ATI Requests Received in February

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca

Tech Lobby News

[LOBBYING] 2023 Tech Lobby Annual Report (The Tech Lobby Project)

[LOBBYING] Poilievre denounces lobbyists, but still has meetings with them; Had 26 chats in past 12 months; Singh had 29 (National Post)

[LOBBYING] If Pierre Poilievre really hates lobbyists now, maybe he should talk to Justin Trudeau (The Toronto Star)

[LOBBYING] ‘Useless and overpaid’ lobbyists sure are keeping Pierre Poilievre’s calendar busy (The Globe and Mail)

[LOBBYING] Why aren’t pension funds investing more in Canada? Maybe Canada isn’t investible enough; In its 2024 budget, the federal government said it would look at ways of incentivizing pension funds to invest more domestically, after lobbying by business leaders (The Globe and Mail)

Received in February 2024

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ATI Request

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The document includes a memo for Paul Thompson’s meeting with Google, Npower and Summa Strategies. The objective of the meeting is to learn about Google’s forthcoming, multi-years skills investments in Canada. In addition, to better understand Google and NPower’s engagement in Canada’s talent development ecosystem and the potential for partnership. There are additional emails including more information   regarding their offerings.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00991 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #507585 Involving Paul Thompson, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Google Canada Corporation on May 18, 2021.” (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ATI Re-Requests 

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The document includes a calendar note for a meeting with incoming CEO of Bell on December 19, 2019.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00056 I Would like Metadata Information for CRTC Chair Ian Scott’s Calendar Entry for His Dec. 19, 2019 Meeting with Bell, Supplied by the CRTC in a Previous ATIP A-2021-00018, Showing When the Calendar Entry Was Created. I’m Looking for the Information Underlying the Calendar Entry in Question, Specifically the Date and Time That the Entry Was Created Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several emails between CRTC staff regarding an issue item however, the details of these meetings and emails have been redacted.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00096 Copy of A-2020-00096: Records Related to Correspondance between Representatives from the CRTC and Representatives from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T between January 1, 2021 and March 25, 2021 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange between CRTC staff and a SpaceX representative regarding a recent presentation on the Starlink project in Canada.    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00008 A-2021-00008: All Records Related to Communications with Representatives from Any of Telesat, SES, and SpaceX in March 2021 and April 2021. Federal Lobby Records Show Ian Scott Communicated with Telesat on March 29, 2021. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes numerous calendar events regarding phone calls and meetings between Peter Johnson (Shaw Communications) and Ian Scott (CRTC) from 2017-2020. The events include the following: a meeting with Jim Patrick, Peter Johnson with Ian Scott and the meeting is categorized as stakeholders ext on October 05, 2017. A scheduled call with Peter Johnson and Ian Scott on January 29, 2018. An addition meeting with Peter Johnson and Ian Scott on May 09, 2018. An additional call between Peter Johnson (Shaw) and Ian Scott on July 03, 2018. Meet and greet with Shaw and the CRTC on January 31, 2019. Meeting with Peter Johnson (Shaw Communications), Paul McAleese (Freedom Mobile) and Marie-Soleil and Marie-Claude Morin (CRTC).   A call with Brad Shaw and Ian Scott on August 05, 2019. The records include a call on September 01, 2020, between Peter Johnson and Ian Scott, another call on April 14, 2020, and July 29, 2020.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00019 Copy of A-2021-00019: Information (Venue, Participants, Agendas, Minutes) on Shaw Meetings and Communications with CRTC Chair Ian Scott That Took Place on Eleven Specified Dates between October 5, 2017 and March 14, 2021. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes several scheduling details for the DM Cyber Committee on April 8, 2019. In addition, several calendar events of other meetings and appointments from 2019-2021.        Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00019 Copy of A-2021-00079: Records of CRTC Chair Ian Scott’s Calendar/Agenda Showing All Meetings, Appointments, Etc., Which Were Disclosed in File A-2021-00055, from the Beginning of His Term in September 2017 to the Current Date June 3, 2022. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes the name of individuals who participated in the CRTC’s Interchange Canada Program for each fiscal year.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00030 Copy of A-2021-00030: Names of Individuals Who Participated in the CRTC’s Interchange Canada Program for Each CRTC Fiscal Year Beginning in Fiscal Year 2006-2007 to Year 2020-2021 and the Positions(s) They Held at the CRTC, along with the Positions They Held Immediately before Holding Those Position(s) and the Name of Their Employer. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum to the Chairperson and CEO regarding the CRTC Anti-Racism and Antidiscrimination Report and Implementation. The document is seeking approval for the proposed ARAD Action Plan Implementation Strategy.    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00008 Copy of A-2022-00008: Document #859595 Entitled CRTC Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Report and Implementation. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a calendar note for a meeting scheduled between Ian Scott (CRTC) and Eros Spadotto and Johanne Senecal from Telus.      Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00020 Copy of A-2021-00020: Information (Venue, Participants, Agendas, Minutes) Regarding Telus Communications and Meetings with CRTC Chair Ian Scott Held on April 27, 2018. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a calendar note for Ian Scott’s meeting with George Cope & Mirko Bibic from Bell Canada    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00022 Copy of A-2021-00022: Information (Venue, Participants, Agendas, Minutes) Regarding BCE/Bell Canada Communications and Meetings with CRTC Chair Ian Scott Held on Three Specified Dates between November 30, 2017 and December 19, 2019. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memo to CRTC staff regarding the proposed legislation Bill C-10 to modernize the Broadcasting Act. The email details a set of next steps for the department: creating nine working groups regarding data collection, ownership/registration/transactions, contribution framework, updated Cancon certification and regulatory support, regulatory obligations/regulatory obligations from old to new system, operational change management/business transformation, AMPs and compliance activities, inclusion and communicating changes.      Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00073 Copy of A-2021-00073: On May 18, 2022 the CRTC Appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, and the CRTC’s Chairperson Said, “I Have Had More than 100 Staff Working in a Series of Working Groups for Well over a Year to Prepare”, for the Implementation of Bill C-11. Please Provide a) the Precise Number of Working Groups; b) a List of the Working Groups Showing for Each Group, the Main Topic or Subject of Their Work; c) for Each Working Group, a List of the Studies That the CRTC’s Staff Has Itself Undertaken or Commissioned from Outside Parties with Respect to Its Work; d) the Date by Which Each Working Group Is Supposed to Complete Its Work; and e) the Name of the CRTC Commissioner, If Any, to Which Each Working Group Reports. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memo to CRTC staff regarding the proposed legislation Bill C-10 to modernize the Broadcasting Act. The email details a set of next steps for the department: creating nine working groups regarding data collection, ownership/registration/transactions, contribution framework, updated Cancon certification and regulatory support, regulatory obligations/regulatory obligations from old to new system, operational change management/business transformation, AMPs and compliance activities, inclusion and communicating changes.    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00074 Copy of A-2021-00074: On May 18, 2022 the CRTC’s Chairperson Stated to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage That More than One Hundred CRTC Staff Were Assigned to Working Groups to Prepare for the Enactment of Bill C-11 and Possibly Its Predecessor, Bill C-10. Please Provide a Copy of Any Documents That a) Assigned a Mandate or Mission to These Working Groups; and/or b) Provided Directions or Any Guidance to These Working Groups. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes internal communications regarding the CRTC’s new approach to ensure a greater recognition of Indigenous Peoples within the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review. The final report includes 97 recommendations to modernize Canada’s communication and to ensure better representation for Indigenous Peoples and languages within this framework. The document also includes a set of tweets and Facebook posts referencing the BTLR and the CRTC totaling 130 comments and more.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00048 Copy of A-2019-00048: Documents Regarding the Final Report by the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel Released on January 29, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request, 2019, http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange about digital wireless coverage in Canada and the report by the Boston Consulting Group. In addition, the BCG report is enclosed titled: International Comparisons of Broadband Competition, Pricing, Performance and Regulatory Models.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00033 Copy of A-2019-00033: All Records Pertaining to the December 2019 Report Regarding How a Decrease in Wireless Revenues Would Hurt the Deployment of 5G in Canada Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several emails between Public Service and CRTC regarding the 9-1-1 Manager for Emergency Service Working Group. The CRTC held a meeting with Apple and deduced that a mobile provider is not needed but mobile signal is required to dial 9-1-1. Apple Canada Inc. senior representative has also emailed Étienne Robelin (CRTC) to request a meeting and in the subject, they’ve outlined their offerings: hybridized emergency location estimation technology, and the location transport technologies that can be used to transmit information to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in Canada and also to Text-to-9-1-1 and Wireless Alerting.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00036 Copy of A-2019-00036: Any and All Communications, Including Emails, Letters, Briefing Notes, Meeting Minutes, Regarding and Including a Meeting(s) with Apple Inc. and the CRTC in September 2019. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an attachment from Rogers detailing how to keep Canadians connected during the pandemic.    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00051 Copy of A-2019-00051: All Records between CRTC and Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Telus, Shaw Communications, and TekSavvyand Related to COVID-19 Virus from March 1, 2020 to Present. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request, 2019, http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a report for the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission regarding an application under the Telecommunication Act by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. The application is regarding the pandemic contact tracing at the application and network level.    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00008 From March 1, 2020 to Present (May 26, 2020), All Documentation Regarding the Development and Implementation of Smart Phone Contact Tracing as Location Data for Public Health Tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Including Options for Consumer Consent. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several emails, memos, and meeting notes from different telecom companies such as Bell Canada and Teksavvy on their procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00001 Copy of A-2020-00001: All Communications Including but Not Limited to Emails and Meeting Agendas and Meeting Notes, with Canadian Telecom Companies or Their Representatives Regarding COVID-19 or the Effects of COVID-19, from Jan. 1, 2020 to April 15, 2020 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes emails that discuss the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Shaw, Rogers, and Bell’s business. The CRTC was interested in understanding how the pandemic has impacted the broadcasting industry.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00006 Copy of A-2020-00006: All Documents between CRTC and Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Telus, Shaw Communications, and TekSavvy Regarding the COVID-19 Virus between March 16 2020 and May 6, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document outlines that there is a meeting between Mr. Ian Scott with a member from Netflix. The details of the meeting have been redacted.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00014 Copy of A-2020-00014: All Documents for Meetings Involving Netflix Lobbyists and Various CRTC Chairpersons and Commissioners: Date+D12 Range from 2011 to 2020 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

ATI Requests Received in January

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca

Tech Lobby News

[LOBBYING] Pierre Poilievre’s top adviser, Jenni Byrne, not yet contacted in Lobbying Commissioner probe (The Globe and Mail)

[LOBBYING] Pierre Poilievre: Memo to corporate Canada – fire your lobbyist. Ignore politicians. Go to the people (National Post)

[ACCESS TO INFORMATION] Remembering CAIRS, the federal FOI database that was quietly shut down in 2008 (Secret Canada)

Received in January 2024

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ATI Re-Requests 

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Telus reached out to Pierre-Louis Pregent (CRTC) regarding the new CMF guidelines and their desire to discuss community programming opportunities. The document includes several emails discussing their programming efforts.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00028: Provide All Communications Sent to or from Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Telus and the CRTC Regarding COVID-19. Timeline: May 15, 2020 to Present (August 31, 2020). Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes an application submitted by Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)  to launch a public proceeding regarding pandemic contact-tracing by major Canadian telecommunications service providers. Their application was denied, and the summary of this judgement can be found on pg. 9.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00049: From May 26, 2020 to Present (November 24, 2020), All Documentation Regarding the Development and Implementation of Smart Phone Contact Tracing as Location Data for Public Health Tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis.Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several requests/tickets that include questions to the CRTC regarding French music language requirements. There are numerous requests all written in French.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00063: Obtain Information on Public Complaints Regarding Compliance with the French-Language Content Regulation, Namely the Nature of the Complaint, the Channel Concerned, the Date and the Province, for the Period from Jan. 1, 2000 to December 1, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes complaints from constituents to MPs regarding the rising cost of the Internet and the lack of competition in the telecommunication market. These requests/complaints were forwarded to the CRTC, and some complaints received a response. A number of these complaints came through during the pandemic during a time when ICT affordability was of great concern.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00074 All Communications Related to Telecom Coverage and Affordability between the CRTC Staff and Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Telus, Shaw Communications, and TekSavy. Timeline: January 1, 2021 to February 22, 2021 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange between the Director of Global Satellite Government Affairs (SpaceX) and the prospect of bringing the Starlink service to Canada. SpaceX filed a request for the Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) Licence.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A Copy of A-2020-00081: All Communication Records between the CRTC and SpaceX Concerning the Low Earth Orbit Satellites Approved by the Commission in 2020 Including the Word “Starlink” or “Telesat”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a calendar invite for a teleconference with CAB-CEO Radio Council and CRTC. The stakeholder meeting was organized by Ian Scott and the required attendees include Amy Hanley, Scott Shortliffe, Rachel Marleau, Peter Foster, Rod Schween, Michel Lorrain, Peter Miller. Marie Claude Morin was also invited to the meeting as an optional attendee. In addition, there was another meet and greet scheduled with Rogers’ CEO Joe Natale and Ian Scott.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00021 Information on Rogers Meetings and Communications with CRTC Chair Ian Scott on 5 Specified Dates between 2017 and 2021. Specifically: Venue of Each Meeting, Participants in Each Meeting, Agendas, Notes and/or Minutes from Each Meeting. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

ATI Requests Received in December

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca

Tech Lobby News

[LOBBYING] The Hill Times’ Top 100 Lobbyists in 2024: looming federal election and lingering virtual comms contribute to dynamic advocacy (The Hill Times)

[LOBBYING] NDP requests investigation of relationship between lobby firm and Poilievre’s adviser (The Globe and Mail)

[LOBBYING] Pierre Poilievre slams ‘useless’ corporate lobbyists in Ottawa who should expect no favours from him (National Post)

Received in December 2023

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ATI Re-Requests  

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The document includes an exchange between TELUS and Pierre-Louis Pregent (CRTC) regarding the new CMF guidelines and Telus’ desire to discuss community programming opportunities. In addition, some discussing surrounding Telecom and Broadcasting analysis and their performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00028: Provide All Communications Sent to or from Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, Telus and the CRTC Regarding COVID-19. Timeline: May 15, 2020 to Present (August 31, 2020). Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an application submitted by Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) regarding pandemic contact-tracing by major Canadian telecommunications service providers and the request to launch a public proceeding. Their application was denied, and the summary of this judgement can be found on pg. 9.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00049: From May 26, 2020 to Present (November 24, 2020), All Documentation Regarding the Development and Implementation of Smart Phone Contact Tracing as Location Data for Public Health Tracing during the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several requests/tickets, of complaints to the CRTC regarding French music language requirements. There are numerous requests all written in French.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00063: Obtain Information on Public Complaints Regarding Compliance with the French-Language Content Regulation, Namely the Nature of the Complaint, the Channel Concerned, the Date and the Province, for the Period from Jan. 1, 2000 to December 1, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Canadian Heritage ATI Re-Requests

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The document includes an email exchange between Canadian Heritage employees regarding Canadian Heritage’s position on cultural diversity, early recommendations, and a proposal for measuring cultural diversity in the broadcasting system. The release includes a deck outlining cultural diversity efforts such as a working group, broadcasting policy, current context, and policy issues.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-000280 From January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019, All Records That Mention “Netflix” (Disclosure for the Month of June). Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an information package for the CAVO information session: how to be Star CPTC Application June 2019. In addition, there are detailed meeting notes and minutes from the Banff World Media Festival. Furthermore, several articles about the APFC, Netflix, Telefilm Canada, regarding the Canada Media Fund launch of a professional development program in Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-000280 From January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019, All Records That Mention “Netflix” (Disclosure for the Month of June). Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an instant messenger conversation between Pietro Cimino and a government official about the EU’s approach to media regulation. The chat includes several comments on how to refine their deck for the Canada-EU Digital Dialogue presentation. The package also includes an information note for the Honourable Steven Guilbeault regarding the competition bureau investigations into anti-competitive behaviour on the part of digital platforms.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00281_pt1.Pdf From October 1, 2019 to October 19, 2020, All Records Regarding Canadian Heritage’s Plans to Impose Fees to Social Media. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes handwritten notes from a call with Kathy regarding EU dialogues for the Oct/Nov delegation in Belgium 2019.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00281 From October 1, 2019 to October 19, 2020, All Records Regarding Canadian Heritage’s Plans to Impose Fees to Social Media. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several discussion papers and reports. For instance, there is a discussion paper by Taylor Owen titled Six Observations on Securing the Integrity of the Digital Public Sphere. The paper was prepared for the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.  In addition, there is another report by Philip M. Napoli titled Diversity of Content in the Digital Age: Discoverability of Diverse Local, Regional and National Content. Furthermore, a discussion paper by Dr. Fenwick McKelvey and Robert Hunt titled Algorithmic Accountability and Digital Content Discovery and two more additional papers.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00294 All Records Regarding the Research Project “5 Thought Leadership Papers on the Subject of Diversity of Content in the Online World”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several emails from Kevin Chan (Global Director and Head of Public Policy at Meta) regarding trademark policy and intentions on briefing the music team at Canadian Heritage before their upcoming launch of a music event. In the second half of the report, there is an email from Joanne Pitkin from Meta regarding their 2019 approach to electoral integrity. Attached is their report titled:  Facebook Canada Public Policy and Community Engagement Annual Report. In addition, there are notes from a roundtable working group that discussed diversity of content online.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00297 From January 1, 2020 to October 29, 2020, All Correspondence and Meeting Notes Concerning Facebook or Google. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange between Canadian Heritage employees regarding the Competition Bureau and anti-competitive behaviour and the digital economy. In addition, there file includes the draft and final copy of the information note for the Honourable Steven Guilbeault regarding anti-competitive inquiry of digital platforms. There is also an additional information note titled competition bureau investigations into anti-competitive behaviour on the part of digital platforms.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00297 From January 1, 2020 to October 29, 2020, All Correspondence and Meeting Notes Concerning Facebook or Google. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a table outlining the number of ATI requests received from April 1, 2020 – November 10, 2020. According to the table, Canadian Heritage has received 295 requests during this period, 186 were responded to within 30 days, 186 were delayed related to covid, and 1 required an extension.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00298 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01568: “Briefing Books for Transition”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum to Hélène Laurendeau requiring her decision to join a video conference with Mr. Roberto Viola of the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Union. It is recommended that Hélène join the conference with the ISED.  There is also a summary outlining the progress on the Canada-EU digital dialogues and upcoming commitments.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00307 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2020-00271: “Video Conference with Mr. Roberto Viola and Deputy Minister Simon Kennedy to Plan 2020 Canada-EU Digital Dialogues”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document is a memorandum to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault regarding a request to attend the Building Today for a Resilient Tomorrow (BTRT) conference. The conference is hosted by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Digital Citizen Initiative. The file also includes a progress update detailing the projects approved under the Digital Citizen Initiative.  Steven Guilbeault signed on March 02, 2020, that he would not be able to attend the event.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00310 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-01535: “Approval of New Digital Citizen Contributions Program Guidelines”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

ATI Requests Received in November

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca

Received in November 2023

Google Canada Corporation

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The document includes an email exchange between Colin McKay (head of public policy and government relations, Google Canada) and Simon Kennedy (Deputy Minister) for ISED regarding Karan Bhatia (Google VP and Global Head of Policy). Colin has informed Simon that Karan will be visiting Ottawa on May 5th and has asked if Simon would be able to meet with Google’s VP. Simon agreed to the meeting, scheduled for May 5th.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00977 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #534872 Involving Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Google Canada Corporation on May 05, 2022. ’ (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Elections Canada ATI Re-Requests Received

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The document details an official acknowledgment of a name change for a political party. The name of the party is the ‘People’s Party of Canada’ and in short form the name is ‘People’s Party’. The document includes additional information regarding the party name registration.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00077 Any Correspondence between the People’s Party of Canada and Elections Canada Officials Regarding the Party’s Privacy Policy. Timeframe: Dec. 13, 2018 to Present (March 5, 2021). Please Include Emails as Well as Letters. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Document includes a report on top stories (2020-02-03) for Elections Canada. Articles included under the following themes: political entities, government, electoral security, data privacy, provincial written by various Canadian news outlets. In addition, the document also includes a social media monitoring report for the period from December 19, 2019 – January 9, 2020. The social media report includes social media insights: views, comments, published perspectives on several posts. In addition, Elections Canada’s social media accounts volume and key topics. Email exchange regarding a complaint lodged against Rebel Media and Levant. There were several complaints regarding the article “The Rebel to Rabbie Review: Ezra Levant vs. Commissioner of Canada Elections”  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00087 Provide Copies of All Documents, Including Emails, Texts or Instant Messages, Memos, Briefing Notes, Media Lines, Reports, Notes, Etc., Making Any Mention of Ezra Levant and/or The Rebel/Rebel News, since August 1, 2019. Please Include Both Elections Canada and Commissioner of Canada Elections Records. Information Requested Would Be Related to This Article: Https://Nationalpost.Com/Opinion/Rex-Murphy-Ezra-Levant-Wrote-a-Book-Critical-of-the-Liberals-Now-Hes-Being-Investigated. Exclude Complaints from the Public. Don’t Have to Include Documents or Notes Stemming from a Complaint from the Public Such as, but Not Limited to, System Notes Indicating That a Complaint Has Been Received, Assessed, Closed, Etc. or Responses Sent to Complainant. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a social media analysis of posts and opinions on election issues. Ex, many concerns around the Dominion Voting System, even though Election Canada has clarified that they are not used here to count ballots many people believe that since the company is Canadian that it is being used. This is a contentious issue because many question the validity of the last election (2020). Additional social media analysis on the performance of Election Canada’s posts, articles on the Muslim Vote and Dominion Voting System.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00041 Please Provide a Copy of Any Emails and/or Briefing Notes to and from the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer Regarding Posts on Elections Canada’s Social Media Channels (i.e. Twitter Account) about the 2020 U.S. Election. Please Also Include Records Regarding Posts Responding to Posts from Other Users, Such as, but Not Limited to, Comments, Questions or Potential Misinformation. Timeframe Is Oct. 15, 2020 to November 17, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes a letter to the Prime Minister regarding the policy for the protection of personal information that is coming into force on April 1, 2019. More specifically, the Elections Modernization Act (Bill C-76).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A- 2020-00071 Any Correspondence between the Liberal Party of Canada and Elections Canada Officials Regarding the Party’s Privacy Policy. Timeframe: December 13, 2018, to Present. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a letter to Party Leader Jagmeet Singh regarding the policy for the protection of personal information that is coming into force on April 1, 2019. More specifically, the Elections Modernization Act (Bill C-76).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00072 Any Correspondence between the New Democratic Party of Canada and Elections Canada Officials Regarding the Party’s Privacy Policy. Timeframe: December 13, 2018, to Present. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a letter to the Honourable Andrew Scheer (Party Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada) regarding the policy for the protection of personal information that is coming into force on April 1, 2019. More specifically, the Elections Modernization Act (Bill C-76).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00073 Any Correspondence between the Conservative Party of Canada and Elections Canada Officials Regarding the Party’s Privacy Policy. Timeframe: December. 13, 2018, to Present. Updated Privacy Policy from the Conservative Party. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a letter to Party Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois) regarding the policy for the protection of personal information that is coming into force on April 1, 2019. More specifically, the Elections Modernization Act (Bill C-76).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00075 Any Correspondence between the Bloc Québécois and Elections Canada Officials Regarding the Party’s Privacy Policy. Timeframe: Dec. 13, 2018 to Present (March 5, 2021). Please Include Emails as Well as Letters. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a set of complaints that were sent to Elections Canada regarding immigration, privacy, spam calls and elections. Several of the complaints are regarding constituents’ private information used for canvasing (doorknocking, calls for support etc.) and whether the release of the contact list(s) breaks privacy law.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00076 Any Records, Including but Not Limited to Meeting Minutes, Briefing Notes, Memos and Correspondence, from Jan 1, 2019, to Oct. 21, 2019, Whose Content Is Related to Privacy Concerns and Complaints against Federal Political Parties. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The file includes preparatory documents for a Technical Meeting regarding data connection, reporting on election night, IT renewal and a testing schedule. In addition, a list of candidates that were given to the media consortium and the draft agenda. In addition, several report details in preparation for the election including zones, ED Code, OLE Count and more.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00016 Provide All Records Concerning the Provision of Election Data to Agents of the Canadian Press (CP), the Media Consortium, Dave Matthews or “Matthews Communications.” Please Include All Agreements, Contracts and Communications to and from Any of the Parties Regarding the Subject of the Provision of Election Result Data. Time Frame from 2011 to September 27, 2021. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a briefing note to the CEO from Anne Lawson (Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Regulatory Affairs) regarding the Electoral Integrity Framework. They were seeking approval for the Electoral Integrity Framework. Stephane Perrault signed and approved the framework  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00003 A Copy of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer’s Briefing Note Reference #2022-103853 (Electoral Integrity Framework). Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a briefing note to the CEO from Serge Caron regarding the Enterprise Data Service Project. The project needs the CEO to approve an initial funding request. They’ve proposed a new data structure to manage Elections Canada’s data more efficiently. The projected cost of the project is $1,062-000 over two years. Stephane Perrault approved the funding request. There is an additional briefing note to the CEO from Serge Caron regarding the Digital Transformation Temporary Additional Budget Request for the Digital Enterprise Transformation Branch (DETB). They estimate the need for additional funding amounting to $1,413,000 to complete the project. This request was also approved by Stephane Perrault.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00037 Please Provide the Following Briefing Notes from December 2021: * 2021-103552 — Digital Transformation Temporary Additional Budget Request * 2021-103484 — Cloud-Based Desktop Productivity Suite * 2021-103485 — Enterprise Data Service Project Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes a briefing note from Anne Lawson (Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Regulatory Affairs) to the CEO regarding the Electoral Integrity Framework. Lawson is seeking approval for the Electoral Integrity Framework. Stephane Perrault signed and approved the framework.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00007 Access to the Following Document: The Principles of Electoral Integrity, Reference Number 2022-103853. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Elections Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner ATI Re-Requests Received

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The document includes a letter from Capital One Canada regarding their privacy breach. This letter was sent out in response to complaints filed under PIPEDA. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has encouraged individuals to contact Capital One Privacy Officer first before contacting their office to pursue a complaint.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00243 All Documentation on Data Breaches or Privacy Breaches, That Have Led or Not Led to an Investigation, by Capital One and GitHub from January 1, 2010 to the Current Date. Please Limit This Request to Closed Investigation Files Only and Active/Closed Breaches Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a list consisting of all the names of federal departments and agencies that have had security breaches reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00034 List with All the Names of Federal Departments and Agencies That Have Had Security Breaches Reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes a copy of the Privacy Breach Report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on July 2020. The breach that occurred was executed by a hacker group called Distributed Denial of Secrets who published over 260 gigabytes of law enforcement data.  The type of personal information collected included: name, contact information, financial, medical, social insurance numbers, and personal banking information. This security breach impacted 123 individuals at the time of the report.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00048 A Copy of the Report Submitted by the RCMP and Reported by CBC as Providing Information about Canadians Affected by the Data Leak Called BlueLeaks and Subsequent Communication between OPCC and the RCMP Related to This Report, up until Sept. 28, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a list of complaints sent to PIPEDA from November 5, 2019 – October 15, 2020. Many of the descriptions are partially redacted.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00049 List of All PIPEDA Complaints Received from November 5, 2019 to October 15, 2020 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes a contract from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to Gross Gilroy Inc for an estimated commissioned cost of $66,812.81. There is also an additional package on the Summative Evaluation for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s (OPC) work to advance its Strategic Privacy Priorities. In addition, there is a staffing contract for an HR consultant from Altis.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00055 All ProServices Contracts Issued in the National Capital Region for the Months of July 2020, August 2020, & September 2020 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document consists of a memorandum to Steve Harroun, Chief Compliance & Enforcement Officer, Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Brent Homan, Deputy Commissioner Compliance, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and Josephine Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices, Competition Bureau (CV) from CASL Compliance and Enforcement Working Group (CEWG). The memo is regarding a proposed collaborative compliance action by the CRTC, OPC and the CB before the end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In addition, a letter from the OPC office to 10 webcam manufacturers in Canada and the United States, highlighting concerns related to internet connected cameras. The OPC urges them to ensure appropriate security measures to protect customers’ privacy. Lastly, a notice from the CB to video streaming services encouraging them to review their terms and conditions regarding marketing practices.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00062 I Request the Names of the 36 Mobile App Industry Companies That Received Warning Letters from the CRTC, OPC and Competition Bureau, Also Any Memos or Reports That Provided the Foundation for the Letters and Related Investigations. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Office of the Privacy Commissioner produced a contract for O/A LRO Staffing.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00067 All Temporary Help Services (THS) Supply Arrangement (SA) and Standing Offer (SO) Callups Issued in the National Capital Region for the Months October 2020, November 2020, & December 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a list of all data breaches reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by federal institutions: Feb. 15, 2019, to May 31, 2019 & Feb. 6, 2021 to Mar. 5, 2021  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00093 A List of All Data Breaches Reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by Federal Institutions: Feb. 15, 2019 to May 31, 2019 & Feb. 6, 2021 to Mar. 5, 2021 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a briefing note for the Sidewalk Labs Advisory Consultation. In addition, an email exchange between members of the OPC regarding Sidewalk Lab’s Designated Internal Collaboration and the technology, waterfront timelines, budget, recommendations and more.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00002 Records Pertaining to Sidewalk Labs LLC (Dec. 21, 2018 to June 1, 2020) Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memo written to the requester and they’ve found some information from Ci2 regarding the complaint against Bell Canada. The complaint stipulates that Bell Canada conducted unauthorized credit checks for the past 5 years. The office does not have records relating to “ongoing monitoring and reporting between OPC and Bell Canada that relate to unauthorized credit checks for the past 10 years”.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00008 Information Regarding Number Complaints against Bell Canada for the Last 5 Years (2016-2021) Regarding Unauthorized Credit Checks Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
According to the OPC, they received 8 complaints however, the document does not include any of the records relating to the unauthorized credit checks conducted by Bell Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00020 Number of Complaints against Bell Canada for 2011-2015 Regarding Unauthorized Credit Checks Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a briefing note about the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement that came into force in January 2021 for New Zealand and Singapore and is expected to be ratified by Chile in 2021. The trade agreement is unique because it focuses solely on digital trade issues.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00024 Provide a Copy of Briefing Note CTS-095831 Digital Economic Partnership Agreement Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a letter from the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding a Privacy Impact Assessment Report of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The document also includes the full report.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00026 All Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) within Which Mention Is Made of Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance (WAPS) or Wide-Area Motion Imagery (WAMI). WAPS and WAMI Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a spreadsheet of all breach reports from federal institutions that were attributed to malware, ransomware, social engineering, password attacks and other cyber threats.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00036 For the Time Frame of Jan 1, 2017 to Present [July 20,. 2021] Provide a Spreadsheet of All Breach Reports from Federal Institutions That Were Attributed to Malware, Ransomware, Social Engineering, Password Attacks and Other Cyber Threats. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a briefing note regarding this year’s Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) Conference. The agenda includes keynote speeches on human intervention in mass data process and vaccine passports, panel discussion on data protection and human rights in the context of mass surveillance by facial recognition.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2021-00076 Copy of BN CST-096013 Preparatory Briefing for the 43rd Global Privacy Assembly Closed Session Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information

ATI Requests Received in October

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

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Received in October 2023

Canadian Heritage ATI Re-Requests

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The document includes a memorandum for Hélène Laurendeau regarding a ‘Year 2 Survey’: Generic Terms and Conditions. The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) has requested that departments complete an online survey regarding departmental uptake of the Generic Terms and Conditions (Ts&Cs). The document includes Laurendeau’s survey response as well as a draft of the PCH Microgrant Report.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00421 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-02184: “Generic Terms and Conditions: Year 2 Survey”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a letter to the Deputy Minister Flack and Secretary Wallace regarding Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at Canadian Heritage. As stated in the summary, “The Nov 7, 2019, the Strategic Planning Directorate made a presentation to the Executive Committee about the integration of the SDG in PCH’s Departmental Result Framework (DRF). This approach was endorsed by the Committee”. Attached is the proposed letter to Graham Flack, Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada and to Peter Wallace, Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00424 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-02109: “Letters to Deputy Minister Flack and Secretary Wallace Regarding Sustainable Development Goals at Canadian Heritage”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum to Hélène Laurendeau requiring a decision on a ‘response letter to Mr. Roberto Viola following up on the joint workplan with the European Union Digital Dialogues’. The document includes a letter to DF Viola providing an update on the progress of their joint workplan and workshop on disinformation and diversity of content from their meeting in Gatineau on November 28 and 29, 2019. In addition, summary information from the copyright workshop in Brussels that took place from October 16-18, 2019.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00425 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-02085: “Response Letter to Mr. Roberto Viola Following up on the Joint Workplan with the European Union (Digital Dialogues)”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a memorandum for Hélène Laurendeau requiring her response to the Survey of Chief Financial Officers for the 2020 Federal Budget. Memorandum is written in French. There is a letter to Laurendeau from Peter Wallace (Secretary of the Treasury Board) and Ian Shugart (Clerk of the Privy Council).  The purpose of the survey is to gain departmental input to improve the accuracy of the expense forecast in the upcoming budget.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00426 Briefing Note to Deputy Minister CH2019-02297: “Chief Financial Officer Survey for the 2020 Federal Budget”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum for the Honourable Steven Guilbeault regarding the 2020 Creative Industries Trade Mission to Europe. A decision is needed to proceed with the announcement and planning of the Creative Industries Trade Mission to Europe in May 2020. The memo includes the hospitality cost, background information and the objective of the mission.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00427 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-02197: “2020 Creative Industries Trade Mission to Europe”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum for the Honorable Mélanie Joly regarding the Supplementary Expenditure Budget for 2019-2020.Documents are written in French and include summaries, budgets and credits.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00429 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-02177: “2019-2020 Supplementary Estimates (A)”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes an information note for the Honourable Bardish Chagger regarding 2019-20 Supplementary Estimates (A). The document also includes Canadian Heritage’s itemized budgetary expenditures.   Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00430 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-02175: “2019-2020 Supplementary Estimates (A)”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a briefing note on the Forum of the UNESCO Ministers of Culture. The forum took place on November 19, 2019, in Paris, on the sidelines of its 4th General Conference. None of the ministers were able to participate because the swearing-in of the new Council of Ministers was taking place on November 20, 2019. The document however includes some additional information on the event, considerations and the current situation. The document was produced in French.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00431 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-02199: “Forum of the UNESCO Ministers of Culture”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes letters to the Honourable Mélanie Joy from the Honourable Steven Guilbeault. The letter is regarding Prime Minister Trudeau’s intention to give the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages full power over the administration of the Department’s Official Languages program. Some of these ministerial duties were transferred to the Honourable Melanie Joy by degree and Honourable Guilbeault is offering support in her responsibilities relating to official languages. The document is written in French.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00440 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-02386: “Letter to the Honourable Mélanie Joly – Spending Authority”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a letter to the attention of Hélène Laurendeau requiring the approval of the analysis of impact on activities. They have provided the Business Impact Analysis (AIA) of Canadian Heritage to be done by the Departmental Security Directorate and health and safety at work.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00441 Briefing Note to Deputy Minister CH2019-02228: “Approval of the Business Impact Analysis”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a note for Hélène Laurendeau regarding a directive for security sweeps. The document includes context, consideration, communications and recommendations. In response, Helene approves the recommendation.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00443 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01838: “Approval of the Canadian Heritage Safety Sweep Directive”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a qualitative analysis that was shared regarding the final report of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel. In the report, it includes some information about the landscape and a review of the public’s response. In addition, there are some email exchanges around this communication.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00451 From January 1, 2020 to March 3, 2020, All Records Regarding the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel and Panel Chair Janet Yale Related to Media Requests, Media Lines, Public Appearances, Public Commentary, Letters to the Editor, and/or Media Submissions. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes the communication report on the ‘Final Report of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel’. The report will be presented to Minister Guilbeault and Minister Bains on January 30th, 2020. In the communication report, they’ve recommended changes to the Telecommunications Act, the Radiocommunications Act, and the Broadcasting Act.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00451 From January 1, 2020 to March 3, 2020, All Records Regarding the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel and Panel Chair Janet Yale Related to Media Requests, Media Lines, Public Appearances, Public Commentary, Letters to the Editor, and/or Media Submissions. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes an inventory of planned research from 2018-2019. The spreadsheet includes the branch, project title, project description, project type, cycle, notes, cost and update.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00457 From January 1, 2018 to March 11, 2020, a List of All Studies, Research, Analyses and Evaluations Commissioned Internally or Externally by Canadian Heritage. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes a list from March 1, 2015, to April 13, 2020, of all grants and contributions awards and consulting contracts of $1,000 or more approved by Canadian Heritage (part 1).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00001 From March 1, 2015 to April 13, 2020, the List of All Grants and Contributions Awards and Consulting Contracts of $1,000 or More Approved by Canadian Heritage. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a list from March 1, 2015, to April 13, 2020, of all grants and contributions awards and consulting contracts of $1,000 or more approved by Canadian Heritage (part 2).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00001 From March 1, 2015 to April 13, 2020, the List of All Grants and Contributions Awards and Consulting Contracts of $1,000 or More Approved by Canadian Heritage. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a list from March 1, 2015, to April 13, 2020, of all grants and contributions awards and consulting contracts of $1,000 or more approved by Canadian Heritage (part 3).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00001 From March 1, 2015 to April 13, 2020, the List of All Grants and Contributions Awards and Consulting Contracts of $1,000 or More Approved by Canadian Heritage. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an application form for the Local Journalism Initiatives from News Media Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00005 Copies of All Successful Applications Submitted for Funding from the Local Journalism Initiative, from the Beginning of the Application Period to April 21, 2020. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document consists of a strategic brief for a meeting with Joe Natale, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rogers and Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media. The main topic of discussion for the meeting is the broadcasting and telecommunication legislative review that is currently under way (Broadcasting Act). In addition, they plan to discuss the implementation of changes to the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) that were announced last year; and ongoing processes at the CRTC. The document includes messages, speaking points, background information on Rogers and more.   Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00008 “All Records Pertaining to the Following Meetings of Rogers Communications Inc.: On May 1, 2019, with Jeremy Gauthier, Policy Advisor Canadian Heritage (PCH). On May 22, 2019, with Patricia Beh, Director of Policy Canadian Heritage (PCH). On June 14, 2019, with Faizel Gulamhussein, Senior Policy Advisor Canadian Heritage (PCH). On August 1, 2019, with Patricia Beh, Acting Chief of Staff Canadian Heritage (PCH). On August 12, 2019, with Patricia Beh, Acting Chief of Staff Canadian Heritage (PCH) and Faizel Gulamhussein, Senior Policy Advisor Canadian Heritage (PCH). On September 27, 2019, with Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister Canadian Heritage (PCH). On February 27, 2020, with Mathieu Bouchard, Chief of Staff Canadian Heritage (PCH), Rebecca Caldwell, Director of Policy Canadian Heritage (PCH), Steven Guilbeault, Minister Canadian Heritage (PCH) and Helene Laurendeau, Deputy Minister Canadian Heritage (PCH).” Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a research paper written by Paul J. Heald titled ‘The Impact of Implementing a 25-Year Reversion/Termination Right in Canada’. The study was developed to answer in part INDU’s recommendation (8) pertaining to the amending of the Copyright Act, discussed in an email exchange between Canadian Heritage staff.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00012 From February 5, 2020 to May 6, 2020, All Records Regarding Revisionary Interest and/or Termination Rights and/or the Reversion of Rights to Creators/Artists or Their Heirs after a Certain Time Period. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memo for Hélène Laurendeau regarding a survey on the effects of foreign production and production services for the Canadian film and television production industry. The document also includes some background information, infographics based on the survey results, and a final presentation.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2020-00159: “Survey on the Impact of Foreign Production and Production Services on the Canadian Film and Television Production Industry”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document is a processing report for the treatment of the Carillon Flag for the Seminary Museum of Quebec.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2020-00023 From July 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, Communications Sent to the Deputy Minister’s Office Regarding the Concept of Reversion in Copyright Law. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

ATI Requests Received in August

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

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Tech Lobby News

A trip to the moon: AWS Public Sector Symposium Ottawa (The Tech Lobby)

Changes to lobbying rules could spell end to 50 years of free trips to Israel for Canadian MPs, senators (The Globe and Mail)

 Canadian Chamber of Commerce forms AI council with members including Amazon, Google (The Canadian Press)

Received in August 2023

Amazon Distribution Fulfillment Services

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The document contains an email exchange between members of Health Canada and the Amazon/Amazon Distribution Fulfillment Services program, which also includes a meeting agenda and follow up questions. During these meetings, Health Canada expressed their distribution requirements amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They needed to procure COVID-19 tests from various manufacturers and had initiated this meeting to discuss matters such as supply, market expansion, and related topics. Furthermore, Health Canada inquired with Amazon about the retail sale of rapid tests in the United States and sought information regarding their expectations for the Canadian market.     Note: the same document is associated with the following communication log numbers from our ATI request: 510223 and 508443Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-000276 Submitted to Health Canada for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #508443 Involving Chris Johnstone, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada (HC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on May 18, 2021.” (Health Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Amazon Web Services

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Document includes an email exchange between members of AWS and Rhonda Fernandes the Director General from Youth Skills Innovation Directorate regarding the digital skills development training that they’ve received. The email also included an introduction between AWS and ISED’s Benoit Tessier and Olivier Quirion. In exchange it seems that AWS is interested in learning more about the new Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) that was announced in the 2021 Budget. However, Olivier and Benoit have said that they are limiting their interactions with stakeholders as they design the program.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00953 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #510568 Involving Benoit Tessier, Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on June 16, 2021” (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

IBM Canada Ltd.

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Document includes information on the Apprenticeship and Sectoral Initiatives Program’s input to the Labour Program for a Ministerial meeting with International Business Machines officials on mental health and work-life balance and its initiatives around up-skilling and retraining as part of COVID recovery. The meeting is between Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and IBM Canada Ltd. Note: the same document is associated with the following communication log numbers from our ATI request: 507584, 534626, 514756, 510293, 490864, 490835, 488825.    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00470 Submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #542203 Involving Sarah Magee, Director of Operations, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and IBM Canada Ltd. on September 21, 2022.” (Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Microsoft Canada Inc.

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The document includes an email exchange between Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Microsoft. The exchange mentions ESDC and SSC movement towards cloud with the support of Microsoft. Note: the same document is associated with the following communication log numbers from our ATI request: 479328, 478164, 478138, 476264, 502659, 487943    Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00483 Submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #490942 Involving Benoit Long, Sr. Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on November 02, 2020.” (Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  

ATI Re-Requests Received in August 2023

Canadian Heritage

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Document includes the Government of Canada’s Ethical Guidelines for Public Office Holders and Guidelines for the Political Activities of Public Office Holders. A memorandum to the Honourable James Moore regarding individuals recently appointed and reappointed to the Canadian Heritage Portfolio. In addition, an email exchange between CRTC staff regarding Raj Shoan, previous CRTC Commissioner for the Canadian Heritage office.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2015-00099 Copy of A-2015-00099 From April 1, 2013 to July 8, 2015, All Records Regarding Raj Shoan, Commissioner for Ontario at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2015), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes meeting documents, email exchanges, and presentations. Some of the goals of the Minister for the visit include discussions about culture and digitization, learning about the challenges and opportunities for digital and social inclusion. Additional broad parameters include support for Canada’s foreign policy objectives, promotion of Canadian values, advancement of cultural expertise and trade opportunities, and learning more about best practices for supporting cultural content creationGovernment of Canada, Access to Information Request Copy of A-2016-00238 from August 2016: All Records Related to the Roundtable Discussion Involving UK Music and the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2016), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes information for the Honourable Melanie Joly’s various meetings with ministers and mayors to discuss a variety of topics. These include the National Capital Commission (NCC) initiatives such as Canada 150 and the Victims of Communism Monument, municipal representation on the Board of Directors of the NCC, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, discussions on Rogers and the telecom market in Canada, Motion Pictures, the Kielburger Brothers, and more from the Canadian Heritage office.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2016-00270 Copy of A-2016-00270: Records Pertaining to All of Minister Joly’s Meetings with Parties Outside of the Federal Government from November 4, 2015 to October 3, 2016 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2016), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a proposal for the 2016 budget allocation ($15.4M) to PILT for debt relief. In addition, the document includes speaking notes, fact sheet for the Minister, presentation for Canada’s 150, Agenda for Canadian Heritage Museum CEO’s Teleconference and more.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00149 A-2017-00149: Briefing Notes for the Minister CH2017-00584: “Fact Sheet, Speaking Points and Bios for the DM’s Meeting with Corie Wright and Josh Korn of Netflix” and CH2017-00568: “Repurposing the 600Mhz Spectrum Board” Re-Requested under Access to Information Request AI-2018-00091 (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document released by Canadian Heritage include the meeting agenda and presentation for the Early Engagement Session to discuss the Revitalizing of Indigenous Languages. Presented by the Working Group of Ministers on the Review of Laws and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples. In addition, there is also a report from the National Film Board of Canada from (2016-2017) including their Departmental Results Report.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00307 Question Period Notes and Briefing Notes Created or Forwarded to the Minister of Canadian Heritage between September 29, 2017 and October 20, 2017. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2017), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes more briefing notes forwarded to the Minister of the Canadian Heritage. Including a report from the National Gallery of Canada (2016-2017 Annual Report). Information notes for the Honourable Melanie Joy regarding British Home Children and a corporate plan summary of the National Capital Commission and more.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00307 Question Period Notes and Briefing Notes Created or Forwarded to the Minister of Canadian Heritage between September 29, 2017 and October 20, 2017. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2017), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a summary of the 2019-20 to 2023-24 Corporate Plan and the 2019-20 Operating and Capital Budgets for the National Museum of Science and Technology. The documents include a summary of the museum’s financial position, operating and capital budgets. Documents were released by Canadian Heritage.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00308 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-01642: “Tabling of the 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 Corporate Plan Summary and 2019-2020 Summary of Operating and Capital for the National Museum of Science and Technology”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a briefing for the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez for the approval of New Digital Citizen Contributions Program Guidelines. A decision was required by August 14, 2019, in order to launch the call for proposals by September 2019. The DCCP will contribute $5.9 million over four years towards research on online disinformation and digital citizenship, as well as funding tool development, digital media and civic literacy initiatives. Documents were released by Canadian Heritage.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00310 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-01535: “Approval of New Digital Citizen Contributions Program Guidelines”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Briefing note for Hélène Laurendeau  regarding the Chief Information Officer Information Technology Support to Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada. The current status: PCH’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) is having CCPERB cover the cost of their IT Services for 2019/2020 and will seek an amendment to the current MOU that has not been revised since November 2014. Documents were released by Canadian Heritage.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00313 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01286: “Chief Information Officer Support to Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Briefing notes to the Deputy Minister regarding the University Champion Meeting led by Taki Sarantakis the President of the Canada School of Public Service. The documents include the meeting agenda, memo, and scenario notes for speakers. The documents were released by Canadian Heritage.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00320 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01836: “Deputy Minister University Champion Meeting at the Canada School of Public Service on September 18, 2019 Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a draft report on the mission to Australia and New Zealand for Hélène Laurendeau. Documents include the trip details, purpose of engagement, framework, bilateral engagement and a workplan for the meeting in Australia. Goals of the workplan: address the discoverability of diverse local, regional and national content. Fight disinformation and promoting the quality and transparency of information.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00322 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01854: “Draft Report: Mission to Australia and New Zealand”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Document includes a presentation on the NCR Indigenous Protocol Package delivered on March 28, 2019, by Canadian Heritage.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00328 From 2014 to 2019, Records Relating to the “Indigenous Protocol Package”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes detailed information about Canadian Heritage ‘s organization structure, objective, projects and more.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00329 The Transition Binders given to the Ministers Following the Election of the New Government in October 2019. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, 2019), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.Canada.
The document includes a list of the ten businesses/companies/projects that received the highest amount of funding from the Canadian periodical fund from its announcement in 2009 to December 10, 2019.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00348 List of the Ten Businesses/Companies/Projects That Received the Highest Amount of Funding from the Canadian Periodical Fund from Its Announcement in 2009 to December 10, 2019. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several email exchanges between different offices regarding Q-2520 and Q-2517.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00350 All Records Associated with Parliamentary Questions Q-2520 and Q-2517. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several emails between members of PCH, ISED and Mr. Gold to discuss educational publishing and copying between select stakeholders from the education sector, in Toronto. In addition, there is an information note for Honourable Pablo Rodriguez that includes briefing notes for question period.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00351 From January 1, 2018 to December 18, 2019, All Records Related to the Facilitated Process on Educational Copying and Publishing Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Canadian Heritage hired a contractor to review the impact of two amendments in Canada’s Copyright Act that were recommended during the parliamentary review of the Copyright Act in 2019.  The documents includes the details of their contract, research on reversionary interest and copyright.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00352 From November 1, 2018 to December 20, 2019, All Records Regarding Reversionary Interest and/or the Reversion of Rights to Creators/Artists or Their Heirs. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a presentation by DPAR titled: Overview of Political Activities in the Public Service for employees. Presentation covers many topics such as: the importance of non-partisan public service, the Public Service Employment Act and the activities that fall under it. This is categorized as duty of loyalty training that is used by Canadian Heritage for their employees.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00353 Between September 5, 2019 and December 1, 2019, All Records Which Refer to Duty of Loyalty Training Developed or Used by Canadian Heritage. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a Visual Arts Marketplace Engagement Initiative Pre-Pol Engagement Template for key stakeholders. In addition, there is some survey data from Canadian Arts Coalition (ARCA). They’ve included Canadian Heritage’s social media strategy: understand the policy issues emerging in the current and future marketplace for visual arts.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00354 From January 1, 2018 to December 19, 2019, Records Related to Research or Studies Commissioned by Canadian Heritage on Copyright-Related Matters. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes a memorandum to Graham Flack including prep notes for his meeting on the Teleconference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Deputy Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage. Agenda items include follow-ups from the 2016 ministerial meeting in Victoria, British Columbia: Cultural Engagement Working Group update regarding indigenous engagement at the FPTCH Table; and FPTCH Table working groups 2017-18 workplans and funding requests. The document also includes a list of participants and meeting notes.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00721  Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2017-00212: “Teleconference of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Deputy Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document from Canadian Heritage produced by the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer include details from financial analyst to update Minister Joly. Included are spreadsheets that list projects/ programs to be undertaken/delivered by your department from funding obtained via Budget 2016 New Infrastructure Plan.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00764 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2017-02444: “Update Spreadsheet for Minister Joly on IR0317 Canadian Heritage Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes the total multiculturalism program budget and financial resources for 2011/12 to 205/16. In addition, a memorandum to Graham Flack regarding the 2015-16 Annual Report on the Operation of The Canadian Multiculturalism Act.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00791 From January 1, 2015 to March 22, 2018, Records Relating to Racism, Discrimination, Systemic Racism, Special Accommodation, Marginalized Groups and Communities, on Visible Minorities, Impact Criteria for Assessing Government Policies as Non-Discriminatory, the 2017 and 2018 Budgets for Consultations on Racism, the Ban on Internet Hate Speech under Human Rights Legislation and Refusal of Federal Space to Those Promoting Racial or Other Types of Discrimination. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes information for Honourable Melanie Joy. Document also includes an annual report on the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (2016).Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00791 From January 1, 2015 to March 22, 2018, Records Relating to Racism, Discrimination, Systemic Racism, Special Accommodation, Marginalized Groups and Communities, on Visible Minorities, Impact Criteria for Assessing Government Policies as Non-Discriminatory, the 2017 and 2018 Budgets for Consultations on Racism, the Ban on Internet Hate Speech under Human Rights Legislation and Refusal of Federal Space to Those Promoting Racial or Other Types of Discrimination. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum to the Honourable Melanie Joly regarding an impending decision: private member’s motion M-103: Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00791 From January 1, 2015 to March 22, 2018, Records Relating to Racism, Discrimination, Systemic Racism, Special Accommodation, Marginalized Groups and Communities, on Visible Minorities, Impact Criteria for Assessing Government Policies as Non-Discriminatory, the 2017 and 2018 Budgets for Consultations on Racism, the Ban on Internet Hate Speech under Human Rights Legislation and Refusal of Federal Space to Those Promoting Racial or Other Types of Discrimination. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Document includes a fact sheet titled Jewish Community Issues and Recent Antisemitic Incidents from late 2016 and early 2017.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2017-00791 From January 1, 2015 to March 22, 2018, Records Relating to Racism, Discrimination, Systemic Racism, Special Accommodation, Marginalized Groups and Communities, on Visible Minorities, Impact Criteria for Assessing Government Policies as Non-Discriminatory, the 2017 and 2018 Budgets for Consultations on Racism, the Ban on Internet Hate Speech under Human Rights Legislation and Refusal of Federal Space to Those Promoting Racial or Other Types of Discrimination. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a policy paper on fake news. In addition, a presentation on countering radicalization to violence by the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre) and a fact sheet on the European Commission response to illegal online content. Several other documents/presentations are also included.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2018-00182 From February 1, 2018 to May 30, 2018, All Records Generated by the Deputy Ministers Tiger Team on Fake News. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Document includes a proposal from the Canadian Digital Democracy initiative by the Public Policy Forum. In addition, emails containing funding details, plans for the digital democracy lecture series and their Canada History Fund application.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2018-00611 From January 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018, All Records That Cite or Reference to the Digital Democracy Project of the Public Policy Forum. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes several email exchanges between PCH employees who discuss the Public Policy Forum proposal.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2018-00611 From January 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018, All Records That Cite or Reference to the Digital Democracy Project of the Public Policy Forum. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum to Graham Flack regarding the summaries of decisions of the federal-provincial-territorial ministers and deputy ministers of culture and heritage (April 24, 2018, and June 19 and 20, 2018). The memo also required a decision for the April 24, 2018, teleconference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) deputy ministers responsible for Culture and Heritage (CH), and the June 19 and 20, 2018 meetings of FPTCH ministers and deputy ministers (DMs) the meeting between FPTCH ministers and leaders of National Indigenous Organizations (NIOs). In addition, the documents include the summary of decisions from the teleconferences on April 24 and June 20, 2018.   Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2018-00678 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2018-01467: “Summary of Decisions of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Culture and Heritage (April 24, 2018 and the June 19 and 20, 2018) Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes information notes for the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez regarding the future of the Copyright Act titled “Copyright Look Ahead 2019”. A presentation deck titled “Reality and state of Canada’s Writing & Publishing Industry following the Education Sector’s Copying Policies: Corrections of Errors in CMEC Submission to INDU Committee”.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2018-00815 Since January 1, 2018, All Records Summarizing or Analyzing the Reviews of the Copyright Act Being Done by Parliamentary Committees. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes the meeting package for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Teleconference of Deputy Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage. The package includes the list of participants, agenda, presentation details etc.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00189 Briefing Materials in Preparation for a Teleconference for the Federal-Provincial and Territorial Deputy Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage of May 14, 2019. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes the meeting package for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting Cultural and Heritage Deputy Ministers on June 18, 2019, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The document includes details regarding the list of participants, Indigenous Engagement Working Group, the agenda and more.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00234 Briefing Materials in Preparation for a Teleconference for the Federal-Provincial and Territorial Deputy Ministers Responsible for Culture and Heritage of June 18 and 19, 2019. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes details regarding application guidelines for the “Community Support for Black Canadian Youth”. A fact sheet regarding Applicants to the Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Program from Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and Edmonton. A memorandum to the Honourable Melanie Joly regarding the application guidelines for the community capacity building component and decision on single cultural community events. Fact sheet regarding their announcement on the community support for Black Canadian Youth. Emails from the Black community such as Canadian Black Culture Network regarding the funding parameters, meetings and limits.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00247 From January 1, 2018 to September 16, 2019, All Records Presented to the Deputy Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiative Program. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum for the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez regarding the Keynote Speech at the International Meeting on Diversity of Content in the Digital Age. Email exchanges between members of the PCH regarding the TV5 Monde project (correspondence is in French)Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00253 From October 18, 2018 to October 30, 2019, All Documents and Correspondence Exchanged between an Organization or Department of Quebec and Canadian Heritage Regarding the International Portal of Digital Content of the Francophonie. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum for the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage) regarding the keynote speech at the International Meeting on Diversity of Content in the Digital Age. The document was written by Hélène Laurendeau  (Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage). Map of recommended participants according to professional category, area of expertise, gender/social identity and nationality/language. Brief profile of the final advisory committee.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00253 From October 18, 2018 to October 30, 2019, All Documents and Correspondence Exchanged between an Organization or Department of Quebec and Canadian Heritage Regarding the International Portal of Digital Content of the Francophonie. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Document includes several emails regarding Canadian Heritage’s media activities such as the logic on digital industries economic strategy etc. In addition, several emails are exchanged between members of PCH regarding an investigative journalist who inquired about the government’s position on the global ICT market after obtaining a presentation made by ISED and Canadian Heritage that was accessed through ATI request (A-2017-00589).Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00264 From June 1, 2018 to October 11, 2019, All Records Mentioning “The Logic” or Any Article from the Site “Www.Thelogic.Co”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a presentation on the Local Journalism Initiative presented for the Administrator Organizations in February 2019. The focus is on civic journalism, underserved communities and the list of selected organizations. Business Plans from the various organizations are also included.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00268 From January 1, 2019 to October 28, 2019, All the Local Journalism Initiative Program Records Pertaining to the Use of a Creative Commons License for Funded Content, the Selection of Third Party Organizations to Administer Grants, the Agreements with Third Party Organizations to Administer the Grants and the Reporting by Third Party Organizations Arising from Their Administration of Grants. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum for Hélène Laurendeau regarding the Future of Media and Broadcasting: Transition Material for DMC discussion. The memorandum is delivered due to an impending decision requiring Hélène’s review in preparation for her presentation at the Deputy Ministers/Clerk (DMC) meeting on July 25, 2019. Document also includes a proposed agenda and background information. Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00270 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01589: “The Future of Media and Broadcasting: Transition Material for DMC Discussion Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum to the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez regarding the Confirmation of Canada Arts Presentation Fund Approach for Implementation of Budget 2019 Supplemental Funds and Approval of Announcement Letters. The document seeks his approval to inform current CAPF recipients of the distribution of Budget 2019 funds. There seems to be two options for the budget and Honourable Pablo Rodriguez concurs with the revised proposal (Option 1).Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00282 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-01442: “Confirmation of Canada Arts Presentation Fund Approach for Implementation of Budget 2019 Supplemental Funds and Approval of Announcement Letters”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes a memorandum for Hélène Laurendeau regarding Canadian Heritage – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Initiative for Digital Citizen Research. SSHRC has established the joint initiative with PCH: it will fund research projects that are relevant to the Government’s priorities regarding online disinformation, to ensure it becomes a key area of research in Canada.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00284 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01304: “The Canadian Heritage-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Initiative for Digital Citizen Research”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an information note for the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez regarding the Digital Citizen Initiative Contribution Funding. The Digital Citizen Contribution is a new program that will be set up by Canadian Heritage and the Digital Democracy Project will receive $2.5 million in funding over four years. The program used to be headed by the Public Policy Forum however, they will need to formally submit a new proposal.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00285 Briefing Note to the Minister CH2019-01467: “Digital Citizen Initiative Contribution Funding”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an information note for Hélène Laurendeau: A response to the 2018-19 Gender-Based Analysis Plus Implementation Survey. The document includes an introduction to the survey, questions, changes to the survey and survey results.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00294 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01533: “Response to the 2018-19 Gender-Based Analysis Implementation Survey Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document is from Canadian Heritage and it includes a memorandum for Hélène Laurendeau and Isabelle Mondou regarding the Briefing Books for Transition.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00298 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01568: “Briefing Books for Transition”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document is from the Canadian Heritage regarding a memorandum to Hélène Laurendeau: Election-Related Requests for Information. This document provides an approach for Canadian Heritage on how to respond to election-related requests for information from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). They’ve included a table to outline the process for responding to PBO requests for information.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2019-00301 Briefing Note to the Deputy Minister CH2019-01612: “Election-Related Requests for Information”. Re-Requested under Access to Information Request (Canadian Heritage, n.d.), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

A trip to the moon: AWS Public Sector Symposium Ottawa

Tamara Shepherd, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Tamara Shepherd is conducting a case study on Amazon’s AWS lobbying in Canada with TheTechLobby. She recently attended AWS’s Public Sector Symposium in Ottawa, September 7, 2023.

[Figure 1. Image of symposium website. Screengrab, September 22, 2023]

I went to the AWS Public Sector Symposium in Ottawa to get a sense of how AWS is pitching its services to government. Given that AWS is also actively lobbying on a host of cloud policy issues including privacy and access to information (as detailed here [link to Charnjot’s company profile: https://thetechlobby.ca/company-profile-amazon/]), it’s significant that they are being contracted by various government departments and agencies to provide cloud technology services. The symposium was indeed oriented around the government’s procurement of AWS: “Explore how the cloud can help you enhance security, analyze data at scale, advance sustainability, and achieve your mission—faster and at lower cost.” As such, the attendees were mainly AWS representatives (most of them with the vague job title “solutions architect”) and government personnel from various departments and agencies. 

[Figure 2. AWS sign in window looking over Ottawa. All photos by the author.]

Held at the Shaw Convention Centre, the symposium featured a keynote, meals, and networking, along with several sessions organized into tracks (data, technology, and security), according to different levels of expertise (“introductor,” intermediate, advanced, and expert). A basic mobile app enabled users to build their day’s schedule and allowed AWS to gauge interest in each session – some sessions had the added requirement for attendees to scan their RFID tagged badges at the door. When I asked why, the person scanning my badge said, “so we know who’s in this session.” I guess that is on brand for Amazon.

The first data session I attended was presented by an AWS representative who promoted “data driven organizations” by emphasizing that they were more agile, efficient, and valuable at generating customer experience. As the presenter argued, organizations need to evolve from a “data platform mindset” to a “data product mindset,” in order to deliver “governance value and business value together in lockstep.” A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency then joined the podium to present the CRA as a data-driven government organization. He discussed how the culture, people, and infrastructure at the CRA are transforming to be more data-driven so the agency can become more innovative and efficient. This remark garnered more than a few chuckles from the audience. 

The session slides throughout the day contained tech/business jargon like “continuous innovation,” “scalable iterative solution,” and “innovate your flywheel” (invoking the so-called “Bezos flywheel” positive reinforcement loop). These sorts of phrases often appeared on growth curves with unlabeled axes – the growth is so fast it can’t even be measured!

[Figures 3 and 4. Images of presentation slides with growth curves]

The keynote session was in a large conference room with a few thousand attendees, who walked in to find their seats amid thumping techno beats and a laser light show. The central keynote speaker was astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, who used his journey to space as an allegory for the ways AWS enables a change in reality by fundamentally shifting the human perspective – he shared some very loud footage of a Blue Origin rocket launch to bluntly reinforce this point, while also noting that the moon has water and sunlight and could provide another place for humans to live (read: colonize) as what he called “an untapped continent of wealth.” This was a very Bezos moment. 

[Figure 5. Image of keynote presentation by Chris Hadfield]

After launch, there was lunch. The banquet room also housed the exhibition booths, about half of which featured branches of AWS and the other half comprising assorted partner tech companies providing things like security services and AI software compatible with AWS’s technology. Taking up more space than these booths though were various games, in line with the “no collar” ethos of tech companies explored eloquently 20 years ago by Andrew Ross [link to book: https://tupress.temple.edu/books/no-collar], which apparently remains relatively the same. There were stations to compete in hockey (of course), soccer, basketball, and darts along with carnival games like “hook a duck,” a driving simulator, and a Lego town.

[Figure 6. Hook a Duck game at the expo hall]

As might be apparent, this version of “fun” was targeted toward the mostly male attendees. From my own eyeball estimate, I would guess that around 80% of the delegates were men, wearing either government or tech versions of business casual. Most of them spoke English, although there was French being spoken as well among government workers. In the sessions, almost no one was taking notes aside from myself, but quite a few attendees took photos of the slides on their smartphones. They did not, however, take many photos at the desolate photo-op tableaux featured all around the convention centre.  

[Figure 7. Photo station beside escalators.]

Most of the people working at the event to distribute badges, field questions, and usher delegates around the space were temporary contractors. I spoke to one of them who wasn’t even sure what AWS was. I also overheard a conversation between government workers who saw new technologies like AWS’s suite of software as “shiny new things” that managers neither understood nor had the capacity to implement, instead choosing to “dump and run” after introducing new platforms to their departments. This group was quite cynical about the government having the capacity to effectively implement AWS services without a complete cultural and organizational transformation within their departments. 

Nonetheless, at nearly every session, AWS was hailed as “game changing” for government operations. Particularly at an over-capacity session I attended in the afternoon, generative AI was central to the paradigm shift promoted by AWS. The AWS representative conducted demos of AI-based tools SageMaker, Bedrock, and CodeWhisperer, the names of which almost sound like parodies of tech-speak. At one point, the speaker showed how Stability AI – a platform with an “open-source ethos” that paradoxically is partnered with AWS – could generate images from prompts like “a person waving the Canadian flag at a university” and “government citizen assistant.”

[Figure 8. Stability AI’s result for “government citizen assistant”]

As the speaker said after revealing this visual, “we’re in the first three steps of a 10k run,” which I suppose was meant to excuse the cheesiness of the image. The accelerationism and tech jargon on full display at the symposium offered an insight into how AWS is positioning itself to government with respect to procurement, a key context for their wider lobbying activity on policy issues favourable to AWS’s proprietary and sweeping version of the cloud. Chris Hadfield’s keynote address, with its explicit injunction to colonize the moon, aptly enveloped all this in the frontierism common to tech platforms predicated on relentless expansion. 

ATI Requests Received in July

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca

Tech Lobby News

[ATI NEWS] Alberta chooses secrecy … again; The Alberta government has blocked the release of e-mail correspondence … (The Globe and Mail)

[ONLINE NEWS ACT ] Ottawa should accommodate Google’s C-18 concerns, urges group representing Canada’s major publishers (The Globe and Mail)

[ONLINE NEWS ACT] News media lobby group says it agrees with Google’s concerns about Online News Act (The Canadian Press)

Received in July 2023

Amazon Web Services Canada

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Document includes an email exchange between members of AWS and Rhonda Fernandes the Director General from Youth Skills Innovation Directorate regarding the digital skills development training that they’ve received. The email also included an introduction between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Benoit Tessier and Olivier Quirion from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). In exchange it seems that AWS is interested in learning more about the new Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) that was announced in the 2021 Budget. However, Olivier and Benoit have said that they are limiting their interactions with stakeholders as they design the program.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00953 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #510568 Involving Benoit Tessier, Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on June 16, 2021” (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) office and AWS. They’ve discussed the AWS summit, implementing cloud services and offered a 1-on-1 with Phillippa Manley (Executive Director, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to provide some details on PSPC and the Application Modernization project.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00373 Submitted to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #542911 Involving Mollie Royds, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on September 27, 2022. ’ (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) office and AWS. They’ve discussed the AWS summit, implementing cloud services and offered a 1-on-1 with Phillippa Manley (Executive Director, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to provide some details on PSPC and the Application Modernization project.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00373 Submitted to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #542915 Involving Zepporah Toh, Senior Director, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on September 08, 2022. ’ (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) office and AWS. They’ve discussed the AWS summit, implementing cloud services and offered a 1-on-1 with Phillippa Manley (Executive Director, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to provide some details on PSPC and the Application Modernization project.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00373 Submitted to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #538028 Involving Colin Lalonde , Director of Policy, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on June 16, 2022. ’ (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange between Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Amazon Web Services about government services and cloud computing.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01685 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #487209 Involving Paul Wagner, Acting CTO, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on October 27, 2020.” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange between Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Amazon Web Services about government services and cloud computing.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01676 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #493130 Involving Paul Wagner, Chief Technology Officer, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on December 04, 2020.” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariate and Amazon Web Services to schedule a meeting between Catherine Luelo and Matt Garman (AWS).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01654 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #514690 Involving Catherine Luelo, Chief Information Officer of Canada, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on September 21, 2021.” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange regarding the visit by new Treasury Board Minister Mona Frontier to IBM Gatineau Client Innovation Centre.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01650 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #517777 Involving Catherine Luelo , Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and IBM Canada Ltd. on November 25, 2021” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

IBM Canada Ltd.

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The document includes meeting memo with Claude Guay and Xerxes Cooper. The objective of the meeting was for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to meet the new President and executive leadership of IBM Canada. The desired outcome: to understand IBM Canada’s priorities to support pandemic recovery, address future skills gaps and grow quantum computing operations in Canada. Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01006 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #490843 Involving Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and IBM Canada Ltd. on November 03, 2020.” ’ (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange about an executive exchange program between the Treasury Board of Canada and IBM Canada Ltd.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01690 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #484000 Involving Paul Wagner, Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and IBM Canada Ltd. on September 24, 2020.” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes email exchange and meeting calendar for the meeting with Mr. Claude Guay and Catherine Luelo Deputy Minister & Chief Information Officer of Canada. This meeting took place between the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and IBM Canada Ltd.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01649 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #525987 Involving Catherine Luelo, Deputy Minister & Chief Information Officer of Canada, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and IBM Canada Ltd. on February 04, 2022” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email correspondence between ISED employees. The subject of discussion: preparation for a 2-day trip to Bromont to receive a site presentation from IBM regarding semiconductor systems. IBM hosted both the Canada and US team for this presentation. The documents also include an information packet on Canada’s Semiconductor Industry, group photos, agenda, information packet and bios from the session.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00925 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #541689 Involving Francis Bilodeau, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and IBM Canada Ltd. on August 08, 2022 ’ (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Microsoft Canada Inc.

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This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) office and AWS. They’ve discussed the AWS summit, implementing cloud services and offered a 1-on-1 with Phillippa Manley (Executive Director, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to provide some details on Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Application Modernization project. In addition, the documents include a presentation by Microsoft Canada on climate innovation.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00373 Submitted to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #544114 Involving Cory Pike, Chief of Staff, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on September 29, 2022. ’ (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) office and AWS. They’ve discussed the AWS summit, implementing cloud services and offered a 1-on-1 with Phillippa Manley (Executive Director, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to provide some details on Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Application Modernization project. In addition, the documents include a presentation by Microsoft Canada on climate innovation.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00373 Submitted to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #528746 Involving Lorenzo Ieraci, A/Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Procurement, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on March 11, 2022. ’ (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange between several members at the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) office and AWS. They’ve discussed the AWS summit, implementing cloud services and offered a 1-on-1 with Phillippa Manley (Executive Director, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to provide some details on Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Application Modernization project. In addition, the documents include a presentation by Microsoft Canada on climate innovation.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00373 Submitted to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #479327 Involving Duncan Retson, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on July 08, 2020.” ’ (Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
This document includes an email exchange about a recent meeting between Marlene, Jason and Alfred. The exchange calls for an additional meeting to discuss: a request from SSSC for an update on Microsoft’s Accessibility Evolution Model and to explore the idea of a collaboration with Microsoft to make accessibility functionality training modules available to public service wide via the Canada School of Public Service’s learning platform.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01644 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #535277 Involving Alfred MacLeod, Assistant Deputy Minister, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on May 11, 2022.” (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Netflix Inc.

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The document includes Netflix Canada presentation to the ISED and the Department of Canadian Heritage. Presentation emphasizes Netflix’s production activity and their impact on the economy in Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00971 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #518572 Involving André Arbour, A/Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Netflix Inc. on December 17, 2021” (Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

ATI Requests Received in June

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber. Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca

Received in June 2023

Microsoft Canada Inc.

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Document outlines Microsoft’s Hyperscale Cloud Services in preparation for a meeting with Lisa Carroll and Scott Jones (Shared Services Canada).Government of Canada, Access to Information Requests A-2022-00405 Submitted to Shared Services Canada (SSC) for Records Related to “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #544123 Involving Scott Jones, Executive Vice President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on September 29, 2022.” (Shared Services Canada, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Amazon Web Services

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Document includes an agenda for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from Amazon Web Services. Also, speaking notes for the Ottawa Public Sector Summit to launch meeting with Amazon and CRA.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-157714 Submitted to Canada Revenue Agency for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #508039 Involving Annette Butikofer, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on May 18, 2021.” (Canada Revenue Agency, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes an agenda for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from Amazon Web Services. Also, speaking notes for the Ottawa Public Sector Summit to launch meeting with Amazon and CRA.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-157714 Submitted to Canada Revenue Agency for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #487217 Involving Annette Butikofer, Assistant Commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on October 23, 2020.” (Canada Revenue Agency, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes an agenda for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from Amazon Web Services. Also, speaking notes for the Ottawa Public Sector Summit to launch meeting with Amazon and CRA.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-157714 Submitted to Canada Revenue Agency for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #534413 Involving Santo Scarfo, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on May 31, 2022.” (Canada Revenue Agency, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes an agenda for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from Amazon Web Services. Also, speaking notes for the Ottawa Public Sector Summit to launch meeting with Amazon and CRA.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-157714 Submitted to Canada Revenue Agency for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #538026 Involving Santo Scarfo, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on June 24, 2022.” (Canada Revenue Agency, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services

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Documents include correspondence between Transport Canada and Amazon Canada Fulfilment Services regarding Amazon’s proposal for a facility at Hamilton Airport. In addition, there was a risk assessment filed with Transport Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00074 Submitted to Transport Canada (TC) for Records Related to a ‘All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #486613 Involving Malcolm MacEachern, Special Assistant, Transport Canada (TC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on October 27, 2020. With Regards to All Records, We Are Looking for (All Notes, Documents, Drafts, Electronic Documents, Emails, Memos, Preparatory Meeting Notes, Reports and Presentations [Exclude Cabinet Confidences]), Relating to Registered Lobbying Communications.”’ (Transport Canada (TC), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document includes a Microsoft teams calendar meeting scheduled for 10/25/2021 between Amazon and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC). The participants include: Julie Zoller, Global Director, Kuiper Regulatory; Gonzalo de Dios, Head of Global Licensing, Kuiper; Chris Hofer, Senior Manager, Kuiper Regulatory; James Maunder, Director, Canada Public Policy. Lastly, the organizer of the meeting is Ian Scott from the CRTC.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00012 Submitted to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission for Records Related to a ’All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #515261 Involving Scott Shortliffe, Executive Director, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on October 25, 2021. All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #515261 Involving Scott Hutton, Chief of Consumer, Research and Communications, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on October 25, 2021. All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #515261 Involving Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on October 25, 2021. ’ (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2023), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The document released is in connection to com log 515261 with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and Amazon Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00012 Submitted to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #543388 Involving Scott Shortliffe, Executive Director, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on September 28, 2022.” (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.    
The document released is in connection to com log 515261 with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and Amazon Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00012 Submitted to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission for Records Related to a ‘Ll Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #486609 Involving Scott Shortliffe, Executive Director, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on October 06, 2020. All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #486609 Involving Scott Hutton, Chief of Consumer, Research and Communications, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services, ULC on October 06, 2020. With Regards to All Records, We Are Looking for (All Notes, Documents, Drafts, Electronic Documents, Emails, Memos, Preparatory Meeting Notes, Reports and Presentations [Exclude Cabinet Confidences]), Relating to Registered Lobbying Communications. ”’ (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  

Oracle Canada

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The documents include a vendor profile on Oracle Canada that was shared in preparation for their meeting on February 19, 2021, with Shared Services Canada. The purpose of the meeting: “EVP introductory meeting and discussion on what Oracle is doing in the GC and SSC, and to identify how to better support SSC’s plans and priorities”Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00422 Submitted to Shared Services Canada (SSC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #514537 Involving Sony Perron, Executive Vice President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Oracle Canada on September 08, 2021.” (Shared Services Canada (SSC), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information. 
The documents include a vendor profile on Oracle Canada that was shared in preparation for their meeting on February 19, 2021, with Shared Services Canada. The purpose of the meeting: “EVP introductory meeting and discussion on what Oracle is doing in the GC and SSC, and to identify how to better support SSC’s plans and priorities”Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00429 Submitted to Shared Services Canada (SSC) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #497763 Involving Sony Perron, Executive Vice President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Oracle Canada on February 19, 2021. ’ (Shared Services Canada (SSC), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  

IBM Canada Ltd.

The document includes an email exchange between IBM and Transport Canada (TC). In the email, IBM offers their support to Transport Canada (TC) and suggests that they can help the government with some of the issues they’ve had at the airports across the country.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00067 Submitted to Transport Canada (TC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #540168 Involving Elisabeth d’Amours, Policy Advisor, Transport Canada (TC) and IBM Canada Ltd. on July 05, 2022. With Regards to All Records, We Are Looking for (All Notes, Documents, Drafts, Electronic Documents, Emails, Memos, Preparatory Meeting Notes, Reports and Presentations [Exclude Cabinet Confidences]), Relating to Registered Lobbying Communications.” (Transport Canada (TC), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Brief document that includes an email exchange and a calendar invite for a meeting with Kim Watson the new VP of IBM and Dan Cooper from the Treasury Board of Canada.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01695 Submitted to Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #480176 Involving Paul Wagner, Interim Chief Technology Officer, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and IBM Canada Ltd. on July 06, 2020.” (Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  

ATI Requests Received in May

Technology companies increasingly lobby the Canadian federal government.  The Tech Lobby Project regularly submits Access to Information (ATI) requests for records relating to lobbying communications between Canadian federal government departments and companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Sidewalk Labs and Uber.  Read more about our ATI requests here.  Below you can find a list of the documents we’ve received recently in response to our ATI requests.

You can subscribe to receive a list of descriptions of recent ATI responses we have received by monthly email by signing up to our monthly email listserv here. For more information, or to access the documents themselves, please email Sara Bannerman at banners@mcmaster.ca.

Amazon Web Services Canada

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   The Treasury Board received training from Amazon Web Services to develop digital identity credentials.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01642 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a ’All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #539490 Involving Shirley Ivan, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on July 22, 2022. ’ (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The Government of Canada engaged in a digital transformation discussion with Amazon Web Services, as evidenced by an email exchange between Mr. Wagner and the Directing Manager of Transformation at AWS.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01652 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a ’All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #516895 Involving Paul Wagner, Assistant Deputy Minister, Transformation, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on November 18, 2021. ’ (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
SSC and Amazon Web Services presented their reflections on the past 2 years of their partnership. The presentation covered their experiences with the GC Cloud initiative and discussed opportunities to improve their collaboration. The list of key participants and the agenda were available, but the presentation itself was not included.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00384 Submitted to Shared Services Canada (SSC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #514689 Involving Sony Perron, Executive Vice President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on September 07, 2021” (Shared Services Canada (SSC), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The SSC and Amazon Web Services partnership presentation covered their reflections on the past 2 years. The focus of the partnership was the GC Cloud initiative, where they discussed their joint experiences and identified opportunities to improve their collaboration. Although the presentation itself was not included, a list of key participants and an agenda was provided.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00384 Submitted to Shared Services Canada (SSC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #514689 Involving Sony Perron, Executive Vice President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on September 07, 2021” (Shared Services Canada (SSC), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) contacted the National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister to initiate a discussion about their assistance measures in Ukraine and the surrounding region. The collection of documents related to this contact includes a memorandum and speaking notes.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00558 Submitted to Privy Council Office (PCO) for Records Related to a ’All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #528512 Involving Martin Green, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office (PCO)and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on March 30, 2022. ’ (Privy Council Office (PCO), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Scheduled meeting between Sony Perron and Gabrielle Shead.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00374 Submitted to Shared Services Canada for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #534420 Involving Sony Perron, President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on May 31, 2022” (Shared Services Canada, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Amazon Web Services (AWS) contacted the National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister in order to discuss their assistance measures in Ukraine and the surrounding region. The collection of documents accompanying the contact includes a memorandum and speaking notes.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00558 Submitted to Privy Council Office (PCO) for Records Related to a “All Records Relatingto Registered Lobbying Communication #528510 Involving Jody Thomas,National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister, Privy CouncilOffice (PCO) and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on March 30, 2022” (Privy Council Office (PCO), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
Amazon Web Services (AWS) contacted the National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister to initiate a discussion regarding their assistance measures in Ukraine and the surrounding region. The collection of documents provided includes a memorandum and speaking notes.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00558 Submitted to Privy Council Office (PCO) for Records Related to a “Allrecords Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #512894 Involving Shawn Tupper, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office (PCO)and Amazon Web Services Canada, Inc. on July 07, 2021.” (Privy Council Office (PCO), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
Document includes some undisclosed information regarding Amazon’s finances, products and initiatives.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request ATI2024-002 Submitted to Business Development Bank of Canada for Records Related to a “All Records(All Notes, Documents, Drafts, Electronic Documents, Emails, Memos, Preparatory Meeting Notes, Reports and Presentations…Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication 535334 Involving Miguel Barrieras.” (Business Development Bank of Canada, 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  

Oracle Canada

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Oracle’s Vice President requested a meeting with Mr. Wagner to discuss Federal CIOs and engage in a conversation about Canada’s broader agenda of accelerating workload migration, cloud adoption, and other related topics, as indicated by an email exchange.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-01677 Submitted to Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) for Records Related to a ’All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #491552 Involving Paul Wagner, Interim Chief Technology Officer, Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS) and Oracle Canada on November 16, 2020. ’ (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), 2020), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  

IBM Canada Ltd.

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IBM has requested a meeting with the National Research Council (NRC) to discuss quantum computing. The meeting aims to explore the potential launch of a National Quantum Strategy spanning seven years (2021-2027) with a budget of $360 million. The discussion will include IBM’s presentation on their discovery accelerator, which took place on Wednesday, March 10. Additionally, IBM inquired about the NRC’s interest in partnering to deploy their quantum computer platform. Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-56 Submitted to National Research Council (NRC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #517778 Involving Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council (NRC) and IBM Canada Ltd. on November 29, 2021. All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #502234 Involving Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council (NRC) and IBM Canada Ltd. on March 10, 2021. Please Send All Documents as a PDF File.” (National Research Council (NRC), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
There will be a meeting between ECCC (Environment and Climate Change Canada), IBM, and SSC (Shared Services Canada) to discuss their collaboration. The meeting will focus on system upgrades, government plans, and potential risks.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00376 Submitted to Shared Services Canada for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #517776 Involving Sony Perron, Executive Vice-President, Shared Services Canada (SSC) and IBM Canada Ltd. on November 09, 2021.’ (Shared Services Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The documents include an email correspondence between the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) (Filipe Denis) and Louise Bosquet, Sheena van Veen and Louse Carter with IBM. The contents discuss setting up a meeting/call.  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2023-00019 Submitted to Bank of Canada for Records Related to a ’“All Records (All Notes, Documents, Drafts, Electronic Documents, Emails, Memos, Preparatory Meeting Notes, Reports and Presentations (Exclude Cabinet Confidences), Relating to Registered Lobbying Communications 540176 (Involving Tiff Macklem, Filipe Dinis and Sylvain Chalut)’ (Bank of Canada, 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Google Cloud Canada Corporation

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Pat Dorsey has requested a meeting to discuss tourism analytics and how it can assist the PEI government. The meeting agenda will cover various topics such as climate resilience, healthcare, government community, smart transportation solutions, and tourism.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00020 Submitted to Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #520087 Involving Patrick Dorsey, VP, PEI and Tourism, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Google Cloud Canada Corporation on Dec 9/2021” (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Uber Canada Inc.

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The documents include email correspondence between Uber Canada, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and the Privy Council Office (PCO). They discuss arranging a meeting to review the progress on the National agreement. The ongoing correspondence and presentation delve into the role of Uber as an employer in Canada.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00562 Submitted to Privy Council Office (PCO) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #535900 Involving Lisa Setlakwe, Assistant Secretary, Privy Council Office (PCO) and Uber Canada, Inc. on May 05, 2022” (Privy Council Office (PCO), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.  
The documents include email correspondence between Uber Canada, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and the Privy Council Office (PCO). They discuss arranging a meeting to review the progress on the National agreement. The ongoing correspondence and presentation delve into the role of Uber as an employer in CanadaGovernment of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00562 Submitted to Privy Council Office (PCO) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #523296 Involving Jeff Waring, Director General, Privy Council Office (PCO) and Uber Canada, Inc. on January 25, 2022.” (Privy Council Office (PCO), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The documents include email correspondence between Uber Canada, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and the Privy Council Office (PCO). They discuss arranging a meeting to review the progress on the National agreement. The ongoing correspondence and presentation delve into the role of Uber as an employer in Canada.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00562 Submitted to Privy Council Office (PCO) for Records Related to a ’ All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #535898 Involving Rodney Ghali, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office (PCO) and Uber Canada, Inc. on May 05, 2022.’ (Privy Council Office (PCO), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email exchange where Uber initiates a meeting with Public Safety Canada to discuss their Law Enforcement Operations Initiative. Uber is dedicated to safety, and they would like to share what they are doing with their Law Enforcement Response Team (LERT).  Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00387 Submitted to Public Safety Canada (PSC) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #514261 Involving Myriam Potvin, Executive Director, Public Safety Canada (PS) and Uber Canada, Inc. on August 10, 2021.” (Public Safety Canada (PSC), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.

Microsoft Canada Inc.

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The document includes an email correspondence, research on Brad Smith for the Minister and what topics they can expect to discuss in the meeting prepared for Minister Champagne meeting with Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00961 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #496320 Involving François-Philippe Champagne, Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on January 26, 2021” (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2021), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.
The document includes an email correspondence discussing Bill C-11 and plans. Notes following business consultations with the Canadian Chamber’s Digital Economy group and ISED. Speaking notes on the importance of telecom matters: policy direction, spectrum, telecom security and universal broadband fund.Government of Canada, Access to Information Request A-2022-00959 Submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Records Related to a “All Records Relating to Registered Lobbying Communication #535105 Involving Mark Schaan, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and Microsoft Canada Inc. on May 31, 2022.” (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 2022), http://open.canada.ca/en/access-to-information.