Open Government at Justice
Open government is about greater openness and transparency, strengthening democracy and citizen participation, and driving innovation and economic opportunities for all.
In 2012, Canada joined the Open Government Partnership, a global initiative that promotes open government principles and activities around the world. Countries who belong to the Open Government Partnership must complete national action plans explaining how they will support open government.
Information at the Department of Justice
The Department of Justice supports maximizing the release of non-sensitive information.
The information that Canada's Department of Justice makes available to the public reflects its mandate to support the Minister of Justice in developing legislation and policy in the areas of human rights law, aboriginal justice, family law, and criminal justice.
Explore initiatives on the Open Government Portal such as Charterpedia, national justice surveys, judicial appointee questionnaires and annotated language laws that help the public better understand and participate in their justice system.
The Research and Statistics Division produces high-quality empirical research on justice issues. Information is also provided on funding programs, our country’s tradition of bijuralism, and supporting access to justice in both official languages.
The Department of Justice also supports the Minister’s dual role as Attorney General of Canada. It provides legal advice to the government and handles government litigation.
Open Government—a Government of Canada Priority
Learn why Canada is embracing open government:
- Government of Canada – Open Government
- 2015 Speech from the Throne – Open and transparent government
- Budget 2016
Government of Canada Information Portals
Find publications, information and datasets from Justice Canada and other Government of Canada departments such as:
Legal Information and Education
Discover links and tools that can help you understand the Canadian justice system and legal information.
- About Canada’s Justice System
- Department of Justice Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. J-2)
- Public Legal Education and Information
- Guide to Canadian Legal Information
- Educational Tools for Youth
- Legal Aid
- About the Types of Family Justice Services
- Finding Restorative Justice Programs Across Canada
Can’t find the information you are looking for?
Did you know? Not all legal information is part of Justice Canada’s mandate. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is a distinct governmental organization. Courts in Canada also function independently and have their own websites. Provincial governments have separate Justice departments too.
If your search has left you empty-handed, try contacting a librarian for some expert tips to help you find the information you are seeking. We welcome you to suggest a dataset on the Open Government Portal.
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