New Initiatives to Increase Public Engagement in Ontario
Province Continues Work to Make Government More Open and Transparent
Ontario is continuing to build on its commitment to become the most open government in the country by implementing new initiatives that will strengthen transparency, increase public engagement and boost accessibility across government.
Minister Liz Sandals, President of the Treasury Board, announced Ontario's three new open government commitments at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris, France. The new initiatives were crowdsourced with ideas from people across Ontario earlier this year and then posted for public voting. The top ideas were assessed at public workshops this fall and will be implemented with the help of the public and community groups throughout 2017.
Ontario's newest open government commitments include:
- Strengthening Ontario's commitment to making government data open by default by adopting the International Open Data Charter. Adopting the charter will further enhance Ontario's own Open Data Directive by supporting the creation of common data standards and outlining specific deadlines by which progress toward implementation can be demonstrated.
- Increasing opportunities for young people across Ontario to share ideas for government programs and services by developing a digital engagement tool.
- Creating an open government training program for staff across the Ontario Public Service to help government continue to find new ways to boost openness and transparency.
Creating a more open and transparent government is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow its economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- As part of the Open Government Partnership’s subnational pilot program, the province has worked with the public and community partners to develop the three new open government commitments.
- Ontario is one of 15 subnational governments participating in the Open Government Partnership’s pilot program. The Open Government Partnership works in 70 countries to promote government transparency and empower citizens through concrete commitments.
- Participation in the Open Government Partnership is one of the ways the province is becoming a more transparent, collaborative and digitally-connected government for the people of Ontario. These commitments build on the strong foundation the province has created through a number of key open government initiatives.
- Ontario is increasing opportunities for the public to contribute to government decision-making in order to achieve better policy, programs and services for people with projects like the Public Engagement Framework, the online Consultations Directory and BudgetTalks.
- 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.
“I am very pleased with the progress Ontario is making on our open government commitments. I am excited to see how our new initiatives will help continue to drive us forward. We will continue working with the people of Ontario in the coming months to implement these new ideas, helping us become the most open and transparent government in the country.”
“Ontario has a goal of becoming Canada's most open, transparent and digitally-connected government by designing faster, simpler, better digital services around user needs. I’m delighted to say that the commitments made by our government at the Open Government Partnership’s Global Summit will help us deliver on this goal.”