May 2021
Ontario's Digital and Data Strategy: A Digital Ontario

2021-05-20 2:55:26 PM

At the end of April, the Province released  Building a Digital Ontario, its digital and data strategy that forms part of the Ontario Onward Action Plan.

The vision of the strategy is to “make Ontario the world’s leading digital jurisdiction”.

There are several objectives identified below and we have pulled out a few of the initiatives within the Strategy.

Equipped to succeed — Ontarians will have the skills and access to participate and work in a digital world

The Province will launch a Digital and Data Innovation Fellows Program which will have selected Fellows from leading technology institutions who will work with provincial ministries and agencies to increase digital and data learning.  In addition, Strategic Data Leadership Councils made up of industry experts will be convened by Summer 2021 to provide targeted sector-specific advice to government on harnessing data.

Safe and Secure — people will trust that their privacy is protected and they are safe when they interact or do business online

With a focus on privacy, Ontario will be working on developing a “Know Your Data Rights” portal to help Ontario’s learned to better protect their data. Digital and Data standards will be developed to provide industries with guidance on how to address issues like digital privacy and security

Connected — Ontarians will have access to the data they need to make good decisions for their health, education, life and business

The Province will create a Provincial Data Authority supported by a Special Advisor, recognizing that data is “the most valuable assets of the 21st century”. A public consultation is expected to be launched in Summer 2021 to help inform the design of the data authority. The Province will also develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI)Framework to guide responsible and equitable use of AI.

Supported — people will enjoy convenient, reliable and accessible citizen-centred services that are available when and where they need them.

As previously identified, the Province wants to introduce a new optional, government-issued digital id. This is one part of an approach towards user-centred services.

AMCTO welcomes modernization and guidance on digital government. AMCTO will be monitoring progress on this work as we know that these initiatives have a significant impact on municipalities from service delivery to general operations.  
Ontario News Release
Building a Digital Ontario
Ontario Onwards: Action Plan


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