LICER - Civic and Regulatory Innovation Laboratory
The Laboratoire d’innovation civique pour l’expérimentation réglementaire (LICER)– Civic and Regulatory Innovation Laboratory –is a collective project led by the MIS, with the objective of harnessing and accelerating innovation at the municipal and local levels.
Initiated as part of the Smart Cities Challenge (Montréal in Common), it supports the innovative nature of projects proposed in the areas of mobility and food security, featured in the Montréal in Common project guide.
Why a laboratory like LICER?
The partners leading the selected projects share a vision of change to make Montréal a more resilient and fairer city. However, municipal governance models are sometimes difficult to adapt effectively and quickly to the innovative nature of certain projects that respond to current social and environmental issues.
LICER is a lever to support the innovative nature of proposed projects in mobility and food security by providing a space for innovation and co-experimentation which focuses on the challenges and regulatory opportunities that these projects face.
Led by the MIS in collaboration with Cité-ID/ENAP and Dark Matter Labs, LICER will team up with a diversity of actors from different networks, sectors and levels of intervention (academics, citizens, private, public, municipal, national, etc.), in order to:
- identify regulatory challenges and opportunities with respect to the implementation of their projects;
- propose concrete and realistic options to enable public authorities to adapt to changes;
- experiment with these innovative solutions to better respond to the needs and realities of communities.
By using a cross-disciplinary approach in support of Montréal in Common projects, LICER offers a co-creation social R&D space, specifically dedicated to regulatory innovation.
In this respect, LICER contributes to the strengthening of citizen participation and civil society through the setting up of dialogue and prototyping mechanisms, in order to make the transition from a centralized model of public interest to a decentralized model of innovation and public value.
In parallel and in complementarity with LICER
Reflections on regulatory innovation were first initiated at the federal level by the Network of Regulatory Experimentation—“RegX”. Launched in April 2019 by the McConnell Foundation, Dark Matter Labs, MaRS Solutions Lab and theCommunity of Federal Regulators, this network aims to collate regulatory innovation initiatives across Canada, examine their concept, then broadcast best practices and contribute to international discussions on the subject.
At the municipal level, the RegX contributed to the Ville de Montréal’s bid to participate in the Smart City Challenge by including a regulatory component. Winner of the $50 million first prize, which is intended to fund innovative projects to improve the quality of life of citizens, the City has set up its own regulatory innovation laboratory, LICER, to support local initiatives through a cross-disciplinary approach to collaborative governance and data governance. The learning from LICER will expand the range of solutions compiled by RegX.