Government of Ontario goes global in its search for first chief digital officer

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

After announcing that Deb Mathews would become Ontario’s first-ever Minister Responsible for Digital Government, the government has announced an openness to looking outside of Canada for its first chief digital officer.

The chief digital officer will report to Matthews as the government coordinates efforts engage citizens online. The province estimates that about 90 percent of people in Ontario use the internet for daily activities like shopping, finding information, and learning new skills.

“Public expectations have been shaped by their experiences using private-sector digital services, and we want to meet – or exceed – those expectations,” said Matthews. “This is a one-of-a-kind senior executive opportunity to reinvent government for the digital age.”

For this reason, the government is looking to modernize its services with an easy-to-use and straightforward online platform. On the official job posting, the government said that it is looking for someone who can “design digital services and products around user needs; attract in-demand digital talent and advance digital skills organization-wide; and deliver the best-possible citizen experience on an industry-leading web platform.”

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.