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Search is On for Ontario's First Chief Digital Officer

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Search is On for Ontario's First Chief Digital Officer

Ontario Goes Global to Find Digital Trailblazer to Transform the Citizen Experience

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is kicking off a global search for its first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to lead Ontario's transformation to become the most open, transparent and digitally connected government in Canada.

The CDO role was first announced in Ontario's 2016 Budget, and is a critical milestone in the delivery of the government's flagship digital strategy to make life easier for people by meeting their needs in the most convenient way, which is increasingly online.

Approximately 90 per cent of people in Ontario use the internet to shop, find information, connect with one another, and learn new skills. Modernizing government for the digital age by delivering simple, easy-to-use and straightforward online services creates a better experience for citizens.

Ontario's first CDO will have the important job of setting and executing a bold vision for Ontario through its Digital Government Action Plan--the province's roadmap for change. This digital transformation will put people first and design faster, cheaper, and more convenient services using modern and emerging technologies.

Ontario's commitment to making life easier for people through the use of technology is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. This four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • The CDO will head up Ontario’s Digital Government Office, serve as Chair of the province’s first digital government board and partner with people across government and communities to lead transformation.
  • The Chief Digital Officer is a Deputy Minister-level position and will report to the Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service, and to Ontario’s first Minister Responsible for Digital Government.
  • Digital channels are the most common ways people seek out government information in Ontario. In 2014, 74 per cent of people visited a website, compared to 13 per cent who wrote a letter to a government department or agency.
  • Ontario.ca—the government’s flagship website designed using industry-standard, modern and flexible technologies—has already resulted in quicker and easier access to government services and information, as well as $4 million in efficiencies to date.

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“Public expectations have been shaped by their experiences using private-sector digital services, and we want to meet – or exceed - those expectations. This is a one-of-a-kind senior executive opportunity to reinvent government for the digital age.”

Deb Matthews

Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Minister Responsible for Digital Government

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