Mississauga recognized as one of North America's most open cities

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The City of Mississauga is being recognized among North America’s most open cites.

The Public Sector Digest (PSD) 2020 Open Cities Index study ranks Mississauga eighth among North American cities and regions.

PSD launched the Open Cities Index (OCI) in 2015 with Canada’s first benchmarking study for municipal open data initiatives, before expanding the OCI to include organizations from across North America.

A total of 41 participated in 2020.

“It is exciting and rewarding to be recognized for the City’s commitment to being an open, transparent and accountable government that is supported by Open Data,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said.

“2020 was a challenging year. Having the systems in place to collect, analyze and provide data has enabled the City and our residents to make decisions that help protect health and safety. This recognition reaffirms that we are on the right track now and for the future.”

A new category was added this year to show how municipalities have shared COVID-19-related data with organizations and their local community.

As part of its coordinated response to the pandemic, the City of Mississauga created a Coronavirus Response Dashboard.

“Our Open Data program gives everyone access to Mississauga’s demographic, financial and cultural information and more,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.

“The Coronavirus Response Dashboard demonstrates the City’s ability to adapt in our community’s rapidly-changing needs so that we can keep them informed in real-time.”

Since 2015, the City of Mississauga has added datasets in the areas of culture, tourism, business and economy; local government; environment; health and safety; infrastructure; land use and development; parks and recreation; and transportation.

In all, information from the more than 100 published datasets is available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

“The City’s Open Data Catalogue is up-to-date and available for free of charge online, and our policy supports the City’s commitment to transparency and accountability,” said Shawn Slack, Director, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

The Open Cities Index annual survey assesses the openness of North American Cities who participate in the survey each year in three key theme areas: Readiness, Implementation and Impact.

To see the full 2020 report, click here

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