Taking the Next Step in Transparency
Ontario Makes Mandate Letters for Parliamentary Assistants Public
For the first time, Ontario has publicly released cabinet ministers' mandate letters to their Parliamentary Assistants, which outline their role and responsibilities in helping to deliver on the government's plan.
Today's move follows the unprecedented release in September of mandate letters from Premier Kathleen Wynne to each of her ministers. The government has posted both sets of mandate letters online to show in detail how it will carry out its plan to build Ontario up. Making mandate letters available to the public is part of the Open Government initiative to share a wide array of information, so citizens can engage more with the government and become more involved in decision-making.
The letters released today outline the key role Parliamentary Assistants play in building partnerships with businesses, labour, educators and academia, not-for-profits and communities, which are at the heart of Ontario's collaborative approach to growing the economy, creating jobs and improving people's lives. The letters emphasize the government's commitment to balance the budget by 2017-18 and pursue increased openness, accountability and modernization.
Heightening accountability and transparency across government to help ensure tax dollars are spent wisely is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board, is leading Ontario’s efforts to become the most open and transparent government in Canada.
- The Open Government initiative makes it easier for people to: interact with government through new tools and technologies, access government information and leverage government data to solve everyday problems and develop new ideas.
- Ontario has released 213 data sets as part of the Open Government initiative.
“Parliamentary Assistants work closely with ministers to support the implementation of key programs and initiatives. We are making their mandate letters public so the people of Ontario can see clearly how we are delivering on our plan to grow the economy and create jobs.”