On the heels of the Prime Minister announcing that the President of the Treasury Board would assume an expanded role as the first Canadian Minister of Digital Government, I want to provide you with an update on our efforts to develop a new Digital Policy that will help transition the Government of Canada into the digital era.
This new policy will support federal departments and agencies in operating effectively as digital organizations. This will be achieved through a single set of rules and guidelines for government departments and agencies that set out how the Government of Canada manages service delivery, information and data, technology, and cybersecurity.
When I last blogged about the launch of the Digital Policy, I was hopeful that taking an open approach to developing the internal rules to government would generate dialogue and ideas. Our open approach was a success! We received a high volume of thoughtful feedback from both the public and government officials on what this guidance might look like. Thank you for your participation.
We have now begun to lay the groundwork for high-level direction for a new Digital Policy informed by the ideas and feedback received, a review of the existing rules, and Government of Canada priorities. Although there is still much work to be done, a few recurring themes are already emerging. These themes provide an outline for some of the top priorities that a new Digital Policy will enable, including direction for:
- Continued focus on the user and their needs, be they Canadians or public officials;
- Better management and safeguarding of our information and data; and
- Evolution of government practices and processes to keep pace with the digital era.
Moving forward we will need to make sure that policy direction and accompanying guidance is developed in clear, simple and user-friendly language.
As we continue to develop the Digital Policy in the open, I invite your comments on our proposed high-level rules by September 11, 2018.
Your feedback will support us in further developing these policy directions, as we engage senior Government of Canada officials in late fall 2018.
I invite you to submit your ideas directly by email to Treasury Board Secretariat. If you have not already done so, you can also request an account and join the discussion at the Digital-Numérique group on GCcollab.ca.
I look forward to continuing our dialogue and will report back to you on what we hear through this stage of the development process.
Thank you in advance.
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