New fund to help Ontario better serve people, businesses


Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
The Ontario government is investing $500 million over four years to make public sector services more customer-focused, and more efficient and cost effective. The funding is flowing through the Ontario Onwards Acceleration Fund to support modernization projects such as making government services more digitally accessible, reducing red tape and simplifying policies, and improving government purchasing to save both time and money. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover.
Details were announced today by Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation, Amy Fee, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, and Michael Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
“The world has changed, and government must change with it. We have a responsibility to apply the lessons learned from COVID-19 to transform government and better serve the people and businesses of this province,”said Minister Bethlenfalvy. “The Ontario Onwards Acceleration Fund is a vital step in achieving our vision of making Ontario the most digitally advanced jurisdiction in the world as we invest in projects that will deliver measurable, quantifiable and evidence-based results.”
The new Ontario Onwards Acceleration Fund will help with the implementation of projects that emphasize digital-first and lean methods to ensure efficient and effective delivery, while also providing seed funding to set up pilot projects that test-drive new initiatives that show promise. In some cases this could include collaboration with the private sector.

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