Wednesday, 28 September 2022

​Vaughan achieves Platinum and Smart Cities Early Adopter certifications from the World Council on City Data

Mayor Bevilacqua and Vaughan City Council received multiple certifications from the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney

The following is a link to the original release

During a ceremonial presentation at the Sept. 28 Council meeting, Mayor and Members of Council announced the City of Vaughan has achieved three International Organization of Standardization (ISO) certifications from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) – a Platinum ISO 37120 certification for 2020 and 2021, and the ISO 37122 Early Adopter Smart Cities certification.

Platinum is the highest certification offered by the WCCD, a global leader in standardized data that helps create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. ISO 37120 is the first international standard for cities. The platinum certifications are the sixth and seventh that Vaughan has received. Each is a testament to the City's commitment to advancing purposeful Smart City initiatives that align with the organization’s goal of achieving the highest standards.  

To attain WCCD platinum certification, cities report key performance indicators across 19 themes that measure City services and quality of life. Year-over-year benchmarking establishes a baseline that will allow Vaughan to assess service delivery and drive decision-making and data-driven policies forward.

In addition to the platinum certifications, the City has also become an early adopter of ISO 37122 – Indicators for Smart Cities. Vaughan is among the first cities in the world to be certified under this new Smart City standard, joining an early adopter cohort of 10 cities globally.

The City of Vaughan has a robust Smart City agenda that contributes to the WCCD’s ISO indicators such as:

  • the LED streetlight retrofit program that replaced 24,000 lights and includes Smart City technology integration, giving improved control and saving $1 million per year.
  • a digital portal that allows citizens and industry professionals to apply, track and pay for building permits online.
  • the introduction of electric vehicles into the City fleet and the development of charging infrastructure at public facilities, with more coming soon.
  • the City's commitment to creating an accessible community by 2025 by undertaking 57 initiatives – with six completed, 16 in progress and 35 ongoing.
  • the City's support for innovation, with an impressive number of new patents per 100,000 residents per year; new ventureLAB space at Pierre Berton Resource Library; the student entrepreneurship program; Activate!Vaughan innovation challenges and more.

These Smart City initiatives and many others are improving the quality of life for residents across the city.

Soon Vaughan will begin collecting data for ISO 37123 – Indicators for Resilient Cities – becoming a global early adopter of that certification as well. More importantly, the City will be among only a handful worldwide that have obtained a "triple certification" under the ISO 37120 Series. 

These accomplishments reflect the City's commitment to a culture of knowledge and continuous improvement. In 2018, Vaughan established the Smart City Task Force to create enhanced opportunities by improving how data is collected, understood and utilized to safeguard and elevate the quality of life for all citizens. The task force provided suggestions to increase economic competitiveness, advance data initiatives, foster innovation, and improve engagement with stakeholders, community groups and citizens. Following careful research, consideration and dedication to this mandate, the appointed members developed the Smart City Task Force Report, which was presented to Council on June 28, 2022.

Vaughan is ambitious and transformative. The City is committed to finding new and meaningful ways to incorporate Smart City solutions into ongoing city-building efforts while ensuring it continues to put citizens first through Service Excellence.

Friday, 9 September 2022

City of Yellowknife Receives Platinum World Council on City Data Certification

From L to R: Mayor Rebecca Alty; City Manager, Ms. Sheila Sheila Bassi-Kellett; Director of Corporate Services, Ms. Sharolynn Woodward 
The following is a link to the original release

City of Yellowknife Receives Platinum World Council on City Data Certification

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES | September 9, 2022

The City of Yellowknife will receive their 2020 & 2021 World Council on City Data (WCCD) ISO 37120 platinum certifications at the September 12 City Council meeting.

Yellowknife first joined the WCCD in 2019 as part of the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure-supported “Data for Canadian Cities Project”. The City's first certification was celebrated in the fall of 2020. This certification marks the third and final year of this initial project.

“On behalf of the WCCD, it is my pleasure to congratulate Yellowknife on three consecutive years of  WCCD ISO 37120 Certification at the highest, Platinum level. With its focus on prosperity, inclusivity and a strong sense of pride in its history and culture, Yellowknife stands out as a leader throughout the WCCD network in Canada and globally,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD President & CEO. “As we turn towards our next three years of work together and beyond, I look forward to working with you all to explore how the WCCD’s annually reported data can be put to work in further supporting Yellowknife as a data driven and prosperous community.”

With three years of data, and the City's commitment to continuing its work with the WCCD, the City is now poised to begin examining trends that have emerged over the past three years, in addition to being able to benchmark with over 30 Canadian cities, and 100 cities globally. With applications from COVID recovery, economic development and attraction, and strategic monitoring of the City's priorities, Yellowknife's WCCD ISO certification is also a critical tool to continue driving forward key city policies and priorities.

“We are now able to examine the three-year data trend across the 104 Key Performance Indicators within ISO 37120 and begin to build back to previous - and increased - levels of prosperity and investment attractiveness through data-driven insights,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

City of Doral Receives WCCD’s Triple Certification on Data for Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

  (Please visit the following link to view the original release on the City of Doral's website)   


August 9, 2022

The World Council on City Data (WCCD) has awarded the City of Doral with the International Organization for Standardization’s newest (ISO) 37123 (Resilient Cities) certification. Beyond Doral’s most recent ISO 37120 certification (jointly received today), and last year’s ISO 37122 (Smart Cities) certification, Doral is the first city in the United States and Canada to achieve WCCD certification under all three standards within the WCCD administered ISO 37120 Series of Standards. This achievement further solidifies the City’s commitment to harnessing standardized city data to drive a citizen-focused approach to smart service delivery.

“This significant certification further confirms our status as an international model city that is focused on transparency and data-driven decision making that yields results, “said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “By investing in these initiatives, we cultivate a safer more sustainable community for our residents and businesses.”

The City of Doral has been a long-standing World Council on City Data member, first obtaining ISO 37120 certification in 2017 and annually in subsequent years. The certification process was spearheaded by Doral’s Information Technology Department, with support from the City’s Planning & Zoning, City Clerk, Parks & Recreation and Finance departments, as well as Miami Dade County Fire, Environmental, Solid Waste, and Water and Sanitation. All of these entities played a key role in gathering the data for reporting, which was instrumental to the success of the certification process.

"On behalf of the WCCD, I am pleased to recognize Doral's most recent ISO 37120 and the WCCD'S newest ISO 37123 (Resilient Cities) certifications," stated the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney. "Having already received ISO 37122 (Smart Cities) certification last year, Doral has become one of only a handful of cities worldwide that have received WCCD certification under the entire ISO 37120 Series. Doral is also the first American city to achieve this important triple certification. This truly impressive accomplishment would not have been possible without Mayor Bermudez and Council's leadership and the dedicated, data-driven City staff. I look forward to our continued work, exploring how we can use Doral's year-over-year data trends to support the City as a data-driven community while driving forward Doral's continued prosperity and success."

About the WCCD
The World Council on City Data (WCCD) was founded in 2014. It exists to help cities and communities of all sizes globally embrace ISO standardized, independently verified, and globally comparable city data to make data driven decisions. The WCCD team of professionals has led the development and implementation of three international standards on city data that have been published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva – now globally recognized as the ISO 37120 Series on City Data. The ISO 37120 Series includes: ISO 37120 - Indicators for Sustainable Cities, ISO 37122 - Indicators for Smart Cities, and ISO 37123 - Indicators for Resilient Cities. WCCD is now working with 100 cities in over 40 countries, helping these cities to become certified under the ISO 3712- Series on City Data.


Tuesday, 2 August 2022

County of Brant receives WCCD Platinum Certification for the Third Consecutive Year

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August 2, 2022

The County of Brant is thrilled to receive the ISO 37120 Platinum-level certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) for the third consecutive year.

With three years of data and the County's commitment to continuing its work with the WCCD, the County of Brant is now poised to begin examining trends that have emerged, in addition to being able to benchmark with over 30 Canadian cities, and 100 cities globally. The certification also serves as a critical tool to continue driving forward strategic priorities such as infrastructure investment.

“The County of Brant is honoured to be awarded the highest level of WCCD ISO 37120 certification for the third consecutive year,” said Mayor David Bailey. “This tool allows the County to assess and build a more livable, resilient and vibrant community. We are proud to join a distinct list of world cities who have achieved this certification which supports sound decision making.”

A few highlights from the WCCD’s ISO 37120 Certified data include:

  • Brant leads in WCCD's Canadian and global network with 250 kilometres of bicycle paths and lanes per 100,000 population
  • Brant has recorded an annual decrease in crimes against property every year since 2018
  • Brant continues to observe an annual increase in the Percentage of Persons in Full-Time Employment

ISO 37120 is the first ISO standard developed especially for municipalities. It contains 104 indicators across 19 themes, and measures County services and quality of life using a common international standard.

“On behalf of the WCCD, it is a pleasure to congratulate the Country of Brant on its third consecutive WCCD ISO 37120 Certification at the highest Platinum level. As an active and prominent participant in WCCD’s Canadian and Global Network, the County of Brant stands out as a leader in harnessing high-caliber data to create a more prosperous, resilient, sustainable, inclusive and smart future for its residents and visitors,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO. “As the WCCD continues its work with the County of Brant, I look forward to exploring how this three-year trend of data continuity can be put to work in supporting Brant as a data-driven community. Our next three years of work together will continue to drive crucial insights for the County of Brant.”

The County of Brant originally joined the WCCD Canadian and Global Network of over 100 cities as part of the Data for Canadian Cities Pilot Project, supported by the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities. This certification marks the third and final year of this initial project.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

MARKHAM RECEIVES WCCD PLATINUM-LEVEL ISO DATA CERTIFICATION THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

  (Please visit the following link to view the original release on the City of Markham's Website)


July 14, 2022

The City of Markham is thrilled to receive the ISO 37120 Platinum-level certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) for the third consecutive year, as part of the three-year Data for Canadian Cities Pilot Project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities.

With three years of data, and the City’s commitment to continuing its work with the WCCD, Markham joins more than 30 Canadian cities and 100 cities globally – who are collecting, sharing and using data to make effective and transformative decisions.

Having established a baseline of data for the past two years, the City of Markham will be able to start assessing service delivery and quality of life to drive forward key policies.

“The City of Markham is honoured to be awarded the highest level of WCCD ISO 37120 certification for the third consecutive year,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We are proud to join a distinct list of world cities that share information to build more resilient, vibrant and livable cities. We look forward to continuing to use the data to support decision making and collaborate.”

ISO 37120 is the first ISO standard developed especially for cities. It contains 104 fully numeric indicators across 19 themes, and measures City services and quality of life using a common international standard.

“On behalf of the WCCD, it is a pleasure to congratulate the City of Markham on its third consecutive WCCD ISO 37120 Certification at the highest Platinum level,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO. “Working with Council and Staff, I look forward to exploring how this three years of data continuity can be put to work and propel Markham forward as a data-driven city. As an active and prominent participant in WCCD’s Canadian and Global Network, the City stands out through its dedication to harnessing high caliber data to create a more prosperous, resilient, sustainable, inclusive and smart future for its residents and visitors.”

Markham originally joined the WCCD Canadian and Global Network of over 100 cities as part of the Data for Canadian Cities Pilot Project. This certification marks the third and final year of this initial project.

The WCCD was founded in 2014 and helps communities of all sizes worldwide embrace standardized, independently verified and globally comparable city data to become more sustainable, resilient, prosperous, inclusive and smart.


Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Halifax Regional Municipality receives World Council on City Data Platinum Certification

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July 12, 2022

The Halifax Regional Municipality has received ISO 37120 Platinum Certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD).  This certification recognizes the high calibre of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s data, which is reflected in its reporting of 90 indicators in accordance with ISO 37120 for the 2020/21 fiscal year.

The WCCD is a non-profit organization that administers ISO 37120 – Sustainable Cities – the first globally comparative international standard on city indicators. There are over 100 cities currently certified, representing 40 countries with 30 Canadian cities having achieved Platinum Certification. 

“My Council colleagues and I are very pleased that the municipality has been awarded the highest level of certification from the WCCD. This achievement recognizes efforts by our professional staff to develop and use globally-recognized standards to drive and measure services that residents depend upon.” – Mayor Mike Savage

The globally standardized WCCD indicators allow for globally comparative benchmarking, enabling administration to continue making evidence-based decisions, while tracking progress against our peers.

"On behalf of the World Council on City Data, I am pleased to award Mayor Savage and the Halifax Regional Municipality with WCCD's ISO 37120 Certification, at the highest, Platinum level. As is clear from the municipality's exceptional performance across a wide array of indicators – and its dedicated, data-driven staff – Halifax is a leader in Canada and on the global stage. The WCCD looks forward to its continued work with the municipality as an important member of the WCCD Canadian and Global Network of data-driven cities." – WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney 

Of the WCCD indicators for the 2020/21 fiscal year, the municipality excelled in the following: 

  • Public outdoor recreation space: With its extensive range of outdoor recreation facilities and assets, the municipality ranks in the top tier of Canadian cities in the WCCD Network for the amount of outdoor recreation space per capita;
  • Public street lighting electricity consumption: Due to its significant commitment to energy efficiency and greening government operations, Halifax ranks among the top three of all cities in the WCCD Network for electricity consumption of public street lighting; and
  • Higher education degrees: Within the WCCD Network, the municipality demonstrates a highly educated workforce, ranking in the top 15 per cent of cities for higher education degrees.

WCCD certification benefits the municipality and staff by: 

  • Aiding in the measurement of performance of services and quality of life over time;
  • Providing standardized indicators, ensuring consistent and reliable data;
  • Allowing the municipality to compare performance to national and global peers;
  • Providing access to a network of Canadian and global cities for benchmarking and learning;
  • Supporting evidence-based decision-making for strategic planning, priority setting, investment attraction and economic development and policy development; and, 
  • Allowing employees to better understand organizational goals and objectives, and how their work contributes, as well as offering clear and consistent expectations.

In June 2020, municipal Corporate Planning & Performance (CPP) began the development of the Corporate Performance Management Program (CPMP), to establish a systematic approach to planning, as well as track progress toward the municipality’s Strategic and Administrative Priority Outcomes. Participation in WCCD allows the municipality to assess performance compared to other jurisdictions.

Over the past year, CPP has worked with internal business units, as well as external partners such as Nova Scotia Power, Halifax Water, Province of Nova Scotia, and Halifax Partnership, to compile the data to support certification. Several of these indicators have been incorporated into the Strategic Performance Snapshot

The platinum certification was presented by WCCD to Regional Council virtually during the Council meeting on Tuesday, July 12. 

To learn more, read the World Council on City Data (WCCD) information report or visit the WCCD website

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La Municipalité régionale d’Halifax a reçu la certification platine ISO 37120 par le World Council on City Data (WCCD). Cette certification reconnaît le haut calibre des données de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, qui se reflète dans sa déclaration de 90 indicateurs conformément à la norme ISO 37120 pour l’exercice 2020-2021.

Le WCCD est une organisation à but non lucratif qui administre ISO 37120 – Villes durables – la première norme internationale comparative mondiale sur les indicateurs des villes. Il y a plus de 100 villes actuellement certifiées, représentant 40 pays dont 30 villes canadiennes ont obtenu la certification platine. 

« Mes collègues du Conseil et moi-même sommes très heureux que la municipalité ait reçu le plus haut niveau de certification du WCCD. Cette réalisation reconnaît les efforts déployés par notre personnel professionnel pour élaborer et utiliser des normes mondialement reconnues pour stimuler et mesurer les services dont dépendent les résidents. » - Le maire Mike Savage

Les indicateurs normalisés à l’échelle mondiale du WCCD permettent une évaluation comparative globale, permettant à l’administration de continuer à prendre des décisions fondées sur des données probantes, tout en suivant les progrès par rapport à nos pairs.

« Au nom du World Council on City Data, je suis heureux de décerner au maire Savage et à la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax la certification ISO 37120 la plus élevée du WCCD, le niveau platine. Comme le montre clairement le rendement exceptionnel de la municipalité sur un large éventail d’indicateurs – et son personnel dévoué et axé sur les données – Halifax est un chef de file au Canada et sur la scène mondiale. Le WCCD attend avec impatience de poursuivre ses travaux avec la municipalité en tant que membre important du réseau canadien et mondial des villes axées sur les données de WCCD. » - présidente et chef de la direction du WCCD, Mme Patricia McCarney, Ph. D. 

Parmi les indicateurs du WCCD pour l’exercice 2020-2021, la municipalité a excellé dans les domaines suivants : 

  • Espaces récréatifs extérieurs publics : Grâce à sa vaste gamme d’installations et d’actifs de loisirs extérieurs, la municipalité se classe au premier rang des villes canadiennes du réseau WCCD pour la quantité d’espaces récréatifs extérieurs par habitant;
  • Consommation d’électricité pour l’éclairage des voies publiques : En raison de son engagement important à l’égard de l’efficacité énergétique et de l’écologisation des opérations gouvernementales, Halifax se classe parmi les trois principales villes du réseau WCCD en ce qui concerne la consommation d’électricité pour l’éclairage des voies publiques;
  • Diplômes d’études supérieures : Au sein du réseau WCCD, la municipalité fait preuve d’une main-d’œuvre hautement qualifiée, se classant dans la tranche supérieure de 15 % des villes pour les diplômes d’études supérieures.

La certification du WCCD profite à la municipalité et au personnel en : 

  • aidant à mesurer le rendement des services et la qualité de vie au fil du temps;
  • fournissant des indicateurs normalisés qui assurent la cohérence et la fiabilité des données;
  • permettant à la municipalité de comparer son rendement à celui de ses pairs nationaux et mondiaux;
  • donnant accès à un réseau de villes canadiennes et mondiales pour l’évaluation comparative et l’apprentissage;
  • appuyant la prise de décisions fondées sur des données probantes pour la planification stratégique, l’établissement des priorités, l’attraction des investissements, le développement économique et l’élaboration de politiques; 
  • permettant aux employés de mieux comprendre les buts et les objectifs de l’organisation et la façon dont leur travail contribue. Elle offre également des attentes claires et cohérentes.

En juin 2020, le Service de la planification et du rendement organisationnels de la municipalité a commencé à élaborer le Programme de gestion du rendement organisationnel afin d’établir une approche systématique de la planification et de suivre les progrès réalisés en vue des résultats stratégiques et administratifs prioritaires de la municipalité. La participation au WCCD permet à la municipalité d’évaluer le rendement par rapport à d’autres administrations.

Au cours de la dernière année, le Service de la planification et du rendement institutionnels a collaboré avec des unités opérationnelles internes, ainsi qu’avec des partenaires externes comme Nova Scotia Power, Halifax Water, la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse et le Partenariat d’Halifax, afin de compiler les données à l’appui de la certification. Plusieurs de ces indicateurs ont été intégrés à l’Instantané du rendement stratégique

La certification platine a été présentée par le WCCD au Conseil régional virtuellement lors de la réunion du Conseil le mardi 12 juillet. 

Pour en savoir plus, lisez le rapport d’information du World Council on City Data (WCCD) ou consultez le site Web du WCCD. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2022