Friday 16 November 2018

The WCCD Welcomes its 10th Canadian City into the Global Network – Welland, Ontario

November 16th, 2018
For Immediate Release

On Tuesday, November 13th, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, officially presented the Mayor of Welland, Ontario – Frank Campion – with WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification. The City of Welland reported 95 out of the 100 ISO 37120 indicators.

Read more: Data opens Welland up to the world (Source: St. Catharines Standard)

From L to R: Mayor of Welland, Frank Campion, Welland GIS Coordinator, Jamie Leitch,
WCCD President & CEO Patricia McCarney

Speaking at the event, held in Council Chambers, Dr. McCarney welcomed Welland as the latest city to join the WCCD’s network of data-driven cities across the globe. “Like many cities that are becoming WCCD ISO 37120 certified, Welland’s leadership has made a bold decision to embrace standardised, globally comparable and independently verified city data as a means to drive a more sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive future. Welland - like many medium-sized cities throughout the WCCD global network - embraces the concept that a city of any size can leverage ISO 37120 to compete locally, nationally and internationally.”

"Council is very appreciative of City staff’s commitment to transparency and accountability through an open government mindset and for distinguishing Welland as one of the leading Canadian and international cities for open data initiatives,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion. “Data is a valuable resource, not just for Council decision-making, but also for providing insight into economic and social issues, and making contributions to the livability, workability, and sustainability of our community.”

The WCCD is the global leader in standardised city data that helps to create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Welland’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organisation that uses standardised metrics to find innovative solutions to shared challenges. Welland’s ISO 37120 data is now viewable on the WCCD Open City Data Portal (accessible through which allows for local, national and international comparisons.

The WCCD ISO 37120 certification comprises 100 indicators around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life. Cities are certified based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviews the city data; ensuring conformity with the definition and methodologies of ISO 37120. Welland is the tenth city to receive ISO 37120 certification in Canada, joining the WCCD global network.

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James Patava 


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