Today, PSD announced Canada’s Top 20 Most Open Cities, with the City of Edmonton, Alberta earning the first-place ranking for the fourth time. The City of Winnipeg, Manitoba is ranked second, closely followed by the City of Ottawa, Ontario in third place. The Region of Durham, Ontario earned the Most Improved title, jumping 25 spots from 2017 to earn a Top 20 spot and ranking 17th overall.

In 2015, PSD launched the Open Cities Index – Canada’s first benchmarking study for municipal open data initiatives. The Open Cities Index (OCI) serves as a tool for public sector organizations to measure the maturity of their open data programs.

Open data is most commonly associated with the publication of government data sets to be accessed freely by the public and is a strong indication of an organization’s open government initiatives to uphold the values of transparency and accountability. Since the launch of the first survey in 2015, open data programs have been developed by many communities across Canada, but organizations continue to face challenges related to human and financial capacity to sustain and advance their programs.

The OCI is made up of 71 questions organized within three competency categories: Readiness, Implementation, and Impact. The results of the survey were analyzed and scored according to a predetermined scoring methodology. 55 organizations in total participated in the 2019 Open Cities Index spanning nine provinces, as well as one territory. Six provinces are represented in the list of Canada’s Top 20 Most Open Cities, signifying the breadth of the open data movement across the country. Also participating this year were four municipalities from the United States, with an honourable mention to Coral Gables, Florida for ranking 30th overall and the top performing US organization in 2019. Next year, PSD hopes to engage with more United States communities allowing for the publication of North America’s Most Open Cities. Until then, the following is the list of Canada’s Top 20 Most Open Cities in 2019.

1City of EdmontonAB98.82%
2City of WinnipegMB74.94%
3City of OttawaON74.90%
4City of CalgaryAB74.84%
5Ville de MontréalQC71.78%
6City of New WestminsterBC66.05%
7Halifax Regional MunicipalityNS55.67%
8York RegionON53.79%
9City of MississaugaON48.65%
10City of GuelphON48.24%
11Niagara RegionON46.74%
12City of BramptonON43.84%
13City of BrandonMB43.55%
14City of BurlingtonON41.15%
15City of VictoriaBC40.46%
16City of WellandON37.51%
17Region of DurhamON37.37%
18City of KitchenerON35.69%
19City of HamiltonON33.24%
20City of Prince GeorgeBC32.76%