VICTORIA - The Province of British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to release data from its provincial budget as open data announced Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid.
The Ministry of Finance has released the 62 machine-readable datasets as part of Premier Christy Clark's commitment to Open Government.
The datasets consist of the main budget document, the budget and fiscal plan, which lay out the Province's three-year fiscal plan, and include the economic outlook, revenues, spending and tax measures, as well as forecasting risks and assumptions.
In addition, DataBC has published Supplements to the Estimates from this year's budget as open data. The supplements show a detailed, ministry-by-ministry breakdown of proposed spending organized into standard categories, including government transfers, salaries, benefits and others.
By providing the data in machine-readable formats via DataBC and under the open government licence, the Province has made it easier for citizens, media, students and businesses to repurpose this valuable data and do their own analyses.
B.C. is the first provincial government to create a site like DataBC - www.data.gov.bc.ca - a catalogue of over 2,800 datasets. Over time, as new datasets become available, the site will grow.
This data is free, searchable and available for anyone to use and repurpose.
Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid:
"I'm proud of the work we've done to make government more open and accountable to the citizens we serve, and that our province has been recognized as a national leader in Open Government."
"We are making valuable data like this more easily accessible because we are absolutely committed to sharing information with British Columbians. We want the citizens we serve to be able to participate in discussions that affect their daily lives."
Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government