Ontario Inviting Public Feedback on Open Government Initiatives
Public feedback to help Ontario make life easier for people and business
Ontario is inviting the public to submit ideas to help the province become the most open and digitally-connected government in Canada. This initiative is part of the province's commitment to open and digital government, and will allow Ontarians to have a say in government decisions.
The ideas generated will help the government create commitments that will:
- Improve access to government-held information
- Strengthen transparency and accountability
- Increase public participation in government decision-making
- Expand the use of technology to make life easier for people
Ontarians can submit their ideas online until August 26. Ideas will be assessed against the selection criteria and posted online for public voting in September 2016. Final commitments will then be chosen during in-person workshop sessions with the public and community groups in the fall.
Ontario will implement these commitments in 2017 with advice from a forum including members of the public, civil society and government employees.
Creating a more open and digitally-connected government is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes 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 infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is 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 Open Government Partnership (OGP) works in 69 countries to promote government transparency & empower citizens through concrete commitments. Ontario is one of 15 subnational governments chosen for the Pioneer’s Tier of the pilot program.
- This engagement process is part of Ontario’s involvement in the Open Government Partnership. In April 2016, Ontario was recognized for its Open Government achievements to date and was one of 15 jurisdictions worldwide selected to participate in the pilot program.
- Ontario is increasing opportunities for the public to contribute to government decision-making, in order to achieve better policy, programs and services for Ontarians, with projects like the Public Engagement Framework and online Consultations Directory.
- Ontario is expanding its online data catalogue as part of its commitment to making government data open by default. The catalogue is currently being populated to include all data, regardless of status, that is created, collected, and managed by the government of Ontario.
- Ontario is creating a Digital Government Action Plan to transform government online.
“We are making progress towards our goal of becoming the most open government in the country. Now we want Ontarians’ input and advice to help us build on our accomplishments and take the next steps to improve transparency and collaboration.”
“Digital Government is about engaging people anywhere, any time, on any device. That’s why we will continue to seek out opportunities like this to use digital tools and engage with people about how we can reinvent government for the digital age.”
“We are looking forward to working with Ontario to develop innovative and ambitious commitments that will push the boundaries of Open Government. We are proud to support Ontario in its efforts to become a more transparent and collaborative government.”