Tuesday, 25 August 2020

WCCD welcomes the City of Yellowknife to the WCCD Global Network as part of the Data for Canadian Cities Project

August 24th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

As part of the Government of Canada supported, "Data for Canadian Cities Project," today the WCCD officially welcomes the City of Yellowknife as one of the 15 Canadian cities receiving WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum certification under this Project.  

The three-year project provides assistance to the participating cities in obtaining WCCD’s ISO 37120 Certification. As the Project continues into Year 2 and 3, a significant focus is being placed on assisting the participating municipalities in using the data to improve city services and quality of life for citizens. 

In the first of 15 planned virtual certification ceremonies across the country, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, will present Yellowknife's WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum certification during a meeting of the Yellowknife City Council. 

According to Dr. McCarney"The WCCD is a Made in Canada initiative, and through the support of the Government of Canada, we are so pleased to welcome the City of Yellowknife into our Canadian and Global Network. As a next step, I look forward to working with Yellowknife in harnessing this data and putting it to use. With applications from economic development, to targeted infrastructure investment, to internal and external benchmarking, the City's Platinum certification is a testament to the leadership of Mayor Alty and her entire team in committing to high calibre, local-level data to drive a more prosperous, sustainable, resilient and inclusive future for the City."  

Underscoring her commitment, and that of Yellowknife's City Council to the Project, Mayor Rebecca Alty underlined her commitment to evidence-based decision making, while furthering the City's ability to monitor progress: "Participating in the Data for Canadian Cities Project, and receiving WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification from the WCCD, will drive better service delivery and quality of life for our citizens, across a number of priority areas, including the environment, economy, and health...Annual reporting and analysis will enhance Council's evidence-based decision-making and further our data-driven progress monitoring. In the context of COVID-19, this data will help us to understand the scope and impacts of this pandemic and inform our social, cultural and economic recovery strategies."

The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, also sent her congratulations on this important achievement for the City, while highlighting the importance of and need for data across the country. “All communities, large and small, need good data to plan and build modern public infrastructure. Meeting global data standards is critical. Through this initiative, in partnership with the World Council on City Data, we've been helping municipal leaders in a number of communities across Canada do just that. I am delighted that Yellowknife has obtained the ISO standard for municipal data. This will help the city plan projects with quality data and will help guide evidence-based decision-making. Canada's infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds stronger communities." 

The full release from the City of Yellowknife is available at the following link. 

For more information, please contact: 

James Patava

WCCD

james.patava@globalcities.ca

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