FNTI – A Model for Federal-Provincial Cooperation as an Alternative to Jurisdictional Disputes
FNTI is caught between a federal government which says post-secondary institutions are a federal responsibility and a provincial government which takes the position that an institute located on reserve is a federal responsibility. In other jurisdictional conflicts, both governments have resolved to place people first. Examine the principles of this existing agreement between the governments of Canada and Ontario with respect to public services. Can the same spirit of cooperation and collaboration be used to address the needs of FNTI and other Indigenous post-secondary institutions in Ontario?
CANADA – ONTARIO MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT ON COLLABORATION IN THE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC SERVICE 2004 One of the great and enduring strengths of the Canadian federation is the opportunity it provides for innovation in the delivery of public services. Over time, public policy and service delivery innovations started in one part of the country have led to innovations right across the country.Canada and Ontario recognize public policy has to be developed to respond to the needs of citizens, and public services delivered in ways that work for them.
Canada and Ontario recognize the need to work together to resolve issues around policy coherence, governance and accountability and information sharing.
Based on this shared vision, Canada and Ontario will work to establish new collaborative approaches to delivering results to the public through:
a. A commitment to continuously improving the quality and seamlessness of services;
b. Improving citizens’ access to the information they need;
c. Sustainable and efficient delivery of public services;
d. Enhancing efficiency and service by co-locating offices where it makes sense to do so;
e. Aligning complementary programs and creating new opportunities for innovation in service delivery.
Canada and Ontario agree to enter into this Memorandum of Agreement to promote collaboration initiatives and establish a framework to pursue and implement agreed initiatives, within the following context:
Both Canada and Ontario are committed to ensuring that the Canadian federation works effectively and efficiently for citizens.
Canada and Ontario recognize that the key to achieving public policy outcomes is for each jurisdiction to focus on citizens, to work from their strengths, and to work in collaboration.
Updated Tuesday, February 12, 2008