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Right to Know Week 2021

September 28, 2021 is International Right to Know Day. International Right to Know Day is celebrating its 19th anniversary. It had its start in 2002, at a meeting of international access advocates in Sofia, Bulgaria. They proposed that the date be dedicated to the promotion of access to information worldwide.

The goal of Right to Know Day is to raise global awareness of individuals' right to access government information and to promote access to information as a fundamental right. Right to Know Day has grown since 2002 and is celebrated around the world in over 40 nations. Over 80 countries have access to information legislation and more countries are in the process of developing such laws.

Click here to find out more about Right to Know Day internationally.

This year, Right to Know Week in Canada will be celebrated from September 27 - October 3, 2021. This year marks the 16th year Canadians have celebrated Right to Know Week. There will be various activities across Canada at the provincial, territorial and federal levels during that week. Follow the hashtag #RTK2021 to keep up to date on activities happening across the country.  More information about Right to Know Week in Canada is also available on the Information Commissioner of Canada's Right to Know Week website page.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia is participating in this worldwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of the right to access information, with a local focus on what it means to those living and working in Nova Scotia. The Information and Privacy Commissioner has invited the Province of Nova Scotia and all municipalities of Nova Scotia to issue a Proclamation designating September 27 - October 3, 2021 as Nova Scotia's Right to Know Week in their respective jurisdictions.

Municipal Proclamations:

Municipality of the County of Pictou

Village of St. Peter's

Municipality of the County of Annapolis

Municipality of the County of Kings

Halifax Regional Municipality

Town of Middleton

Town of Stellarton

Town of Bridgewater

Municipality of Colchester

Town of Amherst


Right to Know Week 2020

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner will be participating in the Public Service Information Community Connection's (PSICC) upcoming Right to Know Week Virtual Celebration starting September 28, 2020. This week-long virtual event is a collaborative effort between the PSICC and Canada's access to information and privacy oversight bodies.

The Right to Know Week Virtual Celebration is a virtual conference dedicated to discussing the most current and pressing issues about access to information in Canada and the importance of maintaining the principles of "Right to Know" in our democracy. The conference will include:

  • A mixture of keynote speakers and plenary panels;
  • A choice of several concurrent sessions;
  • Facilitated Q&A's with presenters;
  • Networking opportunities with fellow attendees;
  • Resources you can count on after the fact.

Check out the speakers, including Tricia Ralph, Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner, and other details about the conference here. The first day, September 28, 2020, is free and open to the public! Register today!

September 28, 2020:  The International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) has issued a statement on International Day for Universal Access to Information. Read the statement here: ICIC Statement on UDUAI.

Right to Know Week 2019

In case you missed our Right to Know Week event in 2019, you can watch the engaging panel discussion here:  Democracy in Action: The Future of Your Right to Know.

See how the provincial government's published access to information numbers are trending over time: NS Access to Information Trends