Public services around the world face immense challenges when responding to rapid changes and complex policy problems against a backdrop of intense fiscal pressure and rising citizen expectations. As such, public services must adapt accordingly. The Ontario Public Service (OPS) too faces these challenges. In response, the OPS initiated its Public Service Renewal project based on what is outlined in this discussion document, Transforming the Ontario Public Service for the Future. The discussion document lays out the current state of the OPS and its efforts to drive transformation in the short term, while also setting out key directions for what will be needed for the OPS for the future.
To date, the Public Service Renewal project team and the Secretary of the Cabinet have engaged with OPS employees to gather their feedback and input to help shape what the future of the OPS could look like. However, the Public Service Renewal project team recognized that this cannot be a conversation that happens only among OPS employees. It is also about reimagining the relationship between Ontario’s public servants and Ontarians. Therefore, Ontarians must also be active participants in shaping the future of the OPS.
The OPS engaged the Policy Innovation Platform at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) to host an engagement session with participants from a variety of sectors outside the OPS. This session invited Ontarians to help shape the future of the OPS based on their relationship and interactions with the OPS. We had the following breakdown of attendees: