City of Cambridge receives consecutive WCCD ISO Platinum-level certifications

Posted on Thursday July 09, 2020

Cambridge, Ontario. July 9, 2020 -  The World Council on City Data (WCCD) has officially recognized the City of Cambridge with ISO 37210 Platinum certifications for 2018 and 2019.

Cambridge first received Platinum certification in 2016, and has now been reporting data to the World Council on City Data at the Platinum level for four consecutive years. The ISO certification comprises data on 104 indicators across 19 themes on city services and quality of life, and the data is verified by an independent third-party reviewer.

Cambridge was an early leader in joining the WCCD’s rapidly growing global network of more than 100 cities worldwide, including almost 30 Canadian cities. As the City now moves into its fifth year of reporting, this data-driven approach allows for year-over-year analytics to help inform municipal decision making.

“This recognition demonstrates the City of Cambridge’s ongoing commitment to providing transparent and open information to the public and to continuing to collect the data and insights needed to make evidence-based decisions for our community,” said Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “Being part of the World Council on City Data is an opportunity for Cambridge to contribute and collaborate on a global scale, and I am very proud of our staff for their work towards this remarkable achievement.”

“I would like to offer my congratulations on this milestone achievement to Mayor McGarry and the entire team at the City of Cambridge for their dedication to our common goal of leveraging high caliber, independently verified and globally standardized city data to improve citizen services and quality of life,” added WCCD President & CEO Dr. Patricia McCarney. “The City of Cambridge has been a long-standing and valued partner of the WCCD, and has demonstrated its data-driven leadership both within Canada, as well as on the world stage.”

The WCCD is the global leader in standardized city data to help create sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Cambridge’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organization that uses standardized metrics to find solutions to shared problems. Data and insights cover everything from transportation to wastewater, and urban planning to finance.

Cambridge’s data is available on the WCCD Open City Data Portal (to be re-launched late this summer) which allows for local, national and international comparisons: https://open.dataforcities.org.

To learn more about the WCCD and the certification, please visit www.dataforcities.org

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Media contacts:

Susanne Hiller
Director of Communications
City of Cambridge
hillers@cambridge.ca

James Patava
VP Public Affairs, WCCD
james.patava@globalcities.ca