Deb Matthews Deputy Premier Chair of Cabinet Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Minister Responsible for Digital Government MPP London North Centre

Deb Matthews Minister Responsible for Digital Government and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development has said that “People in Ontario deserve government services that are simpler, faster and easier to use. Code for Canada creates a valuable opportunity to connect government, technology sector and community innovators to deliver the best user experience for people.”

Ontario is partnering with tech leaders to co-found Code for Canada, a new not-for-profit organization that will develop digital solutions to make government services more user-friendly and easier to access.

Deb Matthews, Minister Responsible for Digital Government, was joined by partners from the tech community today at Shopify to launch the organization.

Code for Canada will connect coders and designers with governments to enhance digital literacy and develop technology-based solutions to improve peoples’ lives.

Code for Canada is part of a network of “Code for” organizations that operate world-wide, including in the United States, Germany and Australia. Their work has included:

  • Helping communities deliver healthy food to vulnerable citizens
  • Connecting job seekers to training and employers
  • Improving access to legal support services.

Making it easier for people to interact and engage with their government through digital technologies is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


  1. The Ontario Digital Government Initiative (ODGI) is a bold step forward, but the business case has a major flaw, in that the digital strategy excludes the most vulnerable citizens that depend upon accessible digital communications. The ODGI partners, like Code For Canada, fail the AODA legislative Information and Communication Standards that were designed to protect the rights of disabled persons. Not only is the website unfriendly to blind screen reader users, but the process to participate in the initiative does not even consider the digital communication needs of blind persons. Ontario will not achieve the AODA full inclusion goal by 2025, if we continue down this road of strategic planning that defies AODA requirements. Leadership requires actions that support the province values.