Finnish firm hired to speed up building permit process

Windsor will soon be the first city in Canada to process building permits 100% digitally.

It could be a big help for anyone who plans to build a house, or company that has a new development planned.

City council voted in favour of a recommendation to hire the Finnish firm, Evolta on a $1.5-million contract. The company already digitally produces permits for 250 cities in Finland.

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Finnish company setting up shop in Windsor

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.

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Windsor first in Canada to go digital with permitting system

The City of Windsor will be the first in Canada to go fully digital with its permit system.

The building department issued 4,000 permits last year.

But in a move toward a paperless environment, the city has contracted Finnish company Evolta to transition the city to digital “e-permits.”

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Finnish company digitalising public services in North America


Finnish Evolta Oy is now taking its digitalisation expertise to North America as well – the aim is to speed up construction by digitalising the building permit process

Evolta, which specialises in the digitalisation of the building permit process, has sold its service to North America, where the company’s first customer is the City of Windsor, the southernmost city in Canada, in the province of Ontario. The acquisition decision was made in mid-June.

“This deal is a milestone not only for Evolta, but for Finland as a whole. Evolta’s story began as part of Finland’s Ministry of Finance’s Action Programme on eServices and eDemocracy (SADe) in 2011, at which point very few people believed that a service like this could be turned into an export product. Today, however, were are spreading our message of digitalisation and democracy on a global scale,” rejoices Evolta’s CEO Jani Muhonen.

In construction, time is literally money, as waiting around is prohibitively expensive. “We need to have a permit process in place in construction in order to maintain our living environment in a state that promotes well-being. However, the actual permit process should not be a hinderance to construction. Evolta’s service will allow us to provide a common workspace for citizens applying for permits, professionals planning projects and authorities granting permits. This allows for open information exchange and interaction, leading to higher quality decision-making and a more efficient permit process, which saves both time and resources,” states John Revell, the chief building official of the City of Windsor.

From Windsor, Evolta will continue its journey to the rest of North America, where attitudes towards digitalisation and change are very positive, especially among public authorities. “The interest shown in our services has exceeded expectations. The time for change is now,” Muhonen summarises.

Evolta Oy in brief:

  • A company specialising in the digitalisation of the building permit process
  • Over 200 municipal customers in Finland
  • The contract signed with Windsor is valued at approximately one million Canadian dollars
  • Evolta’s service can as much as triple the efficiency of the building permit process
  • Evolta has succeeded in supporting the positive impacts of digitalisation by facilitating growth in an ecological manner and by making public services more equal, for example, thereby increasing equality between citizens. The service also strengthens democracy through openness and by promoting participation
  • Open information exchange and interaction enable the creation of higher quality decisions and speed up the actual permit process.

For more information, please contact:

COO Jarkko Turtiainen, +358 40 350 4675,

Published 4.9.2018