The benefits of cross-jurisdictional cooperation in the deployment of information and communications technologies to support operational and program delivery functions of governments in Canada was formally recognized with the formation of the Association of Canadian Informatics in Government (ACIG) in 1976. During its early stages, the ACIG focus was to share information on best practices and solutions as a means of reducing costs while increasing effectiveness in the management of information technology within jurisdictions. In the 1990s, governments recognized IT as a strategic enabler for their program delivery priorities with the appointment of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in many of the provinces, territories and the federal government. This led to an evolution from ACIG to the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council (PSCIOC) in March1998.
The PSCIOC positioned itself to be action-oriented and product delivery focused. The Council was tested early and successfully responded to the challenges presented by Year 2000 (Y2K) through collaboration on strategies, solutions and communications. About the same time, Canadian governments at all levels heightened their attention to increasing demands for electronic delivery of services (e-government). The PSCIOC had built the governance, environment and networks necessary for bilateral and multilateral partnerships to enhance cross-governmental e-government information management and technology efforts.
In recent years three representatives from the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) have been welcome additions to Council membership. A closer association with the Public Sector Service Delivery Council (PSSDC) helped the information technology and service delivery communities benefit from their respective knowledge and collaborative initiatives. The mission of the PSCIOC is “to enable enhanced service to the Canadian public through collaboration across governments and demonstrated leadership in the management of information and technology”. Current priorities focus on identity management, privacy, guidelines for information sharing across jurisdictions, procurement policies and good practices, emerging technologies and the evolution of the Chief Information Officer community in Canada and around the world.
The Public Sector Service Delivery Council (PSSDC) and the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council (PSCIOC) jointly steer sub-committees aimed at four areas of interest to both the service delivery and CIO communities: the Research Sub-Committee, the Privacy Sub-Committee, the Service Mapping Sub-Committee (SMSC), and the Identity Management Sub-Committee (IMSC).