Making Vaughan better for people in our digital age.

The City of Vaughan developed and launched its Digital Strategy: #VaughanDigital which provides the foundation and framework to support corporate initiatives and the City’s desired future state of becoming a world class smart city.

#VaughanDigital, its Digital Strategy, which defines how the City will interact with citizens including online engagement, access to data and content, public connectivity, digital literacy, eServices and mobile apps.

Learn more at Vaughan Digital Strategy

Vaughan is in the midst of a transformation with major city-building initiatives underway. As the City continues its evolution, finding new ways to adapt to change, improve the citizen experience and enhance the quality of life are vital. With the population expected to surpass 400,000 in the next 10 years, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua established a Smart City Advisory Task Force to advance a culture of knowledge and pursue continuous improvement. 

Building on its Continued Success

Vaughan is participating in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. It calls on communities to use a smart cities approach to address local issues their residents face through new partnerships. This means achieving meaningful outcomes for citizens, businesses and visitors through the use of data and connected technology. The City could qualify to win one of two prizes of up to $10 million for communities.

“My vision for Vaughan has always been clear – to build a place where people can live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. I championed the creation of the Smart City Advisory Task Force to continue to make a significant impact on every aspect of citizen life. That is why the City is rising to the challenge of this nationwide competition to leverage a smart city approach to city business. We are already taking a leadership role in innovation to prepare for planned growth. From improving infrastructure and roads to recreation and health care, investing in smart city initiatives is a step in the right direction. As we continue to move Vaughan forward, it is important to empower the community to think about the future and it is vital that residents have their voices heard. Working to become a smart city is a chance to encourage civic engagement, accelerate economic growth and generate efficiencies. It puts Vaughan on the leading edge of innovation to adapt to a growing community that values sustainability and creativity.”
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

The Smart Cities Challenge proposal by the City of Vaughan, in collaboration with our citizens, builds off the leadership of our Federal Government in placing mental well-being at the forefront of its agenda.

By leveraging leading-edge technology, expertise from our Mayor’s Smart City Advisory Task Force and invaluable insight from engaged Vaughan residents, we will implement a Digital Gardens concept to produce scalable, positive outcomes.

Vaughan’s identity is closely linked to a number of smaller communities, with which many of our residents closely identify. The Digital Garden is a collaborative sharing platform for data, ideas and solutions. Through a centrally located Vaughan LaunchPad, in our new downtown core, our proposal seeks to use data and citizen collaboration to foster connections linking Vaughan’s five communities through Local Gardens.

We are confident this will drive social cohesion and enhance a sense of belonging, while improving accessibility to City services, information and events.

The concept of the Digital Garden will change the way we live, work, play and move around, placing Vaughan citizens at the cutting edge of transformation. This will cement and cultivate a “One Vaughan” sentiment and make the City of Vaughan one of the most connected and socially cohesive cities.​

Read the Vaughan Smart City Application