Canada Launches Next Generation Open Data Portal

Surrey, B.C., June 18, 2013 — Jason  Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism,  participated in today’s launch of the Government of Canada’s much-anticipated  next-generation Open Data Portal (data.gc.ca), which will provide unprecedented  access to government data and information.

The new Open Data Portal is a remarkable tool that  enables Canadians to easily access important information about immigration to Canada, and use  this information to spur innovation and economic growth,” said Minister Kenney.  “I encourage all Canadians to visit our datasets if they have not yet done so  as the information is useful and relevant, and there is great potential for its  use.

Immigration data  is already the most sought information on the Open Data Portal. In fact, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has the six most  downloaded datasets on the Portal. These datasets include information about Canada’s  immigrants’ countries of origin, preferred immigration programs, settlement  patterns as well as application inventories and processing times.

As Minister  Kenney highlighted the importance of making immigration data available to  Canadians, Prime Minister Harper promoted an international Open Data Charter of  Principles at the G-8 Leaders Summit in Northern Ireland. The Charter  commits Canada  to the release of more data via a comprehensive online registry of data  holdings, and to giving users unrestricted rights to re-use that data. The  Charter also sets standards for data quality, interoperability, and  comparability, and prioritizes high-value data types for early release. In each  case, Canada’s  current and planned Open Data practices exceed or meet the requirements of the  Charter. By upholding these  principles, Canada  is demonstrating its international commitment to transparency and Open  Government.

Data.gc.ca contains datasets compiled by over 20 departments and agencies, covering a broad  range of topics, from housing, to health and environmental data. Some of the  most popular datasets include: statistics on wait time for permanent residency  status, wait times at border crossings and information about soldiers in World  War I.

The next generation data.gc.ca site features new  interactive capabilities and Web 2.0 features, including a new targeted search  capabilities and a  Developers Corner, where Open Data developers can access specific technical  information to assist them in creating user-friendly applications. The  Portal also features the new Open Government Licence, which offers unrestricted re-use of government data and information.

As CIC datasets on the Open Data Portal are already  the six most popular among government departments, CIC intends to make even  more of information available online in the near future