Public Access to Science Act

An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (scientific research)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


Elizabeth May  Green

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of June 18, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Access to Information Act to require the designated Minister to publish all records composed in whole or in part of publicly funded scientific research not later than six months following the conclusion of the research as well as on an ongoing basis.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Public Access to Science ActRoutine Proceedings

June 18th, 2015 / 10:10 a.m.
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Elizabeth May Green Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC


seconded by Mr. Rathgeber, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-699, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (scientific research).

She said: Mr. Speaker, it is a real honour. I want to thank my colleague from Edmonton—St. Albert for seconding the bill.

This is a bill that deals with an issue that has been very much of concern to Canadians, that scientific research conducted within the Government of Canada has not been as accessible as it used to be.

The act to amend the Access to Information Act for scientific research, the short title of which will be the public access to science act, references that access and the pursuit of scientific knowledge and information is a pillar of a healthy democracy, that public policy, as developed within this house and throughout the Government of Canada must rest on evidence, and that evidence comes through scientific research.

The effect of the bill would be very straightforward. With the passage of the bill, all publicly funded science in Canada must be made public, must be made public expeditiously, and must be accessible to all Canadians.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)