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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.