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Transforming the Ontario Public Service for the Future

December 2017

Transforming the Ontario Public Service for the Future


Andrew Do

Andrew Do



Executive Summary

Hosted by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) and the Public Service Renewal team at Ontario’s Treasury Board Secretariat, this session included participants from the Greater Toronto Area who partner and collaborate with the OPS, including individuals representing:

  • Think tanks
  • Youth
  • Transfer payment agencies
  • Academics
  • Non-profits
  • Private sector organizations that provide consultation and other services to the OPS

The session was hosted at LinkedIn Canada. By working with a facilitator and convening in a neutral space, we helped create an environment that encouraged a free-flowing discussion.

Through structured activities, attendees explored what their ideal interactions with the OPS could look like in relation to four core principles that the OPS has identified as key to its future:

  1. Empowering Ontarians: Developing partnerships with the people of Ontario to develop public policy with them, and not just for them.
  2. Delivering evidence-based, outcome-focused policy: Using rigorous evidence to inform decisions and achieve better results in more cost-effective ways.
  3. Promoting open delivery systems: Opening more services to stakeholders and the public so we are better positioned to meet the needs of Ontarians in new and innovative ways.
  4. Cultivating an open and inclusive public service: Empowering OPS leaders and employees in creating a more open, diverse, and inclusive workplace.