Thursday 27 January 2022

City of Vaughan Receives Platinum Certification for Fifth Consecutive Year

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

January 27, 2022

​City awarded the highest level of certification from the global leader on standardized metrics for the fifth year

The following statement was issued by Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua after a special presentation during the Jan. 25 Council meeting:

"I am pleased to announce the City of Vaughan has been awarded Platinum ISO 37120 certification for 2019 from the World Council on City Data (WCCD). This is the highest level of certification from the WCCD – a global leader on standardized data that helps create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. This is the fifth year that Vaughan has received this prestigious recognition, which is a testament to our administration's long-standing commitment to advance a robust and purposeful Smart City agenda. To attain this certification, Vaughan reported 90 key performance indicators (KPIs) used to measure performance on City services and quality of life.

"The WCCD continues to champion the belief that globally comparable data is the essential starting point for innovation, widespread information exchange and Smart City development. Founded in Canada in 2014, the WCCD works to help cities and communities embrace ISO standardized city data that is independently verified and globally comparable to make data-driven decisions.

“In addition to the Platinum ISO 37120 certification, the City of Vaughan has also become an early adopter of ISO 37122 – Indicators for Smart Cities. Once completed, Vaughan will be among the first cities in the world to be certified under this new Smart City standard. 

“Our track record dates back to May 2015, when the City of Vaughan officially became a World Council on City Data Certified City. Vaughan shares a mandate with other innovative municipalities worldwide to build smart, sustainable, inclusive and prosperous cities of the future. In 2018, we established the Mayor’s Smart City Advisory Task Force to focus on creating enhanced opportunities by improving how data is collected, understood and utilized to safeguard and elevate the quality of life for citizens. I am pleased to chair this task force that is working hard to increase economic competitiveness, advance data initiatives, foster innovation, and improve engagement with stakeholders, community groups and citizens. 

“Vaughan continues to seek new and meaningful ways to incorporate Smart City solutions into our ongoing city-building efforts. From improving infrastructure and roads to delivering recreation services and world-class healthcare, I believe that taking a Smart City approach is fundamental to achieving efficient, reliable and innovative city-building.

“I want to offer my sincere congratulations to the City’s Transformation and Strategy department for championing data-driven results through a Smart City mindset and to all members of our administration for their meaningful contributions. Collectively, we are making a positive difference in the lives of our residents, and, together, we will continue to unleash our city’s full potential and build upon Vaughan’s position as a global Smart City leader.”


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