Columbia Cafe Series

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You are invited to the upcoming Columbia Cafe: Canada Infrastructure Bank and The Public's Right to Know
In September, Columbia Institute released a new report, Canada Infrastructure Bank and the Public’s Right to Know, that examines the proposed Bank, and government legislation that restricts public access to information. The report highlights concerns expressed by information commissioners and includes examples of how the Canadian government can do better.

The federal government is ready to invest $35 billion in public funding to create a new Infrastructure Bank intended to attract private investors for public projects. At the same time, in June, government passed legislation that would reduce the public’s access to information about the Bank.

The report found that in recent years, a number of Canada’s Information Commissioners have been raising concerns about transparency  particularly when public services and infrastructure projects are delivered by private corporations.

As governments increasingly turn to public-private partnerships for the delivery of services, proprietary information, trade secrets, and competition are cited as rationales for secrecy with these private contractors.

Rreedom of Information requests to government are often denied, delayed or redacted. This erodes the transparency and accountability needed for the functioning of a healthy democracy. 

The report also identifies three recommendations to government that would improve transparency in the private delivery of public services.

Join report author, Keith Reynolds and Columbia Institute staff at this one-hour Columbia Cafe to learn more about this important issue.
When: Tuesday, October 17th 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Where: People's Law School, 150 – 900 Howe Street, Vancouver

This event will also be live streamed on Columbia’s Facebook page here:

Free registration here:

(seating is limited so please register in advance) or call 604-695-2039

Read the report here:

Read the September 25th op ed in the Ottawa Citizen here:

Please see attachments below.

Columbia Cafe October 2017.JPG71.46 KB
Columbia Cafe Poster CIB Report.pdf265.09 KB