Tuesday 24 November 2020

The County of Brant Officially Awarded the World Council on City Data ISO 37120 Platinum Certification

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

November 24, 2020

Last evening, County of Brant Council was awarded the impressive World Council on City Data (WCCD) ISO 37120 Platinum Certification and joined the World Council on City Data Global Network. Representing the highest level of certification possible, the County of Brant receives this recognition as part of the Data for Canadian Cities Project, supported by the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities. The County of Brant was chosen as one of fifteen municipalities in Canada to participate in this federally funded program.

During the virtual Council meeting, the President and CEO of WCCD, Dr. Patricia McCarney and Vice President of Public Affairs and International Relations, James Patava were on hand to present this prestigious award to County of Brant Council.

This international recognition is awarded to municipalities that reach the highest standard in collecting, sharing, and using data to effectively make decisions. Reporting over 90 of the 104 indicators within the WCCD administered ISO 37120, the County of Brant is now among a select group of global municipalities reporting at this highest, platinum level. Within Canada, the WCCD network includes a group of thirty cities, of all sizes, from coast to coast to coast, and a further network of 100 cities globally.

Achieving this certification allows the County of Brant to build new tools and systems to enhance decision making, track progress and compare past performance, year by year, supported by the WCCD. As well, the County of Brant has joined a global network where we can compare, collaborate and learn by sharing performance, solutions and progress with other WCCD ISO certified cities worldwide.

For more information about the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and the certification, visit dataforcities.org.


“All communities, large and small, need good data to plan and build modern public infrastructure. Meeting global data standards is critical. Through the Data for Canadian Cities Project, 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 the County of Brant 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 Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

 "On behalf of the WCCD, it is a privilege to award the County of Brant with this highest, Platinum-level of WCCD ISO 37120 Certification. With a focus on its history and a thriving arts and culture scene, Brant is a shining example of a community that embraces its history and culture while equally embracing data to drive sustainable progress and measurable change in services delivered to your citizens and improving quality of life across your community. Congratulations to Mayor Bailey, the Council, and of course, the dedicated staff on this impressive accomplishment. We look forward to working with you for many years to come."

- Dr. Patricia McCarney, President and CEO of WCCD

 “The County of Brant is a great community and we are always working to improve. We are proud to join a network of thirty Canadian cities and one hundred cities around the world. The County of Brant is among a growing group of smaller communities in Canada and worldwide embracing this Certification. It is our belief that data to drive decision making is as critical to smaller communities as it is to larger cities such as Toronto, Boston or Dubai. Being part of the global city data collaborative allows us to globally compare our municipality to others around the world which enhances our ability to make more informed decisions impacting our community’s long-term social, economic and environmental health.” – Mayor David Bailey, County of Brant