Milestones in Ontario’s Open Government Initiative

October 2013 Open Government initiative launched.
April 2014 Open data voting tool launched.
175+ open data sets published.
May 2015 Public consulted on the Open Data Directive.
400+ open data sets published.
November 2015 Final Open Data Directive released.
April 2016 Ontario is selected to be part of the Open Government Partnership’s new pilot program. Ontario’s Open Data Directive came into force.
500+ open data sets published
August 2016 Public invited to submit open government ideas as part of the Open Government Partnership pilot program. Ministries start to add their data inventories to the Data Catalogue.
May 2017 We adopted the International Open Data Charter.
We published more directives as part of our commitment to Open Government.
June 2017 Our mid-term self-assessment report and progress update is posted.

Available at [Accessed 2017-09-01]


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