissioner emphasizes the necessity to modernize the Access to Information Act to ensure government transparency and accountability. The Commissioner is looking forward to the upcoming report from the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics and the legislative proposals by the government.

The report is available on the OIC website.

For more information:

Natalie Hall
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Office of the Information Commissioner
Tel.: 819-994-1068
Email: Natalie.hall@ci-oic.gc.ca