Finnish Company Setting Up Shop in Windsor

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CKLW AM800 News/Ricardo Veneza


The City of Windsor is the first in Canada to go entirely digital with its permitting system — which is expected to bring jobs to the Rose City.

Finnish company Evolta says it will setup a headquarters in Windsor after council voted in favour of the company's digital permitting system.

Evolta has pioneered a digital permitting system that is used in 330 municipalities across Finland but Windsor represents the company's first step outside its home country.

Evolta Chief Operating Officer, Jarkko Turtiainen sees the partnership with the City of Windsor as a big move for his company. 

"We're very excited about it. Canada and Finland are very similar so, there's a lot of similarities in the way the countries work, the way things operate here so, we're very excited to be here and of course excited at being in Windsor," says Turtiainen.

The digital move will cost city coffers $973,000 but is expected to make operations more efficient.

But according to Turtiainen, going entirely digital isn't as easy as it may sound.

"That's the first thing that people think, 'Oh, it's simple. Let's put the paper onto the Internet and that'll be it,'" says Turtiainen . "There's a lot more to it than that. For us, it took quite a while in Finland to actually be able to launch the system when we did it."

The company is expected to hire 75 people in the city.

Windsor's Chief Building Official John Revell tells AM800 News the system will begin to be implemented within weeks and take up to two years to be completely online.