Commentary

The relationship between municipalities and their provincial and territorial counterparts in Canada has been evolving over the years. There is a growing understanding of the need to recognize municipalities as independent governments with the autonomy to deal with local issues. But we’ve also been hearing a lot about the challenges facing municipalities as they increase their scope of power, particularly in times of fiscal restraint. Read more...

All successful organizations must evolve to meet a changing environment. Canada's Public Service is no different. It is adapting to meet Canada's needs, while respecting our code of values and ethics to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the federal Public Service. Over the past several years, our focus has been on renewing and transforming the federal public service, delivering on a dynamic policy agenda, and re-engineering many of our internal and external services. We have made significant progress in positioning our institution for the future. Read more...

Featured Research Articles

Every year the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) picks 21 of the most intelligent communities in the world and then whittles the group down to the Top 7. In 2014, three Canadian cities managed to secure a position in the ICF's Top 7 list. Though very different in their size and economies, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Kingston have one thing in common; a world-class strategy to embrace connectivity and intelligence at the local level. PSD spoke with the key players from each Canadian community to see how they made the list and what other cities, both big and small, can do to take their own intelligence strategy to the next level. Read more...

These days, smart, resilient, intelligent, connected, downright awesome cities are acknowledged on a regular basis for the impressive work they're doing to improve quality of life for their residents and compete globally for talent and business. For cities that want in on the smart community movement – joining the competition for international accolades – it's difficult to know where to begin. Should a city focus first on investing in its infrastructure, its institutions, its people, or even its marketing strategies? It would be nice to implement a comprehensive program that covers all of the bases, but for most cities, revenue streams are strained and local problems are only growing more complex, limiting a city's investment bandwidth. Some national governments are providing greater support to their local governments than others to 'get smart', but more often than not, it is up to the city itself to create a vision, build public support for that vision, and turn over every rock in both the public and private sectors to find adequate financial support to implement that vision. Read more...