Canada Celebrates Right to Know Week

Gatineau, September 24, 2018 — The Information Commissioner of Canada, Caroline Maynard, will be joining Canadians across the country, along with her provincial and territorial counterparts, to celebrate Right to Know Week from September 24 to 28, 2018.

Each year, on September 28, Right to Know Day is celebrated around the world. In Canada, an entire week of activities is organized to raise awareness of the right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. 

“This is my first time celebrating Right to Know Week as Information Commissioner,” stated Commissioner Maynard. “I am looking forward to this year’s activities, which are aimed at promoting transparency within government institutions, and raising awareness of the right of access among all Canadians”.

Over the course of Right to Know Week, the Office of the Information Commissioner will be posting daily messages on its digital platforms.

For more information about Right to Know Week events, visit the Office of the Information Commissioner’s digital platforms by using the hashtag #RTK2018 on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, and the Right to Know website at http://www.oic-ci.gc.ca/rtk-dai-eng/.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Natalie Bartlett
Manager, Communications and Linguistic Services
Office of the Information Commissioner
Tel.: 819-994-1068
Email: Natalie.Bartlett@ci-oic.gc.ca

In 2018, Right to Know Week will be celebrated the week of September 24 to September 30th.

Each year on September 24, approximately 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations celebrate Right to Know Day. The purpose of Right to Know is to raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance.

Canada’s Right to Know website serves as a portal to all jurisdictions across the country mandated to address complaints about access to information. The website offers links to other jurisdictions’ websites, as well as information about Right to Know Week in Canada.

 
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