Global hunt on to get a digital trailblazing boss for Ontario

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A  global hunt has begun for Ontario’s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to lead the province’s transformation to become the most open, transparent and digitally connected government in Canada.

The CDO and his digital trailblazing role was first announced in Ontario’s 2016 Budget, and is a critical milestone in the delivery of the government’s flagship digital strategy to make life easier for people by meeting their needs in the most convenient way, which is increasingly online, the government said in a statement.  The CDO will head up Ontario’s Digital Government Office, serve as Chair of the province’s first digital government board and partner with people across government and communities to lead transformation.

Approximately 90 per cent of people in Ontario use the internet to shop, find information, connect with one another, and learn new skills. Modernizing government for the digital age by delivering simple, easy-to-use and straightforward online services creates a better experience for citizens.

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Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Minister Responsible for Digital Government, said: “Public expectations have been shaped by their experiences using private-sector digital services, and we want to meet – or exceed – those expectations. This is a one-of-a-kind senior executive opportunity to reinvent government for the digital age.”

Ontario’s first CDO will have the important job of setting and executing a bold vision for Ontario through its Digital Government Action Plan–the province’s roadmap for change. This digital transformation will put people first and design faster, cheaper, and more convenient services using modern and emerging technologies.

The Chief Digital Officer is a Deputy Minister-level position and will report to the Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service, and to Ontario’s first Minister Responsible for Digital Government.

  • Digital channels are the most common ways people seek out government information in Ontario. In 2014, 74 per cent of people visited a website, compared to 13 per cent who wrote a letter to a government department or agency.
  •—the government’s flagship website designed using industry-standard, modern and flexible technologies—has already resulted in quicker and easier access to government services and information, as well as $4 million in efficiencies to date. – CINEWS
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