‘Critical’ federal IT systems at risk of failure, review suggests

OTTAWA – More than one-tenth of the federal government’s most critical IT systems that deliver services to Canadians are so old they may be on the verge of “total failure,” according to an internal government review.

The Treasury Board review, released under access-to-information laws, found that 11 per cent of the 2,100 “mission-critical” systems carried high risks for failure and that updating them could cost almost $1.4 billion.

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