On June 17, 2021, Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services announced a public consultation in order to address the gaps in Ontario's legislative privacy framework. The goal is to establish comprehensive and up-to-date rules, increase confidence in digital services, and support innovation. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback until August 3, 2021.
On May 19, 2021, a Joint Statement by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Privacy Commissioners was released. The Commissioners made the statement to ensure that privacy is considered as early as possible during discussions involving vaccine passport development.
As you may recall, I recently wrote about the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) seeking feedback for strategic priority setting for the next five years. I discussed the consultation paper, which included several potential strategic priorities that were being considered, along with some cross-cutting approaches that could be applied across all strategic priorities. In April 2021, the final report was released setting out the selected strategic priorities.