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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

Building on Continued Success

The first Smart City Task Force’s efforts further led to budget approval of a new Smart City Program to aid in the establishment of Vaughan’s first-ever Smart City business unit within the Economic and Cultural Development department. A dedicated team is leading our efforts to identify opportunities and establish partnerships with stakeholders both in Canada and around the world. Over the next year a Smart City business plan will be developed which includes a strategic roadmap and governance structure.

“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