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Improving government services in the digital age

By Teresa D'Andrea in category Digital on September 18, 2018

As a government, our goal is to provide easily accessible, integrated, and trusted public services to Canadians. However, we can only accomplish this if we move past massive projects with rigid designs that are built in silos, with minimal input from our users. The Digital Standards form the foundation that will guide the Government of Canada's shift towards becoming more agile, open, and user-…

Update on direction to enable access to web services

By Imraan Bashir in category Digital on September 13, 2018

It’s been roughly 3 months since we released the Policy Implementation Notice (PIN) on the Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use (PANDU), so I figured now would be a good time for an update on how this exercise is going across the Government of Canada (GC). For the most part, I have to say that the PIN was well-received. I wasn’t shocked that it would be well-received by end users, but I’m…

Next Generation HR and Pay, and how we’re going to do things differently

By Alex Benay in category Next Gen HR and Pay on August 28, 2018

As the President recently announced, the Government of Canada is taking steps towards the creation of a new pay system. It’s important and exciting work, and we’re committed to doing things differently. We’re exploring options for a next generation HR and pay system that can eventually replace Phoenix. What will be different? The question that I’m sure is on a lot of people’s mind right now is…

Open as a Foundation for Digital Government

By Marc Brouillard in category Digital, Open Government on August 17, 2018

Open Standards, Open Source Software, Open Markets and Open Culture The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, was recently appointed the first Minister of Digital Government, just one of several fundamental changes the Government of Canada (GC) has made in the last year to adopt a more focused digital approach. With so much positive change happening in the public service, I’d…

Our continuing journey to develop the rules and guidance for a digital government

By Alex Benay in category Digital on August 10, 2018

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…

Towards a New Open Government Guidebook

By The Open Government Team in category Open Government on July 25, 2018

Since the Open Government portal launched in 2011, we’ve learned a lot about releasing data and information. We’ve heard from data users and curators, worked through challenges and shared knowledge. We’ve now compiled these best practices into an Open Government Guidebook to make the process of releasing data easier and clearer for government organizations. Ultimately, we are hoping to help…

Multilateral intergovernmental collaboration on identifying datasets of high value

By Moses Iziomon in category Open Government on June 28, 2018

Open data provides citizens with huge benefits on a daily basis. Among other things, it gets you your weather forecast, improves transportation services and allows you to analyze budgetary datasets to understand government expenditures. Federal, provincial and territorial governments (and municipalities) across Canada are custodians of a large amount of data. Currently, each government defines…

Regulatory Cooperation Benefits Both Canada and the US

By The Honourable Scott Brison in category Regulatory Cooperation on June 21, 2018

Canada and the United States have a long history of cooperation in everything from auto manufacturing and environmental protection to border security and defence. With so much ongoing collaboration between our 2 countries, the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of better harmonizing our regulatory processes for people and businesses on both sides of the border. The Regulatory…

Championing Open Government in the Public Health Agency of Canada

By Craig Cluney in category Open Government on June 18, 2018

Craig Cluney In November 2017, the President of the Public Health Agency of Canada asked me to serve as the Agency's Open Government Champion. Like other Champions, my primary role is to ensure that the initiative becomes part of the culture and way of doing business in the organization and remains a priority with senior management. Starting in this new role, I was aware that being open and…

Enabling #GCdigital with pragmatic security

By Imraan Bashir in category Digital on June 15, 2018

Governments today function through constant communication and collaboration with external partners. We’re long past the days of building programs behind closed doors. Being able to work the community where they are, using the tools they use, is fundamental to the #GCdigital and #opengov agendas, and the cyber security team I lead is trying to make that easier. Since I started working in cyber…

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