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What is CSN

What is CSN

The Community Solutions Network is a new platform for communities to connect and build a national centre of excellence in open smart cities. A program of Future Cities Canada, the Network is a community-centric platform, serving every type of Canadian community: big, mid-sized, Indigenous, small and northern.

As the project lead, Evergreen is working with OpenNorth and partners to provide valuable information, learning opportunities and advisory services in key areas of data and technology for municipal and community leaders, helping to improve the lives of residents.

What is an Open Smart City?

A resilient, inclusive and collaboratively-built city that uses technology and data to better the quality of life for all people.

Open smart cities aim to use technology and data to:

  • Address issues of social inclusion by empowering and connecting groups inside and outside government, especially marginalized groups.
  • Attract and retain talented and creative individuals by improving quality of life and developing a reputation for open innovation.
  • Establish strong connections through networks that support learning and collaboration on a regional, national and global scale.
  • Improve two-way communication with the public and empower residents to inform the community’s future.
  • Increase the city’s capacity to respond or recover from economic disruption.
  • Increase the effectiveness and reduce costs of providing city services and other government operations.
  • Measure the impact on the natural environment and increase capacity to reduce that impact.
  • Resolve local problems through collective action, open data and other means of collaboration by building new forms of connection, discovering shared values, framing and understanding challenges, and strengthening a sense of responsibility.

The content on this page is derived from the Evergreen and Code for Canada report, How to be Smart(er) in Mid-Sized Cities in Ontario, which was released in February 2018, as part of Evergreen’s Mid-Sized Cities Program.