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NEWS RELEASE · 19th July 2011
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government

With a new, citizen-focused government website, release of open datasets and proactive posting of freedom of information requests and government expenses, B.C. has become a national leader in open government, said Premier Christy Clark.

"We are changing our approach to governing by putting citizens at the centre of our web services and making government data and information more freely available," said Premier Clark. "Open government is about sharing information and giving British Columbians more opportunities to
participate in decisions that make a difference in their lives."

The B.C. government website, www.gov.bc.ca, has been redesigned to focus on frequently used services, making it easier for families and businesses to find the services they are looking for. The website features DataBC, a new open data site, and Open Information, an information release site as part of government's commitment to be more connected, open and responsive.

B.C. is the first provincial government to create a site like DataBC www.data.gov.bc.ca - a catalogue of nearly 2,500 sets of data that, overtime, will increase as new datasets become available. This data is free, searchable and available for anyone to use and repurpose.

A broad range of datasets are available, such as birth rates, carbon emissions statistics and information on schools. Opening up this information will help people make informed decisions, conduct research, analyze statistics and develop applications.

Also beginning today, the B.C. government will proactively release information requested through Freedom of Information (FOI). Information released through the FOI process will be posted on the new Open Information website www.openinfo.gov.bc.ca at least 72 hours and up to a maximum of five days after being released to the applicant.

Ministers' and deputy ministers' travel expenses will also be posted monthly to the Open Information website as these are items regularly requested and released through the FOI process.

To support these changes, the Premier and Members of the Executive Council have issued a direction to all ministries that outline how government will continue to build on its commitments.

"Together, these websites and the work behind them are an integral and necessary part of government delivering on our commitment to be more open and accessible," said Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government
Minister Stephanie Cadieux. "With today's announcement we become national leaders and I assure you there's more to come."

To learn more, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca
Too late - too long and phony
Comment by Dave on 21st July 2011
Dear Ms. Clark - all your change of party direction and your families first doesn't hold water with the real people of BC - CALL THE ELECTION and fire your PR people. That's the only way to gauge the what the majority of the taxpayers and those at the bottom end of the ladder really feel about the treatment we've received since "your" party took office with a surplus in the bank that you manipulated to look like a deficit and then progressed to blow it all away and blame the past administrations.
Ever watch the old movie - the High and Mighty??