Open access in Canada

In Canada the Institutes of Health Research effected a policy of open access in 2008, which in 2015 expanded to include the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The Public Knowledge Project began in 1998 at University of British Columbia. Notable Canadian advocates for open access include Leslie Chan, Jean-Claude Guédon, Stevan Harnad, Heather Morrison, and John Willinsky.


  • Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal issued one of the world's first open access journals, Surfaces (ISSN 1188-2492) in 1991.
  • FACETS is Canada's first and only multidisciplinary open access journal in Canada.
  • Anthropocene Coasts, is a multidisciplinary international open access journal jointly published by Canadian Science Publishing and East China Normal University.
  • Arctic Science is a quarterly open-access peer-reviewed journal.


There are some 88 collections of scholarship in Canada housed in digital open access repositories.


Key events in the development of open access in Canada include the following:[according to whom?]

  • 1998
    • French-language Érudit online publishing platform launched.
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2017
    • Coalition Publica founded to support publishing in social sciences and humanities fields.

See also

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