The City of Calgary strives to be a transparent organization and believes that promoting freedom of information is essential for good governance, quality service delivery and effective citizen engagement.
This year, The City is celebrating your right to access government information as part of Right to Know Week (RTK) from September 26-30. RTK Week promotes the benefits of access to information and the rights of Canadians to transparent and open government. The goal of RTK Week is to raise global awareness of an individual’s right to access government information and to promote access to information as a fundamental human right.
In Alberta the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act is the legislation which provides the framework for access to information requests and protection of personal information.
For a list of activities happening in Alberta during RTK Week, visit Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta Events or Canada’s national website at www.righttoknow.ca.
Message from Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Acting in a transparent and open manner should be among the top priorities of The City of Calgary. Over the past few decades, The City has made significant strides towards acting in a more open and accountable manner.
Access to information can be an important first step toward greater citizen engagement—engagement that has us all working together to build a better Calgary.
Thankfully, there is growing agreement in Canada on this topic; many realize that good governance and good public information go hand in hand. Initiatives such as ‘Right to Know Week’ highlight this importance.
Between September 26-30, The City of Calgary, along with other governments across Canada, is promoting the benefits and rights of access to information.
At The City we understand the importance of transparency in government, and I am committed to ensuring that Calgarians have that right of access. Over the past few years, we’ve made changes that support that commitment. A few examples:
- We’ve launched the Citizen Dashboard – and online dynamic reporting tool to help citizens learn more about The City’s performance and how city programs and services are actively contributing to our quality of life.
- The City has expanded its extensive open data catalogue to share City information, including recent census data, in various formats. This catalogue is now being regularly mined by citizen innovators through the Civic Innovation YYC project to help make an even better City.
- At my urging, Council now regularly publishes office expenses, meetings, and gifts on Calgary.ca and (for my office) on CalgaryMayor.ca.
Calgarians seeking information on projects, meetings, or services may search Calgary.ca or contact 311. Our goal is to have all the information citizens may need readily available. Otherwise, citizens have the right to submit a FOIP request.
In recent years, I have seen more Calgarians get involved by seeking out information and taking action to make Calgary even better. For many, it is part of their 3 Things for Calgary.