The Government of Canada is challenging communities of all sizes to come forward with their best ideas to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
The Smart Cities Challenge was launched in November 2017 as a new, competition-based approach under the Government of Canada’s Impact Canada Initiative. The Challenge encourages communities to come up with smart cities approaches to solve their economic, environmental and social challenges and improve the lives of their residents.
A smart cities approach means leveraging data and connected technology to achieve meaningful outcomes for communities, such as increasing operational efficiency, enabling information sharing, and facilitating collaboration and integration.
The twenty finalists of the first round of the Challenge were announced on June 1, 2018.
The final proposals are due in winter 2018-2019 and winners will be announced in spring 2019. Four winners will be awarded with prizes of up to $50 million, two at $10 million, and $5 million.
For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge:
- Visit the Infrastructure Canada website for the latest news, the applications submitted and information on the finalists, including videos about each finalist.
- View an interactive map and table of the applicants and the 20 finalists by visiting the Impact Canada Challenge Platform.
- Learn more about each finalist application from the perspective of the jury members who assessed the Smart Cities Challenge submissions by visiting the Infrastructure Canada website.
- Follow and join in on the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #smartcitiesCanada!