Ontario home to the majority of Canadian smart communities

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)'s annual list of the 21 smartest communities is one-third Canadian this year. Seven Canadian, five Taiwanese and four Australian communities made the list, with one entry from each of the U.K., U.S., New Zealand, Russia and Kazakhstan. The Smart21 communities were selected from a group of nearly 400. Ontario comprised the majority of the Canadian cities, with the remaining three represented by Alberta and British Columbia.

ICF is a global network and think tank, whose mission is to help communities use information and communication technology (ICT) to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges, and enrich quality of life.

The seven Canadian communities honoured by ICF in 2017

Ottawa, Ontario
Invest Ottawa delivers collaborative economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region. ‎Included are programs and initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurial mentorship, startup development, business incubation services, commercialization, targeted sector development, investment attraction, business retention, expansion, and global trade development.

Grey County, Ontario
Among its investments toward building a smarter community, Grey County has committed to the expansion of fibre optic broadband, the creation of a new youth activity centre, and free WiFi.

Related: 4 of 5 Top North American cities for quality of life are in Canada

New Westminster, British Columbia
Once renowned as a transportation hub, this lower mainland B.C. city—Canada's oldest incorporated city west of the Great Lakes—is currently implementing a work plan associated with infrastructure.

Pickering, Ontario
Located east of Toronto in Durham Region, Pickering is a city striving to enhance the quality and efficiency of its municipal services, while reducing costs and resource consumption. Pickering's accomplishments to this end have succeeded in enhancing opportunities for both residents and businesses.

Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario
Sarnia is defining what it means to be an intelligent community by building the infrastructure needed to develop a better social and cultural environment while creating highly skilled jobs.

Related: Ontario is investing to support a new biotechnology hub in Sarnia

Nelson, British Columbia
With a population of just over 10,000, Nelson, B.C. is the smallest city on the list. Nelson believes recent investments in broadband will provide opportunities that its citizens, young and old, can capitalize on.

Related: Kitchener Waterloo is one of the smartest places on earth, according to Antoine van Agtmael

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada's oil city has created a plan for improving housing developments, transit, and financial planning.

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