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City of Surrey recognized for Open Data Initiatives


January 15, 2016

The City of Surrey has placed among the top three cities in Canada for open data according to the Public Sector Digest and Canada’s Open Data Exchange. The Open Cities Index report ranks 34 of Canada’s largest municipalities open data programs measuring the readiness, implementation, and impact of the participating cities’ open data initiatives.

“I am pleased we have been recognized for our commitment to an open and accessible government,” says Mayor Linda Hepner.  “The City of Surrey is continually striving for innovative and leading edge solutions to achieve our goals. The Open Data Program is indicative to our commitment to unrestricted access to more than 300 data sets that is freely available to anyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions.”

Surrey’s Open Data Program, launched in 2014, is a key component to the City’s commitment to be an open, transparent and accessible government. The goals of the program are to empower citizens, help small businesses and enable socio-economic development through better access to data. Surrey’s open data project provides free public access to more than 300 diverse datasets from Fraser Valley Health restaurant inspection reports to bike route data to historical climate data.

The new annual benchmark ranks Surrey third and is only inched out by Edmonton and Toronto. The report notes “these cities have placed open data at the centre of their strategies to open up government, while providing the private sector with valuable data for analysis and reuse.”

Learn more about Surrey’s Open Data Program.


Media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey