Approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations participate in the annual celebration of Right to Know Day.

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"Just as water is essential for life to grow, knowledge sustains our capacity to imagine and to change. When information flows freely, people are equipped with tools to take control of their lives. When the flow of information is hindered - whether for political or technological reasons - our capacity to function is stunted." 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, May 2008

"Information is the DNA of ideas, policies, and government actions. Without the DNA code, you cannot understand how government operates."

Information Commissioner of Canada Suzanne Legault, September 2013

  • 10 basic principles on the right of access to information announced by the Open Justice Society Initiative in 2005.
  • 40 countries now marking international Right to Know Day.
  • 100 countries with right-to-know legislation
  • 60 non-governmental organizations also marking international Right to Know Day.

1766 - Sweden becomes the first country in the world to introduce freedom-of-information rules.

1977 - Nova Scotia becomes the first province in Canada to introduce its own access-to-information legislation.

1983 - Coming into force of the federal Access to Information Act.

2002 - International Right to Know Day is established in Sofia, Bulgaria.

2006 - Right to Know Week is first celebrated in Canada

2011 - Open Government Partnership

2014 - Right to Know Week is celebrated from Sept. 22-28, with activities across Canada.

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