A smart city is an interconnected community that leverages the smart use of technology to benefit its citizens, businesses and service organizations for economic growth, social benefits, and environmental sustainability. Through the innovative use of technology and data, Coquitlam works to create safe public spaces and improve how our community:
Some examples of how Coquitlam uses technology to enhance community life and City services:
Coquitlam has been named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2023 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). The Smart21 Communities are chosen by ICF based on quantitative and qualitative data in six key areas: connect, sustain, include, engage, innovate and work.
Smart communities demonstrate innovation in using technology and data to create safe public spaces and improve how their citizens move around, live and play, work and learn, participate in society, and interact with nature.
Coquitlam is the only community in B.C and one of only six Canadian municipalities to be named a Smart21 Community in 2023. Coquitlam was previously recognized by the ICF in 2021.
Smart21 cities have applied the ICF principles to build inclusive economic prosperity, social health and cultural richness, which together make a community strong and resilient.
Coquitlam’s efforts to be a ‘smart’ community focus on technology solutions that increase community awareness of City programs and services, improve resident experiences, transform outdated processes and foster civic engagement.
Some of the specific initiatives highlighted in Coquitlam’s Smart21 submission include:
Adopted in February 2018, Coquitlam’s Technology Road Map (PDF) is a high-level strategic document that guides how the City chooses and uses technology to improve its business functions, operational efficiency and services to the community in the coming years.
Initiatives are grouped under six technology-enabling strategies that reflect the City’s operations, Strategic Plan and Business Plan priorities:
Development of the Technology Roadmap included extensive research, a close look at staff technology use and needs, a community survey and input from the Youth Council.