Events Across Canada

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.

1994 Called – It Wants its FOI Law Back
1994 Called – It Wants its FOI Law Back

September 23 – 29, 2018 is Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia

Join the staff of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for a lively discussion of big data, access martyrs, duty to document and other access problems and solutions.

These events will take place at four universities across the province.  The details for each event can be found below:

166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  1. Mount Saint Vincent University

    Date:  September 24, 2018
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  Rosaria Student Centre, Room 312 – Alice Egan Hagen Boardroom
    *Open to MSVU Students Only

  1. Dalhousie University, Weldon Law Building

    6061 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Date:  September 25, 2018
    Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  Weldon Law Building
    *Open to the public

  1. Cape Breton University

    1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia
    Date:  September 25, 2018
    Time:  TBD
    Location:  TBD
    *Open to - TBD

  1. Acadia University

    15 University Avenue, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    Date: September 26, 2018
    Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Location:  The Quiet Reading Room, Vaughan Memorial Library
    *Open to the public

The Right of Access: A Right for All
The Right of Access: A Right for All

To mark Right to Know Week, join Caroline Maynard, the Information Commissioner of Canada, and three guests as they discuss the importance of access to information in Canadian society.

They will provide public servants with expert insights and new awareness of a citizen's right to access information held by government institutions. The session will also explore transparency and openness in government.

Date and time:

September 25, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)


  • Caroline Maynard, Information Commissioner of Canada
  • Sandra George, Director of Investigations, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
  • Christopher Nardi, Journalist, Journal de Montréal
  • Annie Plouffe, Director of Access to Information and Privacy, Public Services and Procurement Canada


Bilingual with interpretation in official languages

  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast


Registration: for public servant (member of government)

Please ensure that you have your MyAccount login name and password. If you do not have an account, please contact the Client Contact Centre.

Registration: for general public

Registration deadline: September 24, 2018


FOI Friday
FOI Friday

Time: 12pm-1pm

To mark Right to Know Day, the Canadian Association of Journalists' Ottawa chapter and iPolitics are hosting a Q & A with Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard to discuss the federal access-to-information system. Commissioner Maynard has been in charge of handling ATIA investigations and promoting transparency across federal departments since March. Learn about the state of freedom of information in Canada.

We'll touch on everything from the Information Commissioner's priorities to Bill C-58 and take questions from the audience. This is a free session open to the public. Bring a tidy lunch to the iPolitics newsroom, or join us through CAJ Facebook livestream.

Please register by September 26th so we can ensure enough seating.


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