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October 1, 2007
City wins Showcase Ontario awards for using information technology
The City of Toronto won five Merit Awards at this year’s annual Showcase Ontario conference and exhibition - the largest Canadian public sector information technology (IT) education event that focuses on serving residents better, through the use of IT.

“Toronto is using information technology to produce innovative and award-winning solutions,” said Mayor David Miller. “It’s great to know that our services are being acknowledged by the IT community at large, in the private and broader public sector, as one of the best.”

“The Toronto Public Service continues to find better ways of delivering services and it’s being noticed,” said Shirley Hoy, City Manager. “We’re building a more accessible, open and transparent municipal government through these award-winning applications and systems.”

Submissions for Showcase Ontario Merit Awards are reviewed annually by a distinguished panel of experts representing the private sector, the province’s public sector, and the IT industry. Recipients are awarded based on the project’s demonstration of excellence in business practices, teamwork, and the use of technology to deliver services to residents.

“It’s a tremendous honour for the City to have won five Merit Awards for using information technology as a key enabler in enhancing City services,” said David Wallace, the City’s first Chief Information Officer. “Showcase Ontario celebrates some of the most innovative projects in the province’s public sector and the exceptional people behind them.”

The City of Toronto’s five Showcase Ontario Merit Award winners for 2007

Electronic Financial Filing System (EFFS) for Election Candidates - one of the first fully electronic municipal financial statement filing and disclosure applications in Canada that enables candidates to electronically track and file campaign finances
Category: Serving Ontario’s Citizens

Online Parking Ticket Payment System - processes the fourth largest number of parking tickets in North America behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and has become the fastest growing mode of payment for parking tickets
Category: Project Achievement

Provincial Offences Act Web Payment Service - an online payment service, developed with the Ministry of the Attorney General, which provides the option to pay for Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines anywhere, any time, for everyone. Since its inception, more than 50,000 residents have used the service.
Category: Working Together

The Scheduler - Toronto Social Services leveraged information technology to build a web-based tool that co-ordinates and manages 600,000 appointments for approximately 1,200 caseworkers in 15 locations across the city
Category: Business Value and Results Through Technology

Toronto Meeting Management Information System - an information system that provides near real-time access to new agenda information in the decision process for more than 60 decision-making bodies, their associated meetings, 10,000 separate agenda items and over 3,000 staff reports
Category: Business Value and Results Through Technology

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, 416-392-4993,
David Wallace, Chief Information Officer, 416-392-8421,



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