Newspapers Canada has been actively concerned with the state of Freedom of Information in Canada since 1997. Reporters and editors with experience in FOI had long complained of governments restricting information despite legislative guarantees of access.

In order to assess the seriousness of the problem, the Canadian Newspaper Association initiated an annual FOI audit in 2005. The purpose of the national survey is to gather objective information on the health of Canada’s access to information regimes and test how readily officials disclose information that should be publicly available on request.

Newspapers Canada will release its seventh annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Audit and related materials during Canadian Right to Know Week, taking place September 24- 28, 2012.

For questions regarding Freedom of Information, please contact contact John Hinds, Newspapers Canada CEO, at 416-923-3567 ext 244 or