Public Review Opens for CAN/DGSI 124: Data Standards for Planning and Development Applications: Terminology

Ottawa – The Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI) is pleased to announce the commencement of the public review period for DGSI 124 – Data Standards for Planning and Development Applications: Terminology, marking another stride in advancing digital governance practices. DGSI 124, now available on the DGSI website, paves the way for improved information exchange and consistency in data requirements, aiming to ease the load for businesses, municipalities, and stakeholders.

With a primary focus on the housing and development sector, DGSI 124 introduces terminology that aims to establish a common nomenclature. This foundational feature is crucial in many sectors as it enables better information exchange and consistency around data requirements. Moreover, it plays a vital role in unlocking the potential of other modernization tools across the system.

The key to addressing the housing crisis lies in the expedited construction of more homes. Municipalities, stakeholders and developers have identified that inconsistencies in planning and development practices, including variations in terminology and data requirements in applications across different jurisdictions complicate and delay the creation of much-needed new housing units.

To tackle this issue, new data standards for planning and development applications are being developed to help speed up approval timelines and get homes built faster.   The goal is to help key players like municipalities, conservation authorities, and the provincial government modernize the way they collect, share and use information to help make the planning and development process quicker, more affordable and less complicated for all involved.  This new standardized approach will revolutionize the industry by providing consistent terms and definitions which will reduce duplication, and redundancy, and enable better information exchange consistency throughout the planning and development system.

The public review period will remain open until January 21st and DGSI invites experts, stakeholders, and the public to participate and provide valuable feedback. This is a unique opportunity to help define terms and definitions used in municipal land use planning .

“A key component of our government’s work to put an end to the housing crisis is modernizing planning and development processes to be faster, more affordable, and less complicated for everyone involved”, said Todd McCarthy, Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery. “This public review period with our partners at the DGSI is a big step forward and an important milestone. We are excited to hear what experts, stakeholders, and Ontarians have to say on simplifying the planning and development process to get more shovels in the ground faster.”


For media inquiries:

Darryl Kingston
Executive Director
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute 

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact

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