Toronto placed 11th out of 30 cities examined, according to a new study by the Digital Cities Index (DCI) 2022, developed by Economist Impact. The results show how cities perform in terms of digital connectivity, internet speed and qualitative factors such as the presence of strategies, policies and plans for technologies like 5G connectivity and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The indicators fall under four key pillars: digital connectivity, services, culture, and sustainability, which assess the extent and impact of digitisation.
For 2022, Toronto was the only Canadian city to receive high scores in the culture and sustainability categories, largely driven by policies related to accountability, innovation and social impact. Toronto also received top marks for its use of digital technologies to support urban sustainability, including improving energy efficiency across core city utilities such as water, electricity, lighting and waste management.