Have Your Say: Demand public cloud services and policy for Canada: CATAAlliance & CanadaOne advocacy for the G-Cloud First for Canada Campaign
May 31, 2013

CATAAlliance and CanadaOne have again joined forces to deploy “Have Your Say” an on-line letter writing tool that enables citizens to raise and support issues of concern with their Members of Parliament.

The Have Your Say issue in profile is the need for Canada to adopt a policy similar to the U.K.'s Cloud first, and investing in a CloudStore infrastructure. The official Campaign is called G-Cloud First for Canada.

According to CATA CEO, John Reid, “Canada has the opportunity to be a leader in government efficiency, modernization and innovation by adopting new policy for shared government services and delivering public cloud services to all Canadians. Countries like the U.K. lead in this space already through their cloud first policies which require public sector organizations to fully evaluate potential cloud solutions first before considering other options.

He added, “Canada continues to tread water as a mid-level performer in science, technology, and innovation while we have the capability to aim higher and become a global leader in information technology.”

++ Call to Action: Please Have Your Say at this URL: http://www.canadaone.com/haveyoursay.html?c=5

Note that you will be able to use the letter already included below, or replace it with your own letter on the interface.

Have Your Say Draft Letter

I am writing to draw your attention to building a public cloud service and pushing for a cloud first policy for Canada.

Countries like the U.K., US and Australia have already adopted new cloud first policy in their governments, which assure that cloud and public cloud solutions are the first thing considered before looking at other options.

The U.K.'s G-Cloud model can help us achieve this as a more efficient method of public sector IT procurement. G-Cloud delivers better public services for less cost than traditional IT models and stimulates small and medium enterprises. Through G-Cloud, departments are encouraged to buy cloud services through the government-run online catalogue, CloudStore. This helps the country fulfill its pledge that half of new IT spending will be on public cloud services by 2015.

Canada continues to tread water as a mid-level performer in science, technology, and innovation while we have the capability to aim higher and become a global leader in information technology. Embracing and creating public cloud offerings is an important step in modernizing Government service delivery and stimulating economic growth in Canada’s IT sector for the 21st century.

Given your role in public service, I am sure that like myself, you will see the importance of this issue. I am writing to ask you to please take action to help ensure that cloud solutions are being considered as a central aspect for the future of Canada's IT policy.