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Town Recognized as a Global Leader in Open City Data

Posted on Tuesday April 16, 2019
Council photo with WCCD

The Town of Whitby has been awarded platinum-level International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 37120 certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) – a global leader in standardized city data. Whitby is the 11th municipality in Canada to receive certification, joining a network of cities, like London, Dubai and Los Angeles, from around the world.

“As a Town, we are committed to operating in an open and transparent manner,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “This certification demonstrates that commitment and will help us profile what makes our community a great place to live and do business, on the global stage.”

The ISO 37120 provides a standardized system of 100 indicators that can be measured by a municipality to gauge its social, economic and environmental performance – key contributors to a community’s quality of life. Whitby earned a platinum-level ranking by reporting on 95 of the 100 indicators. The results of these indicators can be shared with other ISO-certified cities to compare best practices and develop innovative solutions to shared challenges.

“Data is an important part of sound decision-making and continual improvement,” added Matt Gaskell, Chief Administrative Officer at the Town. “This certification provides the opportunity to learn from a global network of municipalities and apply these learnings locally.” 

The Town was presented the ISO 37120 certification from Patricia McCarney, President and Chief Executive Officer of the WCCD, at a Town Council meeting held last night.

Whitby’s ISO 37120 data can now be viewed at The Town’s data was reviewed by an independent third-party to ensure consistency.