Mississauga joins global network of data-driven cities

The City of Mississauga has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization platinum-level certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD), a global leader in standardized city data. Mississauga is one of ten Canadian municipalities to receive the certification. The city joins more than 60 municipalities that are part of the WCCD global network.

“We are pleased to be recognized with this honour alongside other world-leaders including London, Dubai and Buenos Aires,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Increasing transparency and fostering innovation are important priorities for us as we continue to create a connected city for the 21st century. Data-driven decision making is vital for us to deliver high-quality programs and services to our citizens.”

Mississauga reported 96 out of the 100 indicators, earning platinum-level ranking.

“Mississauga is now part of an international standard,” said Janice Baker, city manager and chief administrative officer. “Not only does it show how we are doing compared to other cities, but also serves as a benchmark in our planning process. It is important for us to be able to learn from other cities as we continue to build a world-class city.”

The standard includes a comprehensive set of 100 indicators that measures a city’s social, economic and environmental performance. The Region of Peel, local school boards, utilities and Trillium Hospital contributed data as part of the assessment. Data now shows that Mississauga is currently ranked one of the top 10 cities in the world and the top city in Canada with the highest number of businesses per 100,000 population.

The city’s data was reviewed by an independent third-party as part of the process to ensure it’s all consistent.

“On behalf of the WCCD, it is a pleasure to welcome Mississauga to our global network of data-driven cities,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD president and CEO. “Under the leadership of Mayor Crombie and through the efforts of her team, Mississauga is now WCCD ISO 37120 certified at the highest, platinum level, joining a group of cities that includes London, Dubai, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Quebec City, Surrey and Toronto, amongst others. Harnessing this high caliber, globally standardized and independently verified city data will help to continue to showcase Mississauga locally, nationally and globally as an innovative and attractive place in which to live, work and play.”

McCarney and James Patava, WCCD public affairs and international relations vice-president, presented the city with its platinum-level certification Dec. 17 at Mississauga city hall.

Visit dataforcities.org to learn more about ISO 37120. Visit mississauga.ca/data for more information about open data in Mississauga.

Above photo (from the left): Andrew Whittemore, planning and building commissioner; Harold Dremin, business investment and sector development manager; Janice Baker, city manager and chief administrative officer; Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD president and chief executive officer; Gary Kent, corporate services commissioner and chief financial officer; Robin Uba, corporate performance and innovation manager; Steve Czajka, data and visualization studio manager; and Louise Donnelly, researcher.

Main photo by Markus Spiske

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