In 2009, the Ministry of Infrastructure in Ontario, Canada launched a website to allow users “to track the progress of recently announced infrastructure stimulus projects in their community and across the province.” The website’s goal is to provide “greater transparency and accountability to Ontario residents regarding federal-provincial infrastructure stimulus funding by highlighting the provincial contribution towards projects, tracking construction progress and providing regular updates on new investments.”This website provides interactive maps of infrastructure projects, webcams of jobsites, and videos with more information on projects. The “By the Numbers” section of the site uses graphs and charts to detail how infrastructure dollars are being spent across broad categories of spending.
The initiative highlighted on this page was identified and researched by students from Northwestern University as part of a course that was a collaboration between Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies and the OIG. This research was done by Karen Badawi, Brandon DeLallo, and Matt Marcus, Winter Quarter 2012. For a full transcript of their research please contact instructor Donald Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.