Welcome to Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge 

Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge is coming soon! Now is the chance for communities to come up with their best ideas. A smart city uses technology and data to improve livability and opportunities for the city and its people.

Smart cities have the potential to improve every aspect of community life – how people move around, how they live and play, how they earn a living, how they learn and are empowered to participate in society, how they interact with the natural environment, and how they create safe and secure public spaces.

In the lead-up to the launch of Smart Cities Challenge, people across the country are invited to take part in a conversation. What is the top priority for improving your city, town or community? How can smart technology and practices create real impact? The Smart Cities Challenge will allow municipalities, regional governments, and Indigenous communities to bring these ideas forward, and the best ones will win!

How does it work?
Through the Smart Cities Challenge, the Government will work in collaboration with cities and communities that are ready to innovate and take risks – providing financial and in-kind support for their smart cities transformation. The Smart Cities Challenge will achieve measurable, positive impact in communities. It is a merit-based, pan-Canadian challenge, inviting cities of all sizes, as well as Indigenous communities, to participate.

Three rounds are planned, with the first set to launch in Fall 2017. Details on this round and the timing of subsequent rounds will follow in the coming months.

Each round will include:
•    one large prize of C$50 million;
•    two prizes of C$10 million for mid-sized communities;
•    one prize of C$5 million for a small community; and
•    one prize of C$5 million available for an Indigenous community.
Specifics around the eligibility size thresholds will be made available at a later date.

What can I do now?
• Start the conversation in your community.
• Are you a municipality, regional government or Indigenous group? Start building your team and engage your residents.
• Are you a resident? Start getting involved and share your ideas.
• Are you a community not-for-profit, private sector company, or expert? Bring your ideas for innovative solutions to the table.

Be innovative. Take a risk.
Through the Smart Cities Challenge, the Government will work collaboratively with communities that are ready to innovate and do things a bit differently. In some cases, this will include providing the financial and in-kind support needed to help with smart cities transformation.

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