Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario's new Open Government initiative today, which will give the people of Ontario a more transparent and accessible government, and more opportunities to access information and engage with the government on things that matter to them.
A group of academic, business and community leaders will form an Open Government Engagement Team, which will be chaired by Don Lenihan. They will gather feedback from people across the province and report back to the government in spring, 2014.
The focus will be on three areas: open dialogue, so it is easier for people to connect and interact with government through new tools and technologies; open data, so people can access data to solve everyday problems and come up with new ideas; open information, which means creating even more transparency by sharing more information.
The Open Government initiative is part of the government's vision for One Ontario, where we will work together to build a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and enjoy a high quality of life.
People can visit Ontario.ca/open to see what the government is working on and learn how to get involved.
The government has launched an Open Data website at Ontario.ca/opendataas a first step towards unlocking the potential of valuable data.
The province also has an open data common licence which makes it easier for data users to collaborate and combine data from participating jurisdictions under the same common rules.