Canada’s Multi-stakeholder Forum on Open Government

Every two years, Canada and the more than 75 other members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) are required to develop action plans outlining their openness and other commitments over the upcoming two years. Canada’s first four plans contained commitments aimed at improving access to information, civic participation and public accountability. The OGP requires members to engage in public consultation in preparing and implementing its plan.

In 2018, the Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) was established as a collaborative platform through which government and civil society, as partners, could co-create the action plan and then oversee implementation. The Forum strives to serve to strengthen dialogue between the Canadian government and civil society in support of a more open and transparent government in addition to its role developing the national action plan. The membership serves on rolling terms. We are currently looking for five new members to join the Forum.

You can learn more about the Multi-Stakeholder Forum by looking at the Terms of Reference.


Stakeholder candidates for the Forum must be able to:

  • Engage strategically at the national federal government level, exercising good judgment and engaging effectively with senior government officials and civil society members
  • Canvas and represent the concerns and interests of the Canadian civil society community
  • Champion and articulate core open government ideas and values on the national stage, particularly to protect and promote the engagement of civil society
  • Participate in and add demonstrable value to in-person and virtual Forum meetings and to the working groups of which they are a member
  • Powerfully and clearly articulate open government issues, and effectively promote open government to the Canadian civil society community
  • Ability to dedicate a minimum of day a month to the Forum, with intensity increasing around Forum meetings
  • Stakeholder candidates must not be public servants.

Stakeholder candidates should also highlight their experience in civil society with demonstrable experience and expertise in open government issues as well as a forum where their knowledge and expertise are exchanged:

  • Long-term experience in civil society and/or a grounding in national, regional or international civil society networks
  • Demonstrable civil society and/or academic experience, expertise and fora to communicate that expertise nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Experience in at least one area of the Open Government Partnership Declaration (transparency, participation, accountability)
  • Knowledge in topics such as e-government, digital government, open data and public policy formulation

Stakeholder candidates should have the following qualities:

  • Ability to live up to open government principles by practicing high levels of openness, integrity and accountability (e.g. disclosure of annual plans, budgets, audited accounts)
  • Possess skills that can advance a civil society agenda in the context of current open government challenges
  • Be a thoughtful, good listener, and well-respected within the national or international civil society or policy communities

Stakeholder members can live anywhere in Canada.

We welcome new members who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist the MSF to expand its capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. The MSF values and prioritizes diversity as it is understood that a range of experiences and perspectives enriches its work and strengthens its ability to address complex and systemic challenges.

Submission Process

Submissions must include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (max 4 pages)
  • A cover letter explaining your:
    • motivation for joining,
    • open government experience and skills,
    • demonstrated track record in international or national level leadership, communications and strategy (max 2/4 pages)
    • ideas, plans and communities you might bring to the MSF
  • References may be requested at a later time

A Selection Committee has been established by the current MSF. This Selection Committee will review the nominations, short-list candidates for interview, and select the new members.

The deadline is January 25, 2022. We anticipate virtual interviews taking place in February. It is anticipated that new members will take up their roles in February 2022.

Please send your applications to:

Response Deadline

January 25, 2022


January 13, 2022 - January 25, 2022

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Canada’s Multi-stakeholder Forum


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