Vaughan is in the midst of a transformation with major city-building initiatives underway. As the City continues its evolution, it is vital to find new ways to adapt to change, while improving the citizen experience and enhancing the quality of life.
With the population expected to surpass 400,000 in the next 10 years, Vaughan has identified Smart City as a strategic priority in the 2018-2022 Term of Council Service Excellence Strategic Plan.
Smart City Task Force
The City’s Smart City Task Force had an overall mandate to make recommendations to ensure the City is advancing a culture of knowledge and continuous improvement. The first Smart City Task Force’s efforts led to budget approval of a new Smart City study to aid in the establishment of Vaughan’s first-ever Smart City business unit within the Economic Development department.
In 2022, Vaughan Council approved the Smart City Task Force’s findings and recommendations report, including an approved Smart City vision, guiding principles, strategic objectives, a framework and project prioritization for the 2022-2026 Term of Council.
Award-winning Smart City Initiatives
- The City achieved the Smart Cities Early Adopter International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 37122 certifications from the World Council on City Data.
- Activate!Vaughan Smart City Challenge won a Gold Award from the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) in 2022.
- Vaughan is a two-time recipient of the 2021 Smart50 Awards for the Winter Maintenance Artificial Intelligence System and the LED Streetlight Retrofit Program.