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January 31, 2013
Toronto recognized as one of the world's top seven intelligent communities of the year
  
Toronto has been named one of the world’s top seven intelligent communities of the year by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

“It's great that Toronto has been recognized as a top seven intelligent community,” said Mayor Rob Ford. "Toronto has the largest information technology sector in Canada and the third largest in North America. Over 160,000 people are employed in the local Information technology sector and that figure is expected to grow by 35,000 over the next five years."

The top seven intelligent communities are being recognized for creating local prosperity and inclusion using broadband and information technology to attract leading-edge businesses, build skills, generate economic growth, and improve the delivery of government services. Toronto’s robust post-secondary cluster, innovative business incubator initiatives and programs that use technology for enhancing social inclusion were among the many reasons for Toronto being named a top seven.

The top seven community recognition is the second step in the international 2013 intelligent community of the year award process. Joining Toronto on the list are Stratford, Ont.; Columbus, Ohio; Taichung City, Taiwan; Taoyuan County, Taiwan; Oulu, Finland; and Tallinn, Estonia. Further information is available at http://www.intelligentcommunity.org

The ICF also seeks to share the best practices of the world’s intelligent communities in adapting to the demands of the broadband economy to help communities everywhere find sustainable renewal and growth.

“The ICF recognizes, in part, the catalytic work underway by Waterfront Toronto to build and promote the waterfront as a world-leading intelligent community,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee. "Waterfront Toronto is creating new intelligent neighbourhoods that revolutionize how services are delivered to residents, promote economic growth, and enable innovation through an advanced telecommunications network."

As part of the intelligent community strategy for the area, Waterfront Toronto has partnered with Beanfield Metroconnect to create Canada’s first open-access, ultra-high speed broadband community network. East Bayfront and West Don Lands, Toronto’s new waterfront communities currently under construction, will feature one of the most advanced fibre-optic networks in the world, delivering Internet connection speeds up to 500 times faster than typical North American networks.

“The ultra-high speed broadband community network will help establish Toronto’s waterfront as the new centre of innovation and stimulate economic growth by helping the city remain competitive,” said John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto.

The top seven communities of the year were drawn from the Smart21 of 2013 by a team of independent academic experts. The intelligent community forum of the year award will be announced in New York City in June 2013.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Shane Gerard
Senior Communications Coordinator
416-397-5711
sgerard@toronto.ca

Michelle Noble
Director of Communications & Marketing, Waterfront Toronto
647-288-8048
MNoble@waterfrontoronto.ca

 

 

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