Fredericton Named to Global Top 21 List of Intelligent Communities

The City of Fredericton has been named to the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) annual Smart21 list for the fifth time, Mayor Mike O’Brien has announced.

“As the only city east of the Toronto region to make the Smart21 list, we are incredibly proud to once again receive recognition on a global scale for the work that our community and its residents are doing to make Fredericton such a desirable place to live and work,” said Mayor O’Brien.

Fredericton’s submission to be considered for this year’s Smart21 list was coordinated by Ignite, who is tasked with supporting economic development and newcomer initiatives for the City of Fredericton and the Greater Fredericton area.

“This is great news for Fredericton and our region,” said Larry Shaw, CEO at Ignite and Knowledge Park. “Being part of this list, and the only city in Eastern Canada, really shows that we have what it takes to work collaboratively to improve our community, while being able to compete globally.”

Fredericton joins the following 20 communities, and eight nations in the world list of Smart21 Communities for 2021: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Alexandria Lakes Area, Minnesota, USA; Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK; Binh Duong Smart City, Vietnam; Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada; Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil; Durham Region, Ontario, Canada; Fairlawn, Ohio, USA; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; Township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada; City of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada; Markham, Ontario, Canada; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Moscow, Russia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Prospect, South Australia, Australia; Rochester, New York, USA; Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia; Townsville, Queensland, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Smart21 announcement is the first stage in ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. Based on Intelligent Community Index questionnaires submitted by communities both large and small from around the world, ICF selects 21 finalists with the potential to become one of the Forum's Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. Fredericton has been named to the Smart21 list in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2020, and now in 2021. Additionally, it has placed in the Top7 list twice – in 2008 and 2009.

“Canada again asserted itself on our annual list of 21,” said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla. “This is our most diverse group. Despite the great challenges facing most of these communities in 2020, the work to create Intelligent Communities went forward with an eye on inclusion, diversity, and economic progress in a post-COVID world. The successor to Tallinn is going to be unlike that Estonian city in many ways – but will share the goal of creating a better life for each citizen.”

The official video announcement of this year’s Smart21 Intelligent Communities can be viewed here, via YouTube.

More information about ICF, the Intelligent Community Awards, and the ICF Method, can be found on their website.