Waterfront Toronto is a partnership between the Ottawa, Ontario, and City of Toronto governments. It is not subject to Freedom of Information legislation.
The Corporation should formally request the Province to make it subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Public-private partnerships are becoming increasingly common. For democracy to work, Canadians need to know how their government is operating and spending public money.
Canada Infrastructure Bank is negotiating with Sidewalk Labs, but as a quasi-commercial entity, it cannot release information related to private sector investors.
Another layer of complexity...
Canada's information commissioners have proposed: 1. Access to Information coverage to be based on a criteria that include government funding and the delivery of public services 2. Proactive disclosure of all procurement records. 3. Cabinet can ensure that the public has full information about infrastructure funding
Reform of FOI laws is needed...
Unlocking transparency and ensuring meaningful civic participation