City Receives WCCD Platinum Certification for Open Data

13-Oct-2020

The City of Greater Sudbury is pleased to receive Platinum Certification by the World Council on City Data (WCCD), the highest certification level offered by the Canada-based, global leader in standardized city data, creating smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. The certification positions the City to compare best practices with award winning cities, on a global level, to further strengthen existing municipal benchmarking efforts to measure the performance of the 58 lines of service offered to the community.  

“I am so proud that we have achieved such a high level of recognition for our work, which directly supports the commitment City Council has made to transparency and accountability through open government,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “In these uncertain times, having this data available to us will better position City Council to develop strategic and effective plans to support our residents and the future of our community. We will continue to support initiatives that reinforce and support our leadership in this field, both on a national and international level.”

The City joined the WCCD in January 2020, through the Data for Canadian Cities Project, supported by the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities. This three-year pilot project includes the collection of 104 globally standardised, comparable and independently verified indicators. Joining the WCCD Global Network aligns Greater Sudbury with almost 100 cities across the world, including 30 across Canada, all committed to leveraging city level data to improve service delivery and quality of life. Greater Sudbury received the certification by reporting over 90 of the 104 indicators, including all 46 core indicators, across 19 themes ranging from public safety to recreation. 

“Local governments are great at sharing information that helps share knowledge about how services can work better or cost less. Demands for our services aren’t going down, so to sustain affordable service levels we need to learn as much as we can from people that have already traveled the same road to effectively map out strong plans for the future,” said Ed Archer, City of Greater Sudbury, Chief Administrative Officer. “Our participation in the World Council on City Data produces important insights that help Council make decisions and provides assurance our services remain affordable, efficient and effective.”

The WCCD three-year pilot project, ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life, uses a variety of standards including MBNCanada benchmarking data combined with data from the Provincial and Federal governments, including Statistics Canada, to develop a thorough profile of the City’s quality of life. 

"Greater Sudbury is such a vibrant regional hub for financial and business services, tourism, health care and research, education and government for Northeastern Ontario. Additionally, the City is an example throughout Canada and globally in its use of city data to support excellent service delivery, focusing on its residents' quality of life,” said Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO. “In recognition of this commitment, it is my pleasure to congratulate Mayor Bigger, City Council, and the truly dedicated City Staff on their WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification. Through the three-year “Data for Canadian Cities Project” supported by the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, the WCCD looks forward to offering you our ongoing support in your commitment towards becoming even more data-focused while prioritizing sustainability, resilience, inclusivity and prosperity for the residents of Greater Sudbury." 

“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,” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am delighted that Greater Sudbury 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 WCCD pilot project adds to the complement of benchmarking activities currently in place for Greater Sudbury, including participation in the Annual BMA Study and Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (MBNCan). 

More information on the City’s benchmarking and performance measurement practices can be found at greatersudbury.ca/benchmarking

To learn more about the WCCD, visit dataforcities.org.

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