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Unveiling the Government of Canada's Standards on APIs

By Marc Brouillard in category Other on February 7, 2019

As part of our commitment to advance Canada’s digital agenda, it is with great pride that we present the Government of Canada’s (GC) first ever Standards on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). APIs allow systems to communicate and share information with other systems. They are the backbone of a digital government. The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) has published these standards…

Working Toward a Next Generation HR and Pay Solution

By The Honourable Jane Philpott in category Next Gen HR and Pay on February 6, 2019

The most satisfying part of public service and political life is taking on complex and difficult problems and seeing those efforts produce results for Canadians. It is a great honour to be named President of the Treasury Board, and with it comes the great responsibility of leading Canada’s world-class public service. As a Parliamentarian and member of Cabinet, I closely followed the progress of…

Track Budget items on GC InfoBase

By Glenn Purves in category Other on February 5, 2019

Government is continuing its approach to synchronize the timing of the Budget and the Main Estimates to improve the clarity, transparency and accountability of reporting on government spending. GC InfoBase is a key tool in improving that transparency (you can learn about Budget Estimates Alignment by watching this new short video). In August, we took another step to foster even greater clarity…

Drafting a new Digital Policy for the Integrated Management of Service, Information and Data, Technology and Cyber-Security in the Digital Era

By Alex Benay in category Digital on January 18, 2019

Last year was a big year for digital government. We made a lot of progress advancing digital initiatives and celebrated many great achievements. I want to keep the momentum going by sharing recent advancements in the development of the new Digital Policy for the Government of Canada. The Digital Policy will serve as a single set of rules and guidelines that set out how Government of Canada…

Foundations for One Government

By Floyd Pushelberg in category Other on January 18, 2019

The Government of Canada has made a lot of progress on serving Canadians online, but in some ways we’re just getting started down the road. With recent updates to the Directive on Information Technology Management, we’re adding new signposts and guardrails. Building on the GC Digital Standards, we’re giving government departments guidance on how to operate in the digital space and implement the…

Data visualisation: How the National Energy Board succeeded to make its data more accessible

By Ryan Hum in category Accessibility, Open Government on January 16, 2019

The Data Visualization Primer, put together by the National Energy Board (NEB) in collaboration with Dr. Doris Kosminsky and the Open Data Team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, is a way for us to share what we have learned in building data visualization projects. From the get-go, our Data Visualization Initiative (DVI) was not an end to itself. This initiative was designed as a…

Next Gen user expo and engagement

By Alex Benay in category Next Gen HR and Pay on January 14, 2019

As part of our ongoing work to explore a future HR and pay solution for the government, I wanted to update you on our progress, particularly in terms of our efforts to engage and consult. On December 13 we held a LeadersGC Twitter Chat, which is an online series hosted by public servants for public servants with nearly 4,000 subscribers. Throughout the hour we solicited feedback on NextGen and…

2018 Open Gov Highlights

By Jaimie Boyd in category Open Government on January 7, 2019

It’s been a big year for open government in the Government of Canada! We launched a new National Action Plan on Open Government, took on the role of lead government chair of the Open Government Partnership, and tied for first place on the 2018 Open Data Barometer. Here are a few of my highlights from 2018. This is a totally subjective list, based entirely on views from the trenches. As always,…

#GCDigital: A Year in Review

By Alex Benay in category Digital on January 3, 2019

The Government of Canada (GC) has made important progress on the digital government agenda in 2018, but it was not without its challenges. This past year, the GC committed to moving the needle forward on some crucial pieces to help lay the foundation for success in its digital endeavours in 2019 and beyond. Here are a few examples that the #GCDigital community has to celebrate and build upon in…

Introducing the D9 & its Secretariat

By Jordan Storozuk in category Digital on December 20, 2018

You may have heard of the D5 or D7 or D9, only to find that it is not entirely clear what it is or why the name keeps changing. Even a quick Google search does not provide a solid answer. Is it a military tank? A group of European countries? A 1990’s wrestling move? In this case, none of the above. The D9 (Digital 9) is a network of the world’s leading digital governments and yes, we are working…

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