As the Government of Canada continues its forward march into digital space, my public service colleagues are tackling the inevitable challenges that accompany such a fundamental change in how we do business and serve the public. An important part of the process has been working in collaboration with citizens and stakeholders to build a digital and open government agenda (for example, via open government and digital service engagement). Thank you to those that have participated to date. Your input has been crucial to our progress.
Next up: developing a digital policy to support our ongoing transition to digital government. A new Digital Policy will be an integrated, 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, and technology, as well as components of cybersecurity.
Our Digital Standards will guide our efforts. These are about putting our clients first, managing effectively and securely Canadians’ and the government’s information and data, being open and transparent, and making smart use of technology.
While these are the internal rules that shape how the Government of Canada manages itself, we want your thoughts on how we can improve.
So how do you think our rules and guidelines could evolve from “analogue” to digital?
Some further questions to ponder:
- What are the opportunities in respect to digital to improve how government operates and interacts with Canadians? What are the challenges?
- What areas or aspects of service delivery should be the Government of Canada’s focus in the digital era? What is required to support delivery of digital services?
- How can a digital policy support the digital transformation of the Government of Canada? Of a department or a program?
I invite you to submit your ideas directly by email to Treasury Board Secretariat. You can also request an account and join the discussion at the Digital-Numérique group on GCcollab.ca.
I look forward to getting your thoughts. We will report back on the feedback received and use this to inform future development of the Digital Policy.
Thank you in advance.
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