Policy on Service and Digital

The Policy on Service and Digital and supporting instruments serve as an integrated set of rules that articulate how Government of Canada organizations manage service delivery, information and data, information technology, and cyber security in the digital era. Other requirements, including but not limited to, requirements for privacy, official languages and accessibility, also apply to the management of service delivery, information and data, information management and cyber security. Those policies, set out in Section 8, must be applied in conjunction with the Policy on Service and Digital. The Policy on Service and Digital focuses on the client, ensuring proactive consideration at the design stage of key requirements of these functions in the development of operations and services. It establishes an enterprise-wide, integrated approach to governance, planning and management. Overall, the Policy on Service and Digital advances the delivery of services and the effectiveness of government operations through the strategic management of government information and data and leveraging of information technology. The management of these functions is guided by a commitment to the guiding principles and best practices of the Government of Canada Digital Standards: design with users; iterate and improve frequently; work in the open by default; use open standards and solutions; address security and privacy risks; build in accessible from the start; empower staff to deliver better services; be good data stewards; design ethical services; collaborate widely.
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The Policy on Service and Digital will take effect on April 1, 2020. It will replace the Policy Framework on Information and Technology, the Policy on Management of Information Technology, the Policy on Information Management, the Policy on Service, and the Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use

The Policy Framework on Information and Technology, the Policy on Management of Information Technology, the Policy on Information Management, the Policy on Service, and the Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use remain in effect until April 1, 2020.

1. Effective date

  • 1.1This policy takes effect on .
  • 1.2This policy replaces the following Treasury Board policy instruments:
    • 1.2.1Policy Framework for Information and Technology,
    • 1.2.2Policy on Management of Information Technology, , updated
    • 1.2.3Policy on Information Management, , updated
    • 1.2.4Policy on Service,
    • 1.2.5Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use,

2. Authorities

  • 2.1This policy is issued pursuant to section 7 of the Financial Administration Act and section 31 of the Public Service Employment Act.
  • 2.2This policy must be read in conjunction with other requirements, including but not limited to, requirements in respect of privacy, official languages, and accessibility. Additional requirements in the policies set out in Section 8, must be applied in conjunction with this policy.
  • 2.3The Treasury Board has delegated to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada the authority to issue, amend, and rescind directives related to this policy.
  • 2.4The Treasury Board has delegated to the Chief Information Officer of Canada the authority to issue, amend, and rescind standards, mandatory procedures and other appendices, related to this policy.

3. Objectives and expected results

  • 3.1The objective of this policy is as follows:
    • 3.1.1Client service experience and government operations are improved through digital transformation approaches.
  • 3.2The expected government-wide results of this policy are as follows:
    • 3.2.1Integrated decision-making is supported by enterprise governance, planning and reporting;
    • 3.2.2Service delivery, business and program innovation are enabled by technology and data;
    • 3.2.3Service design and delivery is client-centric by design; and
    • 3.2.4Workforce capacity and capability development is supported.

4. Requirements

  • 4.1Enterprise governance, planning and reporting

    Governance

    • 4.1.1The Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada is responsible for:
      • 4.1.1.1Establishing and chairing a senior-level body that is responsible for providing advice and recommendations, in support of the Government of Canada’s priorities and the Government of Canada Digital Standards, regarding:
        • 4.1.1.1.1 Strategic direction for the management of external and internal enterprise services, information, data, information technology (IT) and cyber security; and
        • 4.1.1.1.2 Prioritization of Government of Canada demand for IT shared services and assets.
    • 4.1.2The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Canada is responsible for:
      • 4.1.2.1Providing advice to the Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada and the President of the Treasury Board of Canada about:
        • 4.1.2.1.1 Governing and managing enterprise-wide information, data, IT, cyber security, and service design and delivery;
        • 4.1.2.1.2 Prioritizing Government of Canada demand for IT shared services and assets; and,
        • 4.1.2.1.3 Using emerging technologies and the implications and opportunities of doing so for the Government of Canada.
      • 4.1.2.2Providing direction on the enterprise-wide transition to digital government, including: regularly reviewing and updating the Government of Canada Digital Standards; managing information, data, IT, and cyber security; and, advising on enterprise-wide service design and delivery.
      • 4.1.2.3Prescribing expectations with regard to enterprise architecture.
      • 4.1.2.4Establishing and chairing an enterprise architecture review board that is mandated to define current and target architecture standards for the Government of Canada and review departmental proposals for alignment.
      • 4.1.2.5Establishing priorities for IT investments (including cyber security investments) that are enterprise-wide in nature or that require the support of Shared Services Canada (SSC).

      Innovation and experimentation

      • 4.1.2.6Facilitating innovation and experimentation in service design and delivery, information, data, IT and cyber security.

      Planning and reporting

      • 4.1.2.7Approving an annual, forward-looking three-year enterprise-wide plan that establishes the strategic direction for the integrated management of service, information, data, IT, and cyber security and ensuring the plan includes a progress report on how it was implemented in the previous year.
    • 4.1.3Deputy heads are responsible for the following:

      Governance

      • 4.1.3.1 Establishing governance to ensure the integrated management of service, information, data, IT, and cyber security within their department.
      • 4.1.3.2 Designating a departmental CIO responsible for leading the departmental IT, information, and data management functions.
      • 4.1.3.3 Designating an official responsible for leading the departmental service management function.
      • 4.1.3.4 Designating an official responsible for leading the departmental cyber security management function.
      • 4.1.3.5 Providing the departmental CIO and the official responsible for service with direct access to the deputy head.
      • 4.1.3.6 Ensuring departmental participation in enterprise governance to support the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policy instruments and architecture.

      Planning and reporting

      • 4.1.3.7 Approving an annual forward-looking three-year departmental plan for the integrated management of service, information, data, IT, and cyber security, which aligns with the CIO of Canada’s enterprise-wide integrated plan, is informed by subject-specific plans or strategies as appropriate, and includes a progress report on how it was implemented in the previous year.

      Innovation and experimentation

      • 4.1.3.8 Providing support for innovation and experimentation in service, information, data, IT and cyber security.

      IT and information standards

      • 4.1.3.9 Informing the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat of activities related to this policy that involve the development of national or international IT, information, or data standards.
  • 4.2Client-centric service design and delivery
    • 4.2.1Deputy heads are responsible for:
      • 4.2.1.1 Ensuring the development and delivery of client-centric service by design, including access, inclusion, accessibility, security, privacy, simplicity, and choice of official language.
      • 4.2.1.2 Maximizing the online end-to-end availability of services and their ease of use to complement all service delivery channels.
      • 4.2.1.3 Approving the department’s service inventory and annual updates.
      • 4.2.1.4 Ensuring services have comprehensive and transparent client-centric standards, related targets, and performance information, for all service delivery channels in use, and this information is available on the department’s web presence.
      • 4.2.1.5 Ensuring that services are reviewed to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • 4.3Open and strategic management of information
    • 4.3.1The CIO of Canada is responsible for:

      Enterprise standards

      • 4.3.1.1 Prescribing enterprise-wide information and data standards for quality, accessibility, and data interoperability, including common architecture taxonomies and classifications, quality requirements, and life cycle management direction.
    • 4.3.2Deputy heads are responsible for:

      Strategic management

      • 4.3.2.1 Ensuring that information and data are managed as a strategic asset to support government operations, service delivery, analysis and decision-making.
      • 4.3.2.2 Ensuring that methodologies, mechanisms and tools are implemented to support information and data life cycle management.
      • 4.3.2.3 Ensuring that departmental responsibilities and accountability structures are clearly defined for the management of information and data.
      • 4.3.2.4 Ensuring that data are managed to reduce redundancy and enable interoperability.

      Privacy and protection

      • 4.3.2.5 Ensuring that, when managing personal information or data, including in the context of data interoperability, the privacy of individuals is protected according to the Privacy Act and any other relevant legislation, policy or agreement.
      • 4.3.2.6 Ensuring that privacy is addressed in the context of any plan or strategy to manage departmental information or data.
      • 4.3.2.7 Ensuring that sensitive information under the department’s control is protected according to the Policy on Government Security and any relevant legislation, policy or agreement.

      Open information and open data

      • 4.3.2.8 Maximizing the release of departmental information and data as an open resource, discoverable through the Government of Canada open government portal designated by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, while respecting information security, privacy, and legal considerations.
      • 4.3.2.9 Prioritizing departmental information and data to be added to the Government of Canada’s open government portal, informed by public demand.

      Recordkeeping

      • 4.3.2.10 Ensuring that decisions and decision-making processes are documented to account for and support the continuity of departmental operations, permit the reconstruction of how policies and programs have evolved, support litigation readiness, and allow for independent evaluation, audit and review.
  • 4.4Leveraging technology
    • 4.4.1The CIO of Canada is responsible for:

      Enterprise direction

      • 4.4.1.1 Prescribing the use of specific IT business processes, technologies, applications and IT resource management approaches, including direction for their life cycle management as defined in the Policy on Management of Materiel.
      • 4.4.1.2 Providing enterprise-wide advice for IT solution procurement that maximizes flexibility for the Government of Canada.
      • 4.4.1.3 Providing direction and defining enterprise-wide requirements for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) accessibility.
      • 4.4.1.4 Supporting SSC procedures for assessing and accessing alternative provision of SSC services to support the authority of the Minister responsible for SSC.
      • 4.4.1.5 Providing advice to the President of the Treasury Board to support the Treasury Board’s review of the SSC Investment Plan to ensure that the plan is aligned with established strategic direction and enterprise-wide priorities and to assess progress.

      Innovation and experimentation

      • 4.4.1.6 Establishing guidance to support innovative practices and technologies, including open-source and open-standard applications, and agile application development.
      • 4.4.1.7 Working with departments to review and endorse digital initiatives, projects and investments, and review results.

      Cyber-security and identity

      • 4.4.1.8 Defining cyber security requirements to ensure that Government of Canada and departmental information and data, applications, systems, and networks are secure, reliable and trusted.
      • 4.4.1.9 Executing decisions on the management of cyber security risks on behalf of the Government of Canada and directing a deputy head to implement a specific response to cyber security events, including assessing whether there has been a privacy breach, implementing security controls, and ensuring that systems that put the Government of Canada at risk are disconnected or removed, when warranted.
      • 4.4.1.10 Providing direction and defining enterprise-wide requirements for the management of identities, credentials, and access for the Government of Canada and departments.
    • 4.4.2Deputy heads are responsible for:

      Strategic IT management

      • 4.4.2.1 Ensuring departmental operations are digitally enabled.
      • 4.4.2.2 Ensuring that, for newly procured or developed information, communication, and technology solutions and equipment, applicable requirements or standards regarding accessibility, official languages, protection of personal information, the environment, and security are addressed by design.
      • 4.4.2.3 Using enterprise or shared IT solutions, assets, and services to avoid duplication, when available and appropriate.

      Automated decision-making

      • 4.4.2.4 Ensuring the responsible and ethical use of automated decision systems, in accordance with TBS direction and guidance, including:
        • 4.4.2.4.1Ensuring decisions produced using these systems are efficient, accountable, and unbiased; and,
        • 4.4.2.4.2Ensuring transparency and disclosure regarding use of the systems and ongoing assessment and management of risks.

      Open access to digital tools

      • 4.4.2.5 Providing authorized users of the departmental electronic network and of departmental devices with open access to the Internet, including Government of Canada and external Web 2.0 tools and services that enhance productivity, communication and open collaboration, in accordance with the Policy on Government Security, and limiting access only where necessary to manage security risks and address unacceptable uses.

      Network and device use

      • 4.4.2.6Informing authorized users of departmental electronic networks and devices of:
        • 4.4.2.6.1Expectations for acceptable and unacceptable use of Government of Canada electronic networks and devices;
        • 4.4.2.6.2Monitoring practices being applied by their own department and by SSC; and
        • 4.4.2.6.3Consequences for unacceptable use of departmental electronic networks and devices.

      Cyber security and identity

      • 4.4.2.7 Clearly identifying and establishing departmental roles and responsibilities for reporting cyber security events and incidents, including events that result in a privacy breach, in accordance with the direction for the management of cyber security events from the CIO of Canada.
      • 4.4.2.8 Managing departmental approaches for identity assurance and accepting trusted digital identities to support interoperability by using approved trust frameworks.
    • 4.4.3The deputy head of SSC is responsible for the following:
      • 4.4.3.1 Managing tools to support the monitoring of departmental electronic networks and devices.
      • 4.4.3.2 Providing reports as required about the use of Government of Canada electronic networks and devices to assist deputy heads in the identification and investigation of issues and in the implementation of corrective action in the event of unacceptable use.
  • 4.5Supporting workforce capacity and capability
    • 4.5.1The CIO of Canada is responsible for:
      • 4.5.1.1 Providing enterprise-wide leadership on the development and sustainability of the information and IT functional community by using talent management and community development strategies.
      • 4.5.1.2 Providing enterprise-wide leadership on knowledge standards for the information and IT community, including determining the acceptable combination of education, training and experience required for the Treasury Board Executive Group (EX) Qualification Standard.
    • 4.5.2Deputy heads are responsible for:
      • 4.5.2.1 Ensuring departmental workforce awareness, capacity, and capability to meet departmental and enterprise service, information, data, IT, and cyber security requirements.
      • 4.5.2.2 Supporting the CIO of Canada’s enterprise-wide talent management and community development initiatives.
      • 4.5.2.3 Consulting with the CIO of Canada before appointing, deploying, or otherwise replacing the departmental CIO.
      • 4.5.2.4 Ensuring that, for the purposes of the Treasury Board Executive Group (EX) Qualifications Standard, the departmental CIO possesses an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.
  • 4.6Monitoring and oversight
    • 4.6.1Deputy heads are responsible for:
      • 4.6.1.1 Monitoring compliance with this policy and its supporting instruments within their department.
      • 4.6.1.2 Advising the Secretary of the Treasury Board on a timely basis when there are significant issues with complying with this policy and its supporting instruments.
      • 4.6.1.3 Ensuring that appropriate and timely remedial action is taken when significant issues with compliance arise within the department.
    • 4.6.2The Secretary of the Treasury Board, while recognizing and supporting deputy heads as the lead responsibility within their respective departments, is responsible for:
      • 4.6.2.1Conducting risk-based monitoring, providing guidance, and recommending corrective actions regarding:
        • 4.6.2.1.1 Compliance with this policy and its supporting instruments;
        • 4.6.2.1.2 Departmental performance on service, information, IT and cyber security management; and
        • 4.6.2.1.3 The service, information, IT and cyber security management function across government.
      • 4.6.2.2 Advising deputy heads on a timely basis when significant incidents of non-compliance with this policy and its supporting instruments are identified.

5. Roles of other government organizations

  • 5.1This section identifies other key government organizations in relation to this policy. In and of itself, this section does not confer any authority.
  • 5.2Shared Services Canada is responsible for the following:
    • 5.2.1Providing certain services related to email, data centres, networks and end-user technology devices. Use of SSC services is required for specified government departments; however other departments and agencies may also choose to use these services.
    • 5.2.2Whenever possible, SSC is responsible for delivering these services in a consolidated and standardized manner. Some of SSC’s services are provided on a cost-recovery basis. In exceptional circumstances, the Minister responsible for SSC can personally authorize a department to provide itself with otherwise mandatory services (or obtain them from a third party).
  • 5.3Public Services and Procurement Canada is responsible for the following:
    • 5.3.1Providing services for federal departments and agencies, to support them in the achievement of their mandated objectives as their central purchasing agent, linguistic authority, real property manager, treasurer, accountant, integrity adviser, and pay and pension administrator.
    • 5.3.2Providing common enterprise solutions and services related to the following: electronic document records management systems, case and workflow tracking solutions, and collaboration platforms. Whenever possible, PSPC is responsible for delivering these services in a consolidated and standardized manner. PSPC’s services are provided on a cost-recovery basis.
  • 5.4Library and Archives Canada is responsible for the following:
    • 5.4.1Acquiring, preserving, making known and facilitating access to the documentary heritage of Canada;
    • 5.4.2Preserving the published heritage of the nation and of the Government of Canada;
    • 5.4.3Identifying, selecting, acquiring and preserving government records, as defined in the Library and Archives of Canada Act, in all media considered to be of enduring value to Canada as documentary heritage;
    • 5.4.4Issuing records disposition authorities, pursuant to section 12 of the Library and Archives of Canada Act, to enable departments to carry out records disposition;
  • 5.5Statistics Canada is responsible for the following:
    • 5.5.1Collaborating with and providing assistance to federal government departments in the collection, compilation, analysis and publication of statistical information, including statistics derived from the activities of federal government departments; and
    • 5.5.2Recognizing and addressing opportunities to avoid duplication in statistical collection across the Government of Canada.
  • 5.6The Communications Security Establishment is responsible for the following:
    • 5.6.1CSE is the lead technical authority for information and IT security including the provision of leadership, advice and guidance for technical matters related to IT security. It helps ensure the protection of electronic information and of information infrastructures of importance to the Government of Canada, and fulfils government-wide functions by identifying emerging cyber threats, monitoring government networks and systems, and helping protect against, and mitigate potential impacts of cyber security events.
    • 5.6.2CSE leads the development of trusted sources of supply for government and critical infrastructure alongside mitigating the risk of untrusted equipment.
    • 5.6.3CSE is the national authority for communications security (COMSEC), including the procurement, distribution, control and use of cryptographic devices and encryption keying material for national security systems.
    • 5.6.4CSE is also Canada’s national authority for signals intelligence (SIGINT).
  • 5.7Public Safety Canada is responsible for the following:
    • 5.7.1Heading coordination and strategic policy-making on national cyber security matters.
  • 5.8Canada School of Public Service is responsible for the following:
    • 5.8.1Development and delivery of a government-wide core learning strategy and program for all public servants. These tasks are performed in consultation with the relevant functional authority centres.

6. Application

  • 6.1This policy and its supporting instruments apply to departments as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act unless otherwise excluded by other acts, regulations or orders in council.
  • 6.2Requirements 4.4.2.5 and 4.4.2.6 only apply to the core public administration as defined in section 11.1 of the FAA, unless otherwise excluded by specific acts, regulations or orders-in-council. Other departments or separate agencies not subject to these provisions are encouraged to meet these requirements as good practice.
  • 6.3This policy does not apply to National Security Systems, except where the Chief Information Officer of Canada is identified as the system business owner.
  • 6.4Agents of Parliament
    • 6.4.1The following organizations are considered agents of Parliament for the purposes of the policy:
      • Office of the Auditor General
      • Office of the Chief Electoral Officer
      • Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada
      • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
      • Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
      • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
      • Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada
    • 6.4.2Agents of Parliament are solely responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the policy within their organizations, as well as for responding to cases of non-compliance in accordance with any Treasury Board of Canada instruments that address the management of compliance
    • 6.4.3With regard to agents of Parliament the following do not apply:
      • 4.1.2.2, 4.1.2.3, 4.1.2.4, 4.1.2.7, 4.1.3.6, 4.1.3.7, 4.3.1.1, 4.4.1.1, 4.4.1.7, 4.4.2.3, 4.6.2.1, and 7.1

7. Consequences of non-compliance

  • 7.1For an outline of the consequences of non compliance, refer to the Framework for the Management of Compliance (Appendix C: Consequences for Institutions and Appendix D: Consequences for Individuals).

8. References

  • 8.1Legislation
    • Access to Information Act
    • Canada Evidence Act
    • Department of Justice Act
    • Emergency Management Act
    • Financial Administration Act
    • Library and Archives of Canada Act
    • Official Languages Act
    • Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Part 2)
    • Privacy Act
    • Public Service Employment Act
    • Security of Information Act
    • Service Fees Act
    • Shared Services Canada Act
    • Statistics Act
  • 8.2Related policy instruments
    • Foundation Framework for Treasury Board Policies
    • Policy on Access to Information
    • Policy on Communications and Federal Identity
    • Policy on Green Procurement
    • Policy on Government Security
    • Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments
    • Policy on Management of Materiel
    • Policy on Official Languages
    • Policy on Privacy Protection
    • Policy on Results
    • Policy on the Duty to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Public Service
    • Policy on Transfer Payments
    • Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector
    • Directive on the Management of Projects and Programmes
    • Directive on Charging and Special Financial Authorities

9. Enquiries


Appendix A: Definitions

Applications
Subclass of software that employs the capabilities of an electronic device directly and thoroughly for a task that the user wishes to perform.
Artificial Intelligence
Information technology that performs tasks that would ordinarily require biological brainpower to accomplish, such as making sense of spoken language, learning behaviours, or solving problems.
Automated Decision System
Includes any technology that either assists or replaces the judgement of human decision-makers. These systems draw from fields like statistics, linguistics, and computer science, and use techniques such as rules-based systems, regression, predictive analytics, machine learning, deep learning, and neural nets.
Client
Individuals, businesses or their representatives served by or using either internal or external services provided by the Government of Canada. When describing interactions with information technologies, clients can be referred to as users.
Client-centric
An approach that focuses on addressing client or user expectations, needs, challenges and feedback. It enables the creation of a positive experience for the client or user, considering a broad range of factors such as access, inclusion, accessibility, security, privacy, simplicity, and choice of official language.
Client feedback
Information coming directly from recipients of services about the satisfaction or dissatisfaction they feel with a service or product, and is a critical part of service improvement. It can take several forms, including: in-service client feedback, client satisfaction surveys, user experience testing, and consultations.
COBIT
Stands for "Control Objectives for Information and related Technology" and represents a set of best practices that provide guidance for the management of IT processes. (Source: IT Governance Institute)
Cyber security
Technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect electronic information and information infrastructure from mischief, unauthorized use, or disruption; a subset of the processes and practices of IT security, which includes the broader application of policies and people-focused security management techniques.
Data
Set of values of subjects with respect to qualitative or quantitative variables representing facts, statistics, or items of information in a formalized manner suitable for communication, reinterpretation, or processing.
Devices
Electronic tools that can include, but are not limited to, the following: desktop workstations, laptops, notebooks, tablets, cellphones, peripherals such as printers and scanners, memory drives, CD/DVD drives, webcams and any other hardware used to obtain, store, or send information.
Digital
Processes, practices and technologies related to the production, storage, processing, dissemination and exchange of electronic information and data. It refers to, among other things, information and communications technologies, infrastructures, and the information and data they produce and collect.
Digitally enabled
Operations and services that are supported by strategically leveraging information and communications technologies, infrastructures, and the information and data they produce and collect.
Digital initiative
A digitally enabled service or solution, information system, or application.
Electronic network
Groups of electronic devices and systems that can communicate through wired or wireless connections with each other, including without limitation, the Internet, Government of Canada electronic data networks, voice and video network infrastructure, and public and private networks external to a department.
Emerging technologies
New technology (or new to the Government of Canada) that when adopted will substantially change the digital footprint of the Government of Canada.
Enterprise Architecture
Conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization considering and aligning business, information, data, application, technology, security and privacy domains to support strategic outcomes.
Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solution
Enterprise automated solutions used to manage, protect and preserve information resources from creation to disposition. These solutions maintain appropriate contextual information (metadata) and enable organizations to access, use, retain, and dispose of records (i.e., their destruction or transfer) in a managed, systematic and auditable way to support accountability, transparency and departmental business objectives.
External services
A service where the intended client is external to the Government of Canada.
Identity assurance
A measure of certainty that an individual, organization or device is who or what it claims to be.
Information
Knowledge captured in any format, such as facts, events, things, processes, or ideas, that can be structured or unstructured, including concepts that within a certain context have particular meaning. Information includes data.
Information architecture
The structure of the information and data components of an enterprise, their interrelationships, and principles and guidelines governing their design and evolution over time. Information architecture enables the sharing, reuse, horizontal aggregation, and analysis of information.
Information life cycle
Encompasses the planning, collection, creation, receipt, capture, organization, use, re-use, dissemination, maintenance, protection and preservation, disposition, and evaluation of information.
Information management
A discipline that directs and supports effective and efficient management of information and data in an organization, from planning and systems development to disposal or long-term preservation.
Information technology
Any equipment or system that is used in the acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of information or data. It includes all matters concerned with the design, development, installation and implementation of information systems and applications.
Interoperability
The ability of different types of electronic devices, networks, operating systems, and applications to work together effectively, without prior communication, to exchange information in a useful and meaningful manner.
Internal Enterprise Services
A service provided by a Government of Canada department to other Government of Canada departments intended on a government-wide basis.
ITIL
Stands for "Information Technology Infrastructure Library" and represents a set of best practices that guide IT service management. (Source: ITIL)
Management of information technology
Planning, acquiring, building, implementing and operating of IT assets, systems or services, measuring their performance, and arranging their disposal.
Monitoring practices
Use of a software system that monitors networks or devices for slow or failing components, and notifies the administrator in cases of outages, and that can monitor the network or device activity of specific individuals for indicators of unacceptable usage.
Online end-to-end
Services available on the internet from beginning to end, without having to move off-line to complete a step in the process. For example, the ability to receive a service online from the application, to the receipt of the final output and the provision of feedback.
Open access
The unrestricted provision of Internet access, in accordance with the Policy on Government Security, to authorized individuals via Government of Canada electronic networks and devices.
Personal information
Information about an identifiable individual that is recorded in any form, as defined in the Privacy Act.
Privacy breach
The improper or unauthorized collection, use, disclosure, retention, or disposal of personal information.
Real-time application status
Information on the current standing of a request for a service or product.
Real-time performance informations
Information on the current level of performance that clients can expect to be provided for a service, relative to an established standard..
Repository
A repository is a preservation environment for information and data resources which includes specified physical or electronic storage space and the associated infrastructure required for its maintenance.
Service
Provision of a specific final output that addresses one or more needs of an intended recipient and contributes to the achievement of an outcome.
Service Inventory
A catalogue of external and internal enterprise services that provides detailed information based on a specific set of elements (e.g., channel, client, volume, etc.).
Service Standard
Public commitment to a measurable level of performance that clients can expect under normal circumstances.

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