Highlights from Ontario Cabinet Shuffle
June 13, 2016
Ontario Premier Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced changes to her cabinet, including a number of changes of interest to the library and information management community.
Deb Matthews remains Deputy Premier and, as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, will lead Ontario’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. Mitzie Hunter takes on the role of Minister of Education, preparing our youngest learners for success. Together, Matthews and Hunter will focus on building the highly skilled workforce that is key to Ontario’s future economic success.
Matthews also becomes Ontario’s first Minister Responsible for Digital Government. In this new role, she will help Ontario become a North American leader in accelerating how citizens engage and interact with government through the power of digital technology.
Introducing a Minister Responsible for Digital Government
Information technology is changing the way Ontarians work, play and access public services. The Minister Responsible for Digital Government will ensure Ontario is the most modern and digital government in Canada. In Ontario, new IT initiatives and partnerships help people renew their driver’s licence online and access data about government programs. The government is creating a Chief Digital Officer, a Deputy Minister-level position reporting to the Minister Responsible for Digital Government, to help co-ordinate the government’s efforts in delivering services and working with citizens online.
This will be the first time Ontario has had a minister specifically responsible for Digital Government. The minister will ensure Ontario becomes a North American leader in accelerating the way citizens engage and interact with their government through the power of digital technology.
Ministers for Portfolios of Interest to the LIS/IM Community:
- Deputy Premier
- Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
- Chair of Cabinet
- Minister Responsible for Digital Government
- President of the Treasury Board
- Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Minister of Infrastructure
- Minister of Children and Youth Services
- Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism
- Minister of Municipal Affairs
- Minister of Education
- Minister of Government and Consumer Services
- Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
- Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport