Vote on Ideas to Make Ontario the Most Open Government in Canada
Province Seeking Public Input to Improve Government Transparency and Digital Services
Ontario is inviting the public to vote on ideas to help the province become the most transparent and digitally-connected government in Canada. This initiative is part of the province's commitment to open and digital government, and its role in the Open Government Partnership's new pilot program.
In August, the public submitted ideas online to help Ontario further improve:
- Transparency - publishing government-held information and data and making it easier to access.
- Accountability - improving tools and processes that hold the government accountable for its decisions.
- Public participation - giving Ontarians more opportunities to weigh in on government decision-making to help solve problems and create more efficient programs.
- Technology and innovation - using innovative technology to improve transparency and accountability, increase public participation and help deliver better programs and services.
Ideas that meet the selection criteria are posted online for public voting until October 12. The top-voted ideas will move forward to public workshops for evaluation, and final commitments will then be selected.
Ontario will announce the final selections in December 2016. They will be implemented in 2017 with advice from the public, civil society and government employees.
Creating a more open and digitally-connected government is part of the government's economic 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 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.
- Ontario is one of 15 subnational governments around the world – and the first in Canada – to join the Open Government Partnership.
- 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 creating a Digital Government Action Plan to transform government online.
“We have heard from many Ontarians about their ideas for ways our province can further enhance transparency and public participation. Voting on the ideas we’ve received will help our government become the most open in Canada.”
“Ontario's digital agenda is about delivering simpler, better, more convenient services for Ontarians, anywhere, anytime and on any device. A critical part of this is opening the door to citizens to participate through consultations like these.”