Mississauga competes to be named World’s # 1 Smart Community of the Year


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The City of Mississauga is competing for first place – Intelligent Community of the Year – in a competition organized by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a global network of cities and regions that aims to help communities in the digital age find a new path to economic development and community growth.

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The best community will be announced by ICF on October 28 after their next ICF Summit 2021: Communities on point .

A smart community, as defined by the ICF, is one that engages local universities and technical schools, entrepreneurs and established businesses as partners in the planning and delivery of innovation projects. It examines what can be achieved in the municipality or region, where their expertise resides, and if some of the expertise and capacity is lacking, what the community needs to do to put them in place. It also means involving the public to help determine how and where innovation needs to happen.

In July 2021, CIF named Mississauga one of the top 7 smart communities in the world. Last month, city staff presented to the ICF jury “ 74 reasons Mississauga is the best smart community . “These reasons range from innovations to activities that promote innovation, inclusion and transparency.

Why is Mississauga the world’s first smart community?

  • Mississauga is Canada’s most connected city – home to the largest publicly owned (fiber optic) network in Canada with over 820 kilometers of fiber connecting over 340 sites across the city, making the city attractive to new businesses and for the future construction of the city
  • It offers online training, webinars, workshops and other resources for current and new businesses such as Workforce Development Programs, a Equity and Diversity Collective and a new B2B platform via Mississauga Economic Development Office (BDE) and the Mississauga Enterprise Center (MBEC)
  • It provides access to free public Wi-Fi in more than 95 establishments in the city and at more than 1,100 access points.
  • Over 500 MiWay buses connected to help people get around the city faster and more efficiently
  • Its advanced traffic management center has connected traffic lights and cameras to improve traffic flow
  • It organizes virtual meetings of the Board, the Committee and the public
  • Chromebook and Hotspot Lending Programs are offered by the Mississauga Library – making technology accessible to everyone
  • An open data catalog with more than 200 datasets is available
  • He hosts an annual Hackathon event to develop new ways to improve daily life in Mississauga through technology

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