Access to information: CBC/Radio-Canada gets an A grade from the Information Commissioner

December 3, 2015

Today and for the third year in a row, Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has awarded CBC/Radio-Canada with an “A” grade for its Access to Information practices, the highest grade possible.

We are pleased to see that this report recognizes our continued timely response rate and commends our practice of proactively posting released records of general interest on our website:

“While institutions are now required to publish monthly summaries of the completed Access to information requests, CBC has brought this approach to another level by providing all responsive records to requests of general interest directly on its website.”
(Report of the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada on CBC/Radio-Canada, December 3, 2015)

To our knowledge, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only institution subject to the ATIA that proactively releases information of general interest online and that has done so for more than five years.

With reference to CBC/Radio-Canada’s overall performance, we have released 149 562 pages to date and we have answered 2070 requests.

This “A” grade is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability. We will continue to make access to information a top priority across the Corporation.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s strategy to transform the public broadcaster, and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians, now and for future generations. Through to 2020, the Corporation will increase its investment in prime-time television programming and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

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