Welcome to the Open North Training Center, ONTRaC — a core component of our Community Solutions Network suite of digital transformation resources!

Through the Community Solutions Network, Open North works closely with communities to co-create digital solutions for difficult problems. We help our partners use data and technology in an effective, responsible, and collaborative way. With more than a decade of experience in the field, we have developed extensive expertise in the areas of open smart cities, open procurement, data governance, open data, mobility, and climate action, among other key digital transformation strategies.

The Community Solutions Network, now in its third iteration since its launch in the spring of 2019 alongside the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge, offers —  at no cost to communities  — comprehensive support  for communities interested in developing and implementing digital transformation projects. Through this service we offer communities of practice for collaborative learning and project co-creation, tailored one-on-one advice and consulting, and numerous issue-specific research briefs, guides, toolkits, and learning materials. 

ONTraC is a key component in the suite of resources Open North offers and contains both introductory and advanced learning modules on a wide range of digital transformation subjects at no cost! Browse through our extensive catalogue of courses and become an expert in the open smart city approach to digital transformation!

Open North Training Center - ONTraC

This is the online learning portal of the Community Solutions Network. Here you can access courses, guides, and additional resources as part of your digital transformation learning journey. Whether you are just embarking on this path or are a seasoned hand, there are courses tailored to your level and interest!

You should already have received login information from your community administrator. Once you log in, you will receive access to the following:

Basic and Advanced open smart city courses

You will receive a certificate each time you complete a course, and as you take and complete more courses, you'll receive points as well!

Online Open Smart City Community

Access to a community of Open Smart City leaders where you can ask questions and engage with other participants and municipal staff

View your progress, get certified

A page to view your progress on the courses you have begun and download certificates for any completed courses

Get Started

To get started, sign up in and follow three simple steps:

  • Read the user guide and learn on how to navigate and make the most of the LMS.
  • Get your feet wet with the Fundamentals of Open Smart Cities course - the essential background that will help you understand the other courses.
  • Go to the Course Catalog and sign yourself up for any other courses you like!