Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today a new Open Government
initiative to "increase openness, transparency and
accountability, and boost innovation and economic
An engagement team has been formed to report back by the the
Spring of 2014 on ways in which Open Government can be implemented
propel innovation and encourage economic growth through open
data sets and more open information;
increase engagement with the people of Ontario while
strengthening trust and confidence in the government;
enhance accountability and transparency.
The engagement team is promising. It is chaired by Donald G.
Lenihan, who is currently leading an engagement initiative
regarding amendments to the province's Condominium Act.
The team is diverse and includes Leslie Church, Global
Communications and Public Affairs for Google Canada and Ray Sharma,
founder of XMG Sudio Inc.
In a letter to the people of Ontario, Premier Wynne stated that
data sets would be opened on issues such as gridlock, student
achievement and wait times, and people will be able to vote on
information they would like to access to help prioritize the order
that data sets are made available. Each of the Government's 27
ministries has been asked to develop a plan on how they will become
open and engaged.
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