Internet allows improved public access to governments

The explosive growth of the Internet and the continuing public demand for greater access to government has resulted in governments at all levels rushing to ensure their presence on the World Wide Web. The main purpose of most of the government Websites is to communicate with constituents and distribute information on various programs and services. Governments at the federal and provincial levels, as well as most local and regional governments in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have established their own Websites in an effort to get closer to the voters. 

In addition to obtaining information about government programs and services, the public can also communicate with many elected officials via e-mail. For example, by accessing the Government of Canada Websites, individuals can obtain e-mail addresses for the Prime Minister, and various federal cabinet ministers. Furthermore, many of the Websites have links to other government related home pages making it easier for the public to stay in touch with their elected representatives. 

Listed below are the home page addresses for the federal and provincial governments, and for many of the local and regional governments in the Greater Toronto Area. If the government you are searching for is not listed, try a good search engine. At the search engine’s home page, simply enter the name of the government, start the search and you should pull up some sites. If you are unsuccessful, it may mean that no Web site exists or it is under construction.

  
Government of Canada  www.canada.gc.ca 
Government of Ontario  www.gov.on.ca 
Durham Region  www.region.durham.on.ca 
Halton Region  www.region.halton.on.ca 
Peel Region  www.peelregion.ca 
York Region  www.york.ca 
Ajax  www.town.ajax.on.ca  Mississauga  www.mississauga.ca 
Aurora  www.townofajax.com   Newmarket  www.newmarket.ca 
Brampton  www.brampton.ca  Oakville  www.oakville.ca 
Brock  www.townshipofbrock.ca  Oshawa  www.oshawa.ca 
Burlington  www.burlington.ca  Pickering  www.cityofpickering.com  
Caledon  www.caledon.ca  Richmond Hill  www.richmondhill.ca 
Clarington  www.clarington.net  Scugog  www.township.scugog.on.ca 
East Gwillimbury  www.eastgwillimbury.ca  Toronto  www.toronto.ca 
Georgina  www.town.georgina.on.ca  Uxbridge  www.town.uxbridge.on.ca 
Halton Hills  www.haltonhills.ca  Vaughan  www.city.vaughan.on.ca 
King  www.king.ca  Whitby  www.whitby.ca 
Markham  www.markham.ca  Whitchurch-Stouffville  www.townofws.com 
Milton  www.milton.ca     
   

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