Reducing Websites While Improving Access Online
McGuinty Government Saving Money, Making Online Services More Efficient
Ontario is making it easier to get information and services online and saving an estimated $1.3 million of taxpayer money over the next two years.
More than 200 websites were reviewed and over 65 sites were selected to be eliminated or merged with other sites by March 2012. Money will be saved through consolidated technology, infrastructure and maintenance costs as result of these changes.
Internal government websites are also being reviewed, beginning with a freeze on developing new ones. Changes underway have already provided over $300,000 in additional savings.
As part of the Open Ontario Plan, the government is committed to providing access to online information such as finding a doctor or registering a birth. And eliminating waste and finding savings will help protect services in schools and hospitals that are important to Ontario families and help reduce the deficit and eliminate it completely by 2018.
- The McGuinty government has been finding savings and efficiencies to ensure the best use of public money, such as banning public sector perks and eliminating unnecessary government agencies.
- Government websites provide easy access to useful information, such as tax credits, health care options and wait times in your community.
- Parents can now apply for a birth certificate, a Social Insurance Number and Canada Child Benefits, including the Ontario Child Benefit, using Ontario's online Newborn Registration Service.
“Ontario families manage their budgets responsibly by focusing on priorities. In lean times they expect the government to look at small items in the budget as well as the big ones. This is just one modest example of how we're saving money to reduce the deficit and protect the gains we're making in our schools and health care.”
“We are finding ways to cut costs while improving the delivery of services we provide to Ontarians. We will continue to find efficiencies where we can to deliver better value for families.”