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January 12, 2017
Toronto becomes first Canadian city to join Bloomberg Philanthropies' innovation team program
  
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies recognized the City of Toronto as a new member of its Innovation Team program, which helps cities drive bold innovation, change culture and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents.

Toronto was selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to designing and delivering bold solutions to complex problems. Other cities selected for the global program include Be’er Sheva, Israel; Anchorage, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; and Durham, North Carolina.

Currently in the third round of funding, the program will allow Toronto to fund an in-house innovation team, or “i-team", to pioneer new approaches that improve the lives of residents.

“This will allow the city to improve our services, modernize our city and save money for the people of Toronto,” said Mayor John Tory. “We need to accelerate the process that is already underway in Toronto to come up with creative and innovative solutions to our everyday problems in the city.”

Innovation teams investigate complex local challenges, design solutions with clear goals and rigorously measure progress to improve residents’ lives.

Each city will be awarded up to $500,000 annually for up to three years. In addition to the grants, the city will receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. The i-team will embark on its mission to design and deliver bold solutions for the city’s most challenging problems.

The Innovation Teams program is one of seven Government Innovation offerings at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Government Innovation equips mayors and other city leaders with the tools and techniques they need to solve urban challenges and improve residents’ lives.

Eligible cities with at least 100,000 residents and with mayors who have at least two years left in office were invited to apply for the current round of funding.

More information about the Innovation Team Program is available through the Bloomberg Philanthropies website at http://ow.ly/StGm308aMBN.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies' mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $510 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BloombergDotOrg.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

Media Contact
Keerthana Kamalavasan
Office of the Mayor
647-460-7507
keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca

Wynna Brown
Strategic Communications
416-392-8937
wynna.brown@toronto.ca

Alexis Weiss
Bloomberg Philanthropies
1-202-203-0066
alexis.weiss@edelman.com

 

 

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