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New Open Data Directive Drafted with Feedback from Ontarians
As part of Ontario’s commitment to Open Government the province is making government data publicly available to increase transparency and spur innovation.
The Open Data Directive will take effect on April 1, 2016 and will apply to all Ontario ministries and provincial agencies requiring them to make data public, unless it is exempt for privacy, legal, confidentiality, security or commercially sensitive reasons. The directive will ensure that open data does not contain personal or confidential information.
The government collects and generates data on a wide variety of topics such as school enrolment and traffic volume. The new directive will give the public greater access to this data to use for a variety of purposes, including research and application development to help Ontarians tackle everyday problems like gridlock.
The province engaged with Ontarians on the draft directive to make sure it reflects their needs, and used public feedback to help shape the final version. Ontario was the first jurisdiction in Canada to consult on a draft open data directive.
Creating a more open and transparent government is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Open Data Directive responds to some of the recommendations made by the Open Government Engagement Team on how Ontario can be more open and transparent.
- More than 400 open data sets are already available on Ontario’s Open Data Catalogue.
- Seven of the top 25 most-voted data sets are now online, including Public Sector Salary Disclosure data, and work continues to open the most popular data sets.
- Through Open Government, Ontario is improving transparency and accountability, giving the public more opportunities to weigh-in on government decision-making, and increasing access to government data and information.
- A directive is a binding document that sets out mandatory requirements and responsibilities for the Ontario Public Service and provincial agencies.