SMARTnorthumberland

SMARTnorthumberland is a countywide project focusing on increasing the use of new technologies in County workplaces and the community to help foster an inclusive, prosperous and secure Northumberland.

Technological change is happening rapidly, and is changing the ways that we communicate, do business and live our lives. With a unique blend of urban and rural landscapes, Northumberland faces many challenges and opportunities relating to digital infrastructure. We are challenged not only to keep pace with these technological advancements, but to take an active role in shaping the application of technology for the benefit of our community. The mission of the SMARTnorthumberland project is to take advantage of information and technology in order to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich quality of life.

Take our internet speed test

Northumberland County is gathering data about the state of local internet access, as we continue to look for opportunities to improve local broadband. Help us get accurate internet speed data by taking the internet speed test linked below. 

Please note that you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • A valid email address for follow-up purposes if confirmation of speed test results are required — under no circumstances will your email address be used for marketing or solicitation purposes
  • Your postal code and the civic number of your address to pinpoint the location of your service
  • The download and upload speeds as promised by your internet service provider, as well as the name of the service provider

This information can be used to:

  • Assist interested internet service providers as they plan deployments in Northumberland
  • Inform Northumberland County as we aim to address unserved or underserved areas

Thank you for participating in this data gathering exercise.

Please complete the speed test at each of the three different times listed below:
Once between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Once between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Once between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Begin Test

Digital Literacy Program

Northumberland County invites you to join David Robertson from Tech'd Out Technology Services for free one-hour online learning sessions about technology and internet safety. This program has been developed with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Digital Citizen Contribution Program. It has been designed to help foster a SMARTnorthumberland, the vision expressed in the County's Digital Strategy. 

Staying Safe on the Internet

November 16 - December 18, 2020

Through this session, participants will learn to identify and defend against  common internet-based cyber threats—such as computer viruses, malware and phishing attacks delivered through fake emails and fake websites—using a variety of tools and techniques. The course will focus on:

  • Identifying spoofed (fake) emails
  • Identifying fake websites
  • How to ensure secure website login
  • Using antivirus tools
  • Device-specific security

60-minute sessions will be held:

  • Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Fridays at 2 p.m.

Register

Upcoming sessions

Bias and Fact Checking

January 4 - February 5, 2021
Registration coming soon.

This session will address bias, misinformation and disinformation on the internet and provide techniques and credible sources for fact-checking and cross-referencing information. This course will focus on:

  • Identifying credible sources of information
  • Identifying opinion and bias 
  • Common disinformation agencies and articles
  • Fact checking information on websites
  • Cross-referencing information

Stopping the COVID-19 'infodemic'  

February 15 - March 19, 2021
Registration coming soon.

Through this session, participants will learn how to help stop the spread of misinformation and disinformation in the COVID-19 ’infodemic’ by identifying and sharing credible sources of information. 

Government of Canada logo

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Find an internet provider for your home or business

To see which internet service providers may be available in your area, please enter your address in the National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Digital Strategy 2019

The SMARTnorthumberland project officially kicked off in August 2019 with the release of Northumberland County's Digital Strategy 2019. This strategy was developed through consultations with residents, County Council, County staff, educational institutions, and local businesses and organizations. Northumberland's Digital Strategy identifies current challenges related to digital infrastructure in our community, and looks ahead to seek opportunities for digital innovation, engagement and growth. 

Digital Strategy Overview

Digital Strategy 2019 (Full Report)

Digital Strategy Action Items

Build the digital infrastructure
Internal digital transformational success is based on the ability of our technology infrastructure to support these initiatives. 
Modernize the workplace

New technologies will be introduced that will support or enhance internal business processes to make service delivery more efficient and effective.

  • Office 365 Migration (ongoing)
  • Video conferencing enhancements (ongoing)
  • LEAN initiatives (ongoing)
Transform lines of business

This will include upgrading/modernizing the core critical software solutions and where feasible, automating processes for greater efficiency.

  • Redesign of the County website (completed)
  • Implementation of a new Human Resources Information System (ongoing)
Expand community engagement

Create opportunities for greater discussion and discourse with residents and businesses that will ultimately assist with government decision-making.

  • Participatory budgeting (ongoing)
  • Online engagement portal (implemented Bang the Table)
Enhance digital service delivery

Enhancing digital service delivery options to provide services to our residents and businesses in an accessible, online and always-available manner.

Our digital service delivery has expanded to include the following online services:

  • Payment
  • Donations
  • Registrations
  • Surveys and forms

Other initiatives:

  • Municipal 511 integration (pending)
  • Live streaming of Council meetings (pending)
  • Website accessibility standards (ongoing)
Establish an open data initiative
Anonymized internal operational data will offer the community an opportunity to download, analyze, manipulate and use the data to create views, opinions or even solutions.
Address broadband challenges

Northumberland County has significant broadband challenges. By connecting and collaborating with our partners including the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the provincial and federal governments and regional Internet Service Providers (ISPs), every effort will be made to bring this essential service to as many residents as possible.

Some of these efforts include:

2019 information sessions

On September 25, 2019, Northumberland County partnered with EORN to provide two information sessions about connecting Northumberland through mobile broadband initiatives, and Northumberland County's digital strategy. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the sessions in Codrington and Baltimore. If you were unable to attend, please see the presentation slides provided by EORN below.

EORN Presentation - September 25, 2019

Establish a digital governance framework
As newer technologies are introduced into the County, privacy and security of our community data must be at the forefront. The best way to achieve this is through the development and implementation of a governance framework based on industry-leading best practices in security and privacy control. (pending)
Pursue innovative opportunities

Innovation is the cornerstone of the new knowledge economy. To succeed in this economy, our community must make itself interesting and attractive to developers and entrepreneurs.

  • Emergency Preparedness Mobile App (Android, Apple)
  • Digital Campus (ongoing)
  • Welcome to Northumberland Mobile App (pending)
Facilitate digital literacy

Our knowledge about and ability to make use of newer technologies is limited to our understanding of them.

  • Northumberland County is working with Tech'd Out to provide free virtual sessions from November 2020 to March 2021 as part of their Digital Literacy Program.