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 
Government of Ontario 
Durham Region 
Halton Region 
Peel Region 
York Region 
Ajax  Mississauga 
Aurora   Newmarket 
Brampton  Oakville 
Brock  Oshawa 
Burlington  Pickering  
Caledon  Richmond Hill 
Clarington  Scugog 
East Gwillimbury  Toronto 
Georgina  Uxbridge 
Halton Hills  Vaughan 
King  Whitby 
Markham  Whitchurch-Stouffville 

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