Search form

Become a Member Today Sign Up

Canada's Top 20 Most Open Cities Announced for 2017

Canada's Top 20 Most Open Cities Announced for 2017

Now in its third year, the Open Cities Index launched in 2015 as Canada’s first study to benchmark municipal open data initiatives across the country. The 2015 edition of the Open Cities Index included 34 of Canada’s largest municipalities, with the City of Edmonton securing the number one spot in the inaugural ranking. This year, the Open Cities Index includes 61 municipalities, with 9 brand new participating communities. For the third year in a row, the City of Edmonton has grabbed the top spot in the Open Cities Index ranking, claiming once again the title of “Canada’s Most Open City.”

For the third year in a row, the City of Edmonton has been named Canada’s most open city, with the City of Toronto retaining its second place ranking. The City of Winnipeg has climbed seven positions from 10th in 2016 to third in 2017. The 2017 Top 20 list includes two municipalities brand new to the Index: Kamloops and Greater Sudbury, coming in 15th and 19th respectively. The City of Welland, Ontario, with a population of 52,293, earned the “Most Improved” accolade this year, climbing 37 spots in the ranking from 57th in 2016 to 20th in 2017. The 2017 Top 20 list includes 10 municipalities from Ontario, four from British Columbia, three from Alberta, two from Manitoba, and one from Quebec. 

New this year, PSD recognized the top municipalities from four population categories: 0-50,000, 50,001-100,000, 100,001-250,000, 250,000+. With municipalities of different sizes having varying capacities to advance their open data initiatives, it is important to recognize the impressive work being done in the open data space, despite limited resources. The top ranking community in the large municipality category (250,000+) is of course the City of Edmonton with 932,546 residents. The top ranking municipality in the second population category (100,001-250,000) is the Town of Oakville, ON, with a population of 193,832 and an overall rank of 17th. In the third population category (50,001-100,000), the City of New Westminster, BC, with a population of 70,996, secured the top spot and an overall ranking of 6th. Finally, in the smallest population category (0-50,000), the City of Brandon, MB, with a population of 48,859 scored the highest ranking (13th overall). PSD also recognized the Regional Municipality of Niagara as the highest scoring upper-tier municipality in the 2017 ranking, rising from 14th to 9th this year. Upper-tier local governments (counties and regions) have differing responsibilities and often more limited access to certain data sets compared to lower-tier or single-tier municipalities.


Open Cities Index in the News 

Brampton Ranks One of Canada's Most Open Cities

Brandon cracks top 20 in open data list of Canada's cities

City of Edmonton scores a hat trick as Canada's Most Open City

Winnipeg ranks third in Canada's Open Cities

Town of Oakville praised for information it provides to the public

2017 Open Cities Index: How open is your city?

Oakville and Burlington Ranked Among Canada's Most Open Cities

Niagara Region top upper-tier municipality in Canada on Open City Index

With one year until the 2018 election, Mayor Brian Bowman has plenty left to do 

York Region's Open Data is on the Move 

The full 2017 Open Cities Index methodology can be found here.

For more information contact:

info [at] publicsectordigest [dot] com