With cities now responsible for 70 percent of global GDP, an understanding of cities in their larger metropolitan areas or city-regions is essential. The Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) has led an Aggregation Pilot Exercise consisting of municipalities across a broad urban region of Toronto, Canada together with the Province of Ontario and governmental agencies to aggregate municipal data for the “Toronto Urban Region” in order to generate knowledge about the region and to situate the region globally.
The report, “Data, Boundaries, Competitiveness: The Toronto Urban Region in a Global Context,” was released at the GCIF Ontario Municipal Roundtable on December 10th, 2013 to an audience of municipal, regional and provincial officials. The report makes the case for aggregated city-level data, outlines the process of the Ontario Aggregation Pilot Working Group, and presents the findings of the aggregation exercise. Global comparators of the “Toronto Urban Region” are suggested through the lens of global competitiveness, and critical next steps to ensure the Region’s strategic positioning are detailed.