Ontario Is Moving To A New Data Centre
McGuinty Government Strengthens Security, Provides Better Service
Ontario is moving to a new information data centre, replacing an aging centre that can no longer support the province's expanding information technology needs.
This new centre will ensure better online services, future reliability and enhanced security of personal information.
To minimize disruption to the public, service interruptions will take place during low traffic periods including overnight and on weekends. As services are moved to the new centre, some services will be unavailable for short periods of time, including ServiceOntario online and kiosk services and some ministry websites.
ServiceOntario online and kiosk services, including driver licence and vehicle registration, health card and business services will be unavailable starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 3 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Some additional ministry websites will be unavailable until Saturday at 2 p.m.
- ServiceOntario centres across the province will remain open during regularly scheduled hours.
- The province's data centres house the critical information technology infrastructure needed for supporting essential public services, such as the radio dispatch network for emergency health services, health card and driver records, and electronic payment systems for social services.
- The new Ontario data centre has achieved Tier 4 certification - the highest standard for reliability and security, as set out by the Uptime Institute, an internationally recognized, third-party certification organization.
“By moving IT services to our new data centre, we are ensuring that Ontarians have access to a system that is robust, reliable and responsive to their needs now and into the future. The new data centre also features the highest standards in security, providing Ontarians with an assurance that their personal information will remain safe and secure.”
Harinder S. Takhar