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Town of Innisfil bestowed award won by just one other Canadian municipality

Town earned Municipal World Scholarships Award for its Rover initiative
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From left, Town of Innisfil operations business manager Nicole Bowman, Innisfil Couns. Carolyn Payne and Donna Orsatti, Mayor Lynn Dollin and Coun. Bill Van Berkel. Photo supplied


Municipal World and the Alliance for Innovation announced the Town of Innisfil as winner of a 2020 Municipal World Scholarships Award for its innovative Rover parking pilot project. Innisfil joins the City of Yellowknife as one of just two Canadian municipalities to receive this prestigious award.  

Innisfil’s Rover initiative, which uses an intuitive smartphone app to help pair drivers with existing home and business owners who have extra parking spaces to rent, was commended by an international panel of local government experts. Rover was seen as not only a “win-win” solution to the all-too-common problem of municipal parking, but also as reflective of the larger culture of innovation demonstrated in Innisfil.  

“Innisfil’s tradition of being leaders in innovation continues,” said Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “Being recognized at this level inspires us all, and will encourage your Council and Town staff to continue pushing the boundaries of local government innovation.”  

With this award, the Town of Innisfil has received a pair of registrations and travel/accommodation reimbursement to the Alliance for Innovations 2020 Transforming Local Government Conference later this year.