Open Data

Since 2009, the Government of Canada has been working on initiatives to provide Canadians access to the data that is produced, collected, and used by departments and agencies across the federal government. This move towards open data has direct implications on Indigenous data sovereignty and the protection of cultural and community information.

What is Open Data?

Open Data is structured data that is machine-readable (i.e., editable in excel), freely shared, used and built on without restrictions. To find out more about open data, go to:

Open Data and the BCFNDGI

For the first time, an Indigenous Data and Open Government Panel presented at the 2015 3rd International Open Data Conference. Indigenous experts from Canada, the United States, and New Zealand shared their views on Indigenous data collection and the political nature of open data and data generally.

Check out the First Nations Information Governance Center Data Online

Search for information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities:

Interested in Commenting on the International Open Data Charter?

For information and the option to review and comment on the International Open Data Charter being led by Treasury Board Canada, go to: 

Consultation (and the Charter initiative) is being led by a group of stakeholders that includes the Government of Canada, the Web Foundation, the Government of Mexico, the OD4D Network, and Omidyar Network.

Search for specific open datasets

To search for specific datasets or to request datasets that are not yet available, go to:

Want to see who is doing what in open government across Canada?

From coast to coast to coast, Canadian provinces, territories and municipalities are joining the conversation on open government. Here you will find information about open government activities across the country, and tools to help get engaged in open government: