The Canadian government, while trying to recognize and create a strong IT workforce has released a Cloud Adoption Strategy on the 22nd of July in 2016.
The strategic plan provides three documents related to the cloud:
The strategy prioritizes the privacy and security of Canadian citizens while also providing government departments with new, flexible alternatives for making more efficient use of IT. This is because of consultations with provincial and industry governments over the course of 2 years as well as a look at global cloud computing trends. Feedback on this strategy is going to be collected until the 30th September 2016 and is going to be used for finalizing the approach the government will take.
The main essence of this strategy is to let agencies and departments choose from a number of cloud services according to their needs. Shared Services Canada is going to assume the role of the broker here and will procure services, manage relationships, monitor consumption, and even manage billing. The broker will acquire the services and then provide a number of services which the departments can choose among.
Security gets enhanced because of data categorization and through the adoption of cloud security profiles. The only data that you will be able to store on servers outside the country will pretty be unclassified, low availability, and low integrity data. Every other type of data has to be stored in the country.
One more interesting part of this strategy is the CPSCC (Canadian Public Sector Community Cloud). It will include public services, with security which the government has accredited, and will be offered through a market. This will help provide a more efficient procurement, encourage collaboration, help with economies of scale, and even control cloud sprawl. The territorial, federal, and provincial governments, universities, schools, hospitals, and municipalities will be the ones who benefit the most from this initiative.
According to the press release which was released with the strategy, it was created as a result of a two-year consultation, and the feedback is going to be collected until the 30th of September 2016.