The right of access to information is an important human right, and one that is entrenched in legislation in many countries including Canada. Access to Information is a fundamental component that is necessary for the enjoyment of other human rights and democratic freedoms.
The right to information is essential for transparent and accountable government. The right of access to information makes possible the public involvement in formulating social policies and in the decision-making processes of governance.
Exercising one’s right to gain access to information held by governments, public bodies, and corporations is essential for transparency, holding governments and corporations to account, understanding how public policy is formulated, and how tax dollars are spent, by whom, and for what purposes.
The right to information can only be effectively exercised and implemented on the basis of effective and enforced access to information laws, and regulating this right in accordance with international standards.
International Right to Know Day, September 28, has evolved to become a week-long celebration and recognition of the importance of having and exercising a Right to Know. In 2023, Right to Know Week is September 25 to October 1, will be recognized by countries around the world.