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Right to Know Week 2023

September 28, 2023 is International Right to Know Day. International Right to Know Day is celebrating its 21st 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 25 - October 1, 2023. This year marks the 18th 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 #RTK2023 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 in Nova Scotia to issue a Proclamation designating September 25 - October 1, 2023 as Nova Scotia's Right to Know Week in their respective jurisdictions. 

Provincial Proclamation:

Province of Nova Scotia

Municipal Proclamations:

Municipality of the County of Pictou

Municipality of the District of Guysborough

Municipality of the County of Kings

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Municipality of the District of Chester