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Ontario's Data Strategy 

Ontario is experiencing a data revolution, powered by the internet, increased access to digital devices, and new technologies. Whether using smartphones, social media or search engines, nearly every Ontarian is now producing data every second of their digital lives. In response to these trends, the Government of Ontario is developing Ontario’s Data Strategy. The goals of the strategy are to:

  • introduce world-leading, best-in-class protections that benefit the public and ensure public trust and confidence in the data economy
  • enable Ontario firms to develop data-driven business models and leverage the commercial value of data 
  • unlock the value of government data by building the data skills and capabilities of public-sector employees and promoting the use of data-driven technologies to ultimately serve Ontarians better

Discussion paper 1: Promoting trust & confidence  

Our first discussion paper explores promoting trust and confidence in Ontario’s data economy. This paper aims to start a conversation about how the province should promote public trust and confidence in Ontario’s data economy, by posing questions for public discussion.

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Join the conversation about data rights

What we heard

Discussion paper 2: Creating economic benefits

Our second discussion paper explores creating economic benefits in Ontario's data economy. This paper aims to start a conversation about current issues and challenges, where Ontario hopes to be in the future data economy, and how our government can help get us there. 

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Complete our survey about data’s impact on the economy

Discussion paper 3: Advancing better, smarter government

Our third discussion paper explores advancing better, smarter government in Ontario. This paper aims to spark a discussion about how better data management, data skills, and data sharing across the government can improve outcomes for the people, businesses and communities of Ontario.

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