Canadian Open Data Summit held in the North

Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke and Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai welcomed delegates from across Canada, both virtually and in person, to the Canadian Open Data Summit that was held in Whitehorse this week. This was the first time the Summit has been held in Canada’s North.

This annual summit was an opportunity for open data practitioners and advocates from the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and all levels of government to continue to work together to address the most pressing challenges facing the open data community. It also provided an opportunity for them to share their unique insights, experiences and achievements.

This year’s summit focused on three key themes:

  • data-driven innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • Indigenous data sovereignty; and
  • open data on the front lines of climate change.

It is great that our territory was able to host the Canadian Open Data Summit, marking the first time this summit has been held in the North. These past two days have been a forum where open data practitioners from across the country could learn from one another and share unique perspectives on how we can continue to use open data to benefit all of our communities. 

Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke

The Canadian Open Data Summit is an excellent opportunity for leaders in the technology and innovation fields to gather, share ideas and inspire one another. Our government is committed to working side by side with other members of the open data community to build a prosperous economy that supports innovative businesses, entrepreneurs and Yukoners. 

Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • This is the first time the Canadian Open Data Summit has been held in the North. The Summit was held on November 7 and 8, 2022. Previous host cities include Montreal, Niagara Falls and Edmonton.

  • Northern open data practitioners shared the innovative ways open data is used to benefit their communities. 

  • The Government of Yukon’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act 2021 (ATIPP) promotes the proactive disclosure of government data. The open data portal houses machine-readable datasets while the open information portal provides access to manuals, directives, reports, policies, organizational charts and more.

  • The Yukon’s open government portal is seeing four times more yearly traffic than in 2019.


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Brittany Cross
Communications, Highways and Public Works

Damian Topps
Communications, Economic Development

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