North Grenville Achieves Prestigious Platinum Level Certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD)

North Grenville is proud to announce its achievement of the Platinum Level Certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD). This prestigious recognition underscores North Grenville’s unwavering commitment to data-driven decision-making and maintaining high-caliber data standards. The certification was presented to Mayor Peckford and Council by Dr. Patricia McCarney, President and CEO of the World Council on City Data at the Council meeting on May 21, 2024.

As a result of this certification, North Grenville joins an elite network of over 30 Canadian municipalities and 100 global cities within the WCCD framework that collect, share, and utilize data to drive effective and transformative decisions. The Platinum Certification, the highest level of recognition by the WCCD, highlights North Grenville’s dedication to high-quality, globally standardized, and independently verified city data.

During her presentation, Dr. McCarney remarked: “This third WCCD ISO 37120 certification supports North Grenville with a strong and robust dataset that can be applied across the organizational structure, supporting data-driven outcomes through trusted annual metrics. It has always been our pleasure to work with North Grenville, a leader in Ontario and worldwide”.

Mayor Peckford expressed her gratitude, saying “Thank you to the staff and residents of North Grenville for fostering a culture of data in our community. Our collaboration with the WCCD showcases our municipality's clear direction toward our goals, demonstrated by our strong performance on many of the WCCD’s key metrics. In North Grenville, we understand that success is achieved by measuring progress, and this award highlights the tremendous efforts of our staff and community in striving to become the community we aspire to be.”
North Grenville is leveraging this data for strategic planning initiatives, propelling the municipality forward as a Canadian leader in economic development, sustainability, and community wellbeing.

About the WCCD

The WCCD hosts a network of innovative cities committed to high quality, globally standardized and certified city data which is critical for driving innovation and more strategic and sustainable economic development. This data supports city leaders in establishing a baseline for building more resilient, smart, prosperous and inclusive futures for their cities and their nations.

Established in 2014, over the past 10 years, the WCCD has built the most comprehensive city data platform in the world and is now working in over forty countries and has certified over one hundred cities. The WCCD is the global leader in supporting cities to collect, report and use ISO standardized, third-party verified and comparable city data of the highest caliber. This vital data has applications ranging from investment attraction and economic development, innovation and business growth, strategic planning, and progress monitoring, to internal and global benchmarking, to localization of global agendas, and, overall, developing smarter, more sustainable, resilient, prosperous, and inclusive cities.

Working with professionals worldwide, the WCCD was instrumental in publishing the global first: now referred to as the ISO 37120 Series of Standards for City Indicators – the first set of key performance standards to support city data published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva. ISO 37120 – Sustainable Cities and Communities —Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life is the foundational document and the WCCD is now operationalizing two additional standards: ISO 37122 — Indicators for Smart Cities and ISO 37123 — Indicators for Resilient Cities across its rapidly growing global network. The WCCD is now working toward the release of a new standard – ISO 37125, the first ever standard for ESG metrics at the city level.

The WCCD has created the first ever certification system and hosts the Global Cities Registry® for ISO 37120, ISO 37122 and ISO 37123. Further building on this foundation, the WCCD establishes a global hub for creative learning partnerships across cities, international organizations, corporate partners, and academia to further innovation, envision alternative futures, and build better and more livable cities.

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