Pelmorex, which owns the Weather Network, makes the case for open data in its submission to the Digital Economy Strategy:
The Government of Canada should continue and expand it practice of adopting digital technologies and making its own digital content freely available. An example of government’s success in this area can be found within Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service. Through ongoing consultation with the private sector, the Meteorological Service of Canada has made a broad array of weather information freely available, allowing private sector firms like Pelmorex to develop valued added products and services for Canadian businesses and consumers. In Pelmorex’s view government, including the provinces and territories must emphasize making information freely available so as to support increased private sector productivity and to encourage the development of new digital economy products and services.