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WATCH: Province to expand digital services with new action plan

Announcement comes as province battles 2nd wave of COVID-19


 The Ontario government released an action plan today which it states is a roadmap to make public sector services more digitally accessible.

In a press release issued today, the government explained "One of the projects identified in the Action Plan is developing a digital identity, based on digital wallet technology. Starting in January 2021, the government will consult with industry on how the province could introduce a secure digital identity for Ontarians by the end of 2021, allowing citizens to safely verify their identity, online or in person. A digital identity will make life easier and more convenient, while protecting people's data and helping to combat identity fraud."

Ontario Onwards: Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government will allow for the following to be done online:

  • Access to patient's health records for frontline care personnel and ability for patients to check in and access records from any device
  • Registering licenses, opening accounts, applying for permits for businesses, construction, transit, housing, and development projects

Premier Doug Ford says more details about each of the projects are included in the Action Plan and will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Original story:

Premier Doug Ford is set to make an announcement at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Ford will be joined by President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams for the announcement at Queen’s Park.

The announcement comes as York Region moves into a modified version of Stage 2 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Village Media will carry the livestream, so stay tuned.