Ontario’s cabinet ministers today released progress reports detailing how the government is delivering on the priorities laid out in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mandate letters. As part of the Premier’s Open Government Initiative, the cabinet ministers’ reports were published online, bringing Ontario closer to its goal of becoming the most open and transparent government in Canada. In September 2014, the Premier’s mandate letters to ministers — 30 in total — were made available to the public for the first time. Mandate letters outline the specific priorities for each member of cabinet and their ministry. Ministers were directed to work with one another on overarching priorities such as building modern infrastructure, poverty reduction, skills training and growing the economy. Since September 2014, Ontario’s ministers have made substantial progress delivering on the government’s priorities, including:
- Making the largest investment in infrastructure in Ontario’s history — more than $134 billion over 10 years on priorities such as roads, bridges and transit.
- Helping provide retirement security for the two-thirds of Ontario workers without a workplace pension by creating a framework to establish the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.
- Announcing the introduction of a cap and trade program to fight climate change, and the government’s intention to link its cap and trade program with Québec, Manitoba and California’s, consistent with the Western Climate Initiative.
- Releasing It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, and committing $41 million over three years to support its implementation.
- Improving consumer convenience and choice while maintaining a strong commitment to social responsibility by expanding the sale of beer to 58 grocery stores across the province.
- Hosting the largest international multi-sport event ever held on Canadian soil — the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games — welcoming more than 10,000 athletes and officials, and millions of fans from across the Americas and Caribbean.
Maintaining a high standard of transparency and accountability to the public is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Ontario is adopting best practices that have been working in other jurisdictions to inform its approach to Open Government. Governments in Canada and about 60 other countries are implementing Open Government initiatives to improve transparency, effectiveness and accountability.
- People can visit Ontario.ca/open to see what the government is working on and learn how to get involved.
- The government has released a vast amount of data on the Open Data websitethat people can use to help dream up new business ideas and solve everyday problems.