What is Open Government?

Open government helps governments serve people in ways that are efficient and fair. It can also help deploy new, digital tools that save public resources and make government processes more inclusive.

Open government aims to:

  • Promote increased transparency, accountability and participation
  • Harness new technologies to strengthen governance

At the global level, open government efforts are coordinated by the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Governments around the world support Open Government through Action Plans which include commitments on things like open data, open information, and open dialogue.

“At its heart is a simple idea: open government is good government.”
– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada’s involvement

From October 2018 to October 2019 the Government of Canada is serving as the Government Chair of the Open Government Partnership, a Global organization with 79 member countries and 20 local governments. Canada, in its role, will be hosting the 6th Open Government Partnership Global Summit in 2019. The priority areas for the Summit will be:

  • Inclusion: Enable citizens, civil society and businesses to participate in government decision-making. This leads to more trust in government and better outcomes.
  • Participation: Empower under-represented citizens, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation, to engage actively with governments. This allows for more equitable governments.
  • Impact: Help citizens understand how open government affects their day-to-day lives. This makes government accountable for results that make a difference.

In hosting this global summit, the Government of Canada is looking to work with organizations that are committed to helping us deliver a world class summit.

Why support this initiative

By working with the Government of Canada on the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2019, you will be demonstrating your organization’s commitment to support Canada’s leadership in open government worldwide.

“We value the contributions of civil society and the responsible use of public funds.”

  • 1500+ in person participants from local/regional/international governments, civil society stakeholder groups, academics, heads of state, Ministers, subject matter experts.
  • Networking with top level decision makers and influencers.
  • Exposure to representatives in 79 countries.
  • 3+ days to build relationships.
  • Once in life time opportunity to be a part of advancing Canada’s position as an open and responsible government.
  • 1000s of digital opportunities to engage multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to show your organization’s commitment to strengthening global democracy.

Building on the successes of past Open Government Global Summits

Canada will host the 6th Open Government Partnership Global Summit. The last global summit was held in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2018. The Summit was an internationally recognized event with over 2,200 participants from 115 countries, 90+ governments and many other civil society stakeholders in attendance. In this space, they shared knowledge and co-created solutions for more open and transparent governments around the world.

Our leadership

2018-2019 Government Chair

The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

2018-2019 Civil Society Chair

Nathaniel Heller, Executive Vice President of the Results for Development Institute

Open Government Partnership

Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership

Our principles

When working with organizations, Canada’s Open Government team is committed to upholding our public engagement principles:


We communicate with Canadians about engagement opportunities. We let Canadians know the purpose of engagement and how their input will be used.


We listen and talk to interested and affected Canadians about issues that matter to them. When we convene participants, we are clear about what is up for discussion and the scope of change possible.


We engage with people who have a range of views and perspectives that reflect the diversity within Canada. We reduce barriers to participation, whether physical, cultural, geographical, linguistic, digital, or other. We offer a variety of channels and methods through which to engage.


We commit to sharing what we hear from participants. We explain our decisions including how input was used.


We commit to learning and adapting our approaches. We promote a culture of engagement, consultation, and collaboration across the public service. We build on our successes, learn from our failures, and share our experiences.

Get involved

There are several different opportunities to work with us in support of the Summit.

Speaking Opportunities
Logo visibility in main plenary
Logo visibility during sessions Medium Small
Branded networking space
Booth in designated area
Logo in Summit digital materials Large Medium Small
Acknowledgement during open/closing ceremonies
Branded products in welcome package 4 3 2 1
Branded hospitality products
Logo placement on sponsored tables

Let’s do this!

Sounds like something you want to be a part of?

If yes, complete and submit your Expression of Interest Form. We will get in touch with you to start your journey on getting involved with the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2019.

Expression of interest form

Thank you for your expressed interest in the Open Government Partnership 2019 Global Summit! All Expressions of Interest must be submitted through the form below or sent to: In the spirit of being open and transparent, the Government of Canada will publicly release sponsorship information.

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