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This week the City of Vancouver approved its first-ever digital strategy, continuing City Hall’s work to support the local digital economy and improve service delivery for citizens. Here’s some of the reaction from the press and on social media: 


The Mayor and City Council will vote next week on the first-ever digital strategy for the City of Vancouver, continuing City Hall’s work to support the local digital economy and improve service delivery for citizens.

The strategy focuses on improving the way the City provides services online for citizens and small businesses, supporting our dynamic local digital media industry, and putting Vancouver at the forefront of support for digital innovation.

“Making Vancouver a leader in digital innovation has been a key priority of my work as Mayor,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City’s first-ever digital strategy represents another significant step forward in our efforts to improve how City Hall does business and engages with citizens, how we support leading-edge job creation in our local technology and creative sectors, and how we foster digital innovation to make life better for all Vancouver residents.”


Online Rental Standards DatabaseCity Hall will be opening its doors to Open Data Day this Saturday, bringing together app developers, designers, City staff, policy wonks and interested citizens to examine, analyze and explore applications for open data in Vancouver.

“Making Vancouver a leader in Open Data has been a key priority of my work as Mayor, and opening up City Hall to Open Data Day is another way we’re looking to engage citizens and support our local technology and creative sectors in building a better city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Whether it’s supporting renters with our new Online Rental Standards Database or releasing data to help create apps for crime statistics or garbage pickup schedules, Vancouver’s Open Data leadership fosters innovation and makes life better for all Vancouver residents.”

Vancouver was one of the first cities in North America with an open data policy, and recently expanded upon that leadership with the City of Vancouver’s new Online Rental Standards Database. Other releases in Vancouver’s Open Data catalogue have included 311 contact centre data, weekend playfield status, animal control data, street tree locations, and much more. Vancouver is also the only city in British Columbia to post full Council expenses online.


The City of Vancouver today launched a new online searchable database of rental buildings to assist renters to make more informed decisions about their housing.

“The City’s new Rental Standards Database is our latest step to help Vancouver renters and motivate property owners and landlords to keep their properties in good condition,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The overwhelming majority of landlords in Vancouver are responsible and treat their tenants with respect, and many of the properties included in the database are for minor infractions.

“We’re putting this information out there in an easily accessible way, empowering renters to make more informed decisions on where to live.”

The Rental Standards Database includes information about all licensed rental buildings in Vancouver with five or more residential units that have any open bylaw issues, or issues that have been addressed and resolved within the past 12 months.


Mayor Gregor Robertson will be supporting a Council motion next week to develop a mobile ‘City App,’ which would increase access to city services and information for Vancouver residents and businesses.

“Vancouver is continuing to demonstrate leadership on how digital innovation can make a city more open, accessible and accountable to its citizens,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “A new mobile ‘City App’ would make the City’s key services accessible both quickly and more conveniently.”


BC Business Award Plaque presented in Council

…Our experts were unanimous in their view that the city’s open-data initiative – which aims to make the city’s vast trove of data publicly available online – is a true breakthrough.
~BC Business Online

left: Mayor Gregor Robertson congratulates senior City staff in Council today for BC Business Innovators Award for their ongoing Open Data Project.

BC Business has awarded the City of Vancouver 2011′s B.C’s Most Innovative Organization, calling them “a hands-down favourite among this year’s panel of experts as one of the province’s leading innovators”

The Open Data Initiative, proposed by Councillor Andrea Reimer and embraced by City staff, was launched in May 2009 and developed to ensure that citizens and businesses have access to the information that their tax dollars helped to create.

The catalogue now features over 125 data sets, including current business licenses in the city, food vendor locations, public art locations, and complete rapid transit routes – volumes of information applicable to creating everything from digital art installations, City Engineering geotracking or even the next big tourism app for enterprising social media companies.

This marks the first time a government organization has won this award that is most often associated with leading private sector companies.

To read about the city’s award, click here.