The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is delighted to participate in the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. For each month in 2017, we will feature stories about standardization and SCC’s progressive leadership to deliver innovative standardization solutions and how they have helped to shape Canada’s history. Access the complete series of articles about Canada's Leadership in Standardization: Celebrating Canada 150.
Standards are part of the essential foundation that supports a country’s economic and social prosperity. As we celebrate Canada 150 this month, we also celebrate standards and the important role that they have played in Canada’s past – and that they will play even more in our future. Standards help drive business innovation, enable companies to access new markets and grow, support our governments by providing efficient options to help them meet regulatory requirements and reassure consumers that products are safe, reliable and environmentally sustainable.
World Standards Day is celebrated around the globe each year on October 14. It is a collaboration between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). SCC joins the international community each October to celebrate the importance of standards and the ways in which they improve the economic and social well-being of Canadians. More broadly, World Standards Day enables standards organizations like SCC to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.
SCC alternates each year between in-person events and online activities (content and promotion) to celebrate World Standards Day. This year, SCC is promoting the theme of “Standards make cities smarter” through its website and social media channels.
International Standards makes things work safely and efficiently at every level in cities. They provide the foundation for electricity access and all the many devices and systems that use electricity and contain electronics. They support the information and communication technologies that enable data collection, exchange and analysis, and information security. And they provide important guidance for all aspects of city life, including energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transportation, improved waste management, building sustainable communities and more.
There are many ways standards make cities smarter. Learn how we are leading the way in this field with our feature article Canada’s leadership is helping to make cities smarter. Join SCC this year as we share and promote online content and activities linked to WSD 2017 and Smart Cities. Follow us on Twitter – #WorldStandardsDay2017, #WSD2017 and #standardsmatter.
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