Delivering effective government services is important for policymakers to get right. Unfortunately, Atlantic Canada lags behind in offering e-services through the internet and mobile devices.

Effective e-government makes dealing with state agencies more efficient and convenient for taxpayers and businesses. E-government can also give jurisdictions a competitive economic edge. For instance, the Eastern European country of Estonia has become a pioneer in integrating advanced e-services by reducing red tape and opening its business environment. These developments have allowed Estonia to become a business start-up capital.

An ambitious government in Atlantic Canada should follow Estonia’s example and become North America’s leader in e-services. Better e-government infrastructure is an economic opportunity with great benefits.