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AbD in Action

Below are examples from public, private and non-profit organizations that demonstrate a commitment to Access by Design (AbD) – beginning with the First Principle of being Proactive, Not Reactive. These services do not require the user to file a formal request for information but rather, present a wide range of information and data in user-friendly formats by default, thus embedding access into their design. These organizations have embraced the essence of AbD by making access truly accessible.

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Ontario Provincial Public Institutions

Ontario Municipal Public Institutions

Public Institutions Across Canada

International Institutions

Private Sector and Non-Government Organizations


Government of Ontario (Travel and Hospitality Expenses)

This website provides regular updates on the travel, meal and hospitality expense claims of cabinet ministers, parliamentary assistants, political staff, government appointees and senior management in ministries.

Ontario Ministry of the Environment (Data Downloads)

This site provides a multitude of data downloads encompassing a wide ranging variety of subjects and topics from Air Quality data to Hazardous Waste.

Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Working with all levels of government, Ontario is building and updating roads, community centres, rinks, transit and more. This website tracks infrastructure projects underway in communities across the province.

Ontario Directory of Records

The Directory of Records describes Ontario Government ministries and agencies covered by FIPPA, the types of records maintained by these institutions and the telephone number and address of each institution's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Coordinator.

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

This site offers resources and guidance materials that help with land use planning application, background studies, access planning application forms, general land use planning information, related legislation, provincial plans, tools, guides, technical manuals and more.

Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

This site allows you to search mining claim information within the province. It also provides the ability to download map plots, land-related information, and vector data in the form of shape files. The information within this site is updated on a regular basis.


City of Toronto (Open Data)

This site is an initiative put forward by the City of Toronto to provide default data to the public including information on Festivals and Events, Licensed Child Care Centers, Priority Investment Neighbourhoods, crime data, homelessness data, city budget, and councilor's expenses, and more.

City of Toronto-Statutory Accountability Requirements

The City of Toronto Act, 2006 established four mandatory functions including the Auditor General, Integrity Commissioner, Lobbyist Registry and authority to appoint a Lobbyist Registrar, and an Ombudsman. To meet its statutory obligations, City Council established a lobbyist registry and appointed a Lobbyist Registrar in 2007 and an Ombudsman in 2008.

City of Toronto-Salaries and Benefits

This site offers data regarding the salaries, budgets and operating expenses for all elected officials of the City.

City of Toronto – Bylaw Investigations

This is a website from the City of Toronto that makes it possible to do a search based on addresses and get some basic information on any bylaw investigations that may have been carried out at that location.

City of London

The purpose of the Open Data London initiative is to remove barriers to accessing information created or managed by city institutions.

City of Mississauga

This website contains urban planning related reports, newsletters, brochures and data. The Information Planning Research Unit manages statistical data including: population, demographics, census, development monitoring/activity, growth forecasts, housing, employment, office, land use, vacant employment lands, and the environment.

City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is providing public access to its data. Entrepreneurs, academics, policy-makers and community organizations are just a few of the groups that will benefit from the available.

City of Peterborough

This website offers data on travel and hospitality expenses and reimbursement for all elected officials of the City.

Peel Region

This site offers a wide range of socio-economic and planning data on Peel Region.

City of Vaughan

This site offers expenditure reports on elected officials of the City of Vaughn.

City of Windsor – Open Data

This website provides a multitude of municipal related statistics and citizens are encouraged to use or re-purpose the data for research purposes or to improve their interaction with municipal services and facilities. Members of the community can use the raw data provided here to create and share resources from maps to applications and more.


City of Calgary

The City of Calgary’s pilot Public Data Catalogue (PDC) initiative provides a means of increasing public access to data and supporting not only transparency in government, but also innovation and reuse of the data by citizens and community based organizations. Data provided here is available in a number of formats and currently is primarily geospatial in nature.

City of Edmonton

As part of an initiative to improve the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of city government, this catalogue provides information on city administration, educational institutions, demographics, events, facilities and structures, public works and transportation.

City of Nanaimo

The City of Nanaimo is dedicated to making data available to the public from building permit and business licence searches, to geographic information in CityMap and Google Earth, through to fire incident reporting and more.

City of Vancouver

This website offers numerous datasets including information on parks and recreation, business licence data, food vendor data, geographical data and more.

Government of Canada – Open Data Pilot Project

The Open Data Pilot Project is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to open government, which is being pursued along three streams: open data, open information and open dialogue, and aims to drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians. This website allows the public to find, download and use Government of Canada data.

Natural Resources Canada – GeoGratis

GeoGratis is a portal provided by the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) which provides geospatial data at no cost and without restrictions. Data includes geographic maps, overlay of vector layers and digital elevation models. The geospatial data are grouped in collections and are compatible with the most popular geographic information systems (GIS), with image analysis systems and the graphics applications of editing software.

Government of British Columbia – Ministry of the Environment

The site supplies information such as traffic and mineral resources, information on highway construction projects, as well as data and images banked in the 'Integrated Land and Resource Registry', which gives detailed information about all areas of the province.


United Kingdom

This website offers data and datasets from information of the government of the United Kingdom on a wide-ranging number of topics and subjects. There are currently over 4,600 datasets available, from all central government departments and a number of other public sector bodies and local authorities.

United States

This site offers a wide variety of data from all levels of government including crime statistics by neighborhood to the best towns to find a job to seeing the environmental health of a community. is leading the way in democratizing public sector data and driving innovation. The data is being surfaced from many locations making the Government data stores available to researchers to perform their own analysis.

City of Toronto-Salaries and Benefits

This site offers data regarding the salaries, budgets and operating expenses for all elected officials of the City.


Open Data Links

This site is run by, a Canadian non-profit that promotes online tools for government transparency.

Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for citizens. They are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, redefining “public” information as meaning “online,” and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.

Open Data London, Ontario

This site is intended to foster an innovative community of citizens that leverage open data in new ways to benefit the citizens of London, Ontario. Some applications have been developed and deployed for public use: one that made public transit information available on BlackBerry devices and one that mashed up restaurant inspection data with Google Maps.

Open Data British Columbia

This site offers various datasets using information from the government of British Columbia in addition to providing links to other sites promoting open data and transparency.

CIC-Google Government Documents Project

The libraries of the CIC universities have partnered with Google to digitize a comprehensive collection of U.S. Federal Documents. It is believed this collection will comprise between 1 and 1.5 million volumes. Digital facsimiles of successfully scanned Federal Documents from CIC institutions will be accessible through Google Book Search, with copies also being returned to the HathiTrust Digital Repository, where public domain material can be universally accessed.

Visible Government in Canada ( is a Canadian non-profit that promotes online tools for government transparency.

Citizen Led Beta for Open Government in Canada

This site promotes an open and innovative platform that can demonstrate to government how they should share data and show citizens which Federal Ministries are striving to share data and be transparent.

Wikipedia – Open Data in Canada

This Wikipedia page offers an overview of various Open Data initiatives across Canada.

Wikipedia - Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

This Wikipedia page features an overview of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

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