Improving Thornhill through tech
Sandra Yeung Racco Thornhill Ward 4 Councillor
The City of Vaughan is in the midst of exploring major citybuilding initiatives. Finding new ways to adapt to change, improve the citizen experience and enhance the quality of life are vital. With the population expected to surpass 400,000 in the next 10 years, the City of Vaughan has established a Smart City Advisory Task Force, which will be responsible for generating ideas on how the city can seize opportunities and meet new challenges.
Communities that embrace technology and advanced data analytics to achieve lifestyle benefits for residents, robust economic opportunities and more efficient governance within a safe and healthy environment are better positioned as future growth centres.
Some of these initiatives can include first responder apps and traffic sensors, which can help redirect traffic for better flow and less carbon dioxide emissions in high pedestrian areas.
A major goal for the task force is to receive citizen input to identify future smart city strategies for prioritized projects such as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and customer service improvements, which will benefit Thornhill residents travelling in and out of the region by transit.
The city is also participating in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which calls on communities to address local issues and form new partnerships through the use of data and connected technology. The Smart Cities Challenge is an opportunity to further use technology and information to improve services for all residents of Vaughan.