Smart City

Smart cities are innovative places that use technology and data to create safe public spaces and improve how citizens:

  • Move around
  • Live and play
  • Work and learn
  • Participate in society
  • Interact with nature

Examples include better city planning and the use of technology to create greener buildings, smart roads and energy systems, and advanced digital connections for homes and businesses.

How Coquitlam Uses Technology to Enhance Community Life & City Services

  • MyCoquitlam secure web portal for City of Coquitlam accounts such as utilities, property taxes and dog licences
  • Open Data Portal - finding City data easier than ever through maps, tables, charts and images
  • Viewpoint online community survey panel
  • Council Meeting webcasts and online agendas and minutes
  • eServices for online payments, renewals, program registration and permit application
  • Free Wi-Fi in City parks and civic facilities, including City Hall, Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex and City Centre Aquatic Complex, with more locations being added during the summer and fall of 2019 (Wi-Fi Map)
  • LED street lights
  • Public safety cameras
  • Solar-powered mobile device charging station in Spirit Square
  • Traffic management systems
  • GPS fleet management system on service vehicles
  • Online building inspection booking tool and mobile building inspections
  • State-of-the-art QNet fibre optic network
  • Qthe Map-Web interactive City map to find zoning information, area plans, parks, City facilities, utility data and property information
  • Virtual Reality for planning future development, allowing City staff, Council and the public to take realistic walk-throughs of proposed developments and how they fit into the neighbourhood and with each other. View the Virtual Reality Planning demo video.
  • Community Information Hubs with tourism, city and wayfinding information, starting with a pilot outside the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station to be launched in early summer. View the Community Information Hub demo video.
  1. Smart21 Community
  2. Technology Road Map
  3. Technology Strategy

Coquitlam has been named as one of the Smart21 Communities of 2021 by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF).

Coquitlam joins regional counterparts at the City of Maple Ridge and the Township of Langley, and international counterparts including Belfast, Northern Ireland, Moscow, Russia and Wellington, New Zealand in achieving this distinction. In total, eight Canadian communities are on the list vying to be named the 2021 Intelligent Community of the Year in October 2021.

The Smart21 Communities are chosen by ICF based on quantitative and qualitative data on six key areas: connect, sustain, include, engage, innovate and work. Under the ICF Method, these factors determine a community’s competitiveness in economic, social and cultural terms. 

Learn more about this award and Coquitlam's keys to success.