Vaughan’s Smart City vision is to become a leading, exciting, and resilient smart city through a collaborative transformation that enhances the quality of life for all residents.
Vaughan is in the midst of a transformation with major city-building initiatives underway. With a downtown core rising from the ground – the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre – and Canada’s first smart hospital – the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital – and the 900-acre North Maple Regional Park, exciting projects that are transforming the community.
Vaughan’s population is expected to surpass 400,000 in the next 10 years. As the City continues its evolution, Smart City has been identified as a strategic priority in the 2018-2022 Term of Council Service Excellence Strategic Plan. A smart city uses technology to solve civic challenges, provides businesses with a climate for growth, improves the citizen experience and enhances the quality of life.
Smart City Task Force
The City’s Smart City Task Force had an overall mandate to make recommendations to ensure the City is advancing a culture of knowledge and continuous improvement. The first Smart City Task Force’s efforts led to budget approval of a new Smart City study to aid in the establishment of Vaughan’s first-ever Smart City business unit within the Economic Development department.
In 2022, Vaughan Council approved the Smart City Task Force’s findings and recommendations report, including an approved Smart City vision, guiding principles, strategic objectives, a framework and project prioritization for the 2022-2026 Term of Council.