The purpose of the award is to recognize those who demonstrate an exceptional contribution to the promotion and support of the principles of transparency, accountability, and the public’s right to access information held by public institutions.
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Presented once a year to an individual, group or organization, the Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award is a non-monetary award. It consists of a letter of appreciation and an engraved trophy.
The Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award was launched in 2011 by the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada in collaboration with its provincial and territorial counterparts. The award was created in memory of John Grace (1927-2009) former Information Commissioner of Canada, and Marcel Pépin (1941-1999) founding-president of the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec. Both made significant contributions to the development and promotion of access to information principles in Canada.
Nominations are open to an individual, group or organization. The nomination package must be in compliance with the nomination regulations, and each nominee is assessed based on three criteria: 1) significance, 2) implementation, and 3) impact.
The selection committee consists of five to seven members who all work or have worked within the access to information field. The selection committee evaluates each nomination package to assess whether or not the nominee is in compliance with the regulations and meets all three criteria.
A nomination package should be submitted to the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada c/o Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award via regular mail, email, or fax, by September 5, 2017.