Government Information in Canada/Information gouvernementale au Canada, Number/Numéro 17 (March 1999)

A Forum
on the Freedom of Information Project


In the fall of 1997, the Canadian Newspaper Asslociation asked the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston to make a comprehensive study of Canada's freedom of information (FOI) laws. The result was Limited Access: Assessing the Health of Canada's Freedom of Information Laws by Prof. Alasdair Roberts.

Limited Access is a landmark study, reviewing the state of Canada's FOI legislation over the nearly 20 years since the first such Canadian legislation, the federal Access to Information Act and Privacy Act of 1982.

We are pleased to dedicate this issue of Government Information in Canada to a forum for discussion of the Roberts report. We also hope that it will stimulate continuing discussion of this important issue.