Niagara Region, ON: Making 13 a Lucky Number
The Niagara Region, for many, is synonymous with good wine and of course the Falls. A great place to visit.… Read more.
Pinawa, MB: When Nuclear Powers Smart
Imagine a small community of 1,504 residents, built around a nuclear research facility. This same community plans to become the… Read more.
Yellowknife, NT: Spotlight on Light
Four of CityInclusive’s team members come from abroad. As any self-respecting visitor in Canada, we too are keen to see… Read more.
Greater Victoria, BC: Smart Investments in Innovation
The City of Victoria is a 4.5 hour flight away from Montreal, our CityInclusive homebase. However, an opportunity to run… Read more.
Whitehorse, YK: From Skepticism to Momentum
Housing prices are on the rise. Affordability is on residents’ minds. No, we’re not featuring  Vancouver or Toronto (CityInclusive has… Read more.
St. John’s, NL: Not Much Time, Many People to Reach
The City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador has a storied and long history. It also has a mobility issue.… Read more.

Infrastructure Canada has recently launched the Smart Cities Challenge, a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

In an effort to learn about community engagement strategies and inclusive practices of small and mid-sized Canadian cities, our team interviewed individuals and residents in different communities taking part in the Challenge. In this section, you will find highlights of those conversations. 

We extend our gratitude to the individuals who carved out time to speak with us and share their insights, thoughts, and challenges.


What's the prize?

  • One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;
  • Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people;
  • One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.

What is the deadline?

A jury will have selected finalists by 1st of June, 2018. Each of these finalists will receive a $250,000 grant to develop their final proposal. These finalists are expected to submit their final proposals by Winter 2019.