The Government of Ontario promotes an Open by Default approach to the proactive release of Data.
The Open Data initiative supports government efficiency, effectiveness and innovation. Faster and easier access to Government Data through a one-window data portal facilitates evidence-based policy, informs service delivery and promotes greater transparency and accountability.
The Open Data initiative also supports public engagement and participation by allowing Ontarians to develop their own analysis, insights, and digital products.
In order to maximize access to government data, the Ontario’s Open Data Directive requires all data to be made public, unless it is exempt for legal, privacy, security, confidentiality or commercially-sensitive reasons. The Directive sets out key principles and requirements for publishing open data, and applies to data created and managed by Ontario ministries and provincial agencies, such as prioritization criteria. In fact, Ministries and Provincial Agencies should prioritize the release of data with high social and economic value. In line with this, OFC must publish data that high-value datasets that are i) collected or produced in support of government priorities, and, ii) mandated by act or statute, such as:
Information on registration practices of Ontario regulators. Contains both quantitative and qualitative information. Includes the number of applicants and registrants in a given year, registration requirements and appeal processes.
Data is published in the language in which it’s collected. To obtain assistance in either official language, please contact us.