Ontario Launches New Consultations Directory and Public Engagement Framework
New Tools to Help Engage More Ontarians in Government Decisions
As part of Ontario's commitment to Open Government, the province is launching new tools that will give more Ontarians a voice in government decision-making.
Ontario's new online Public Consultations Directory provides one window access for Ontarians to find information about and participate in consultations. The directory will also provide information and results from past public consultations.
To help engage the public in more meaningful ways, solve problems and create effective solutions, Ontario has also developed a Public Engagement Framework. This tool, unique to Ontario, lays out different approaches to public engagement and will help to increase the quality of public engagement, leading to better policy, programs and services.
Creating a more open and transparent government is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority -- growing the economy and creating jobs. The 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.
- The province has held more than 30 public consultations since 2015, including the recent pre-budget consultations and the ongoing Strategy for a Safer Ontario consultations. Through the online Budget Talks tool, the public submitted 1,732 ideas, 53,402 votes and 4,340 comments on themes such as education, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare.
- A new Open Government online Project Tracker allows the public to track the government’s progress on key Open Government initiatives.
- Ontario’s Open Data Directive, which was developed with help from the public and makes government data open by default, comes into force on April 1, 2016 for all government ministries and provincial agencies.
- Through Open Government, Ontario is improving transparency and accountability, giving the public more opportunities to weigh-in on government decision-making, and increasing access to government data and information.
“We are engaging a broader, more diverse range of Ontarians in more meaningful ways to get their feedback and improve public services. Our new consultations directory and public engagement framework will help us better engage with Ontarians and give them a say in the policies, programs and services that affect their daily lives, making them stronger as a result. This is part of Ontario’s commitment to be the most open and transparent government in the country.”
“We are testing new and innovative public engagement approaches through projects like the Red Tape Challenge, where we’re crowd-sourcing feedback from businesses and the public to identify outdated, costly or unnecessary regulatory requirements on business. Ontario’s new Public Engagement Framework will help us create more effective policy and make our interactions with businesses and the public more meaningful.”