The Future is Small to Mid-Sized!

Smart Cities Challenge is a great opportunity for mid-sized cities to make themselves more desirable, inclusive and livable for broad populations.

In the latest issue of MacLean’s, Jennifer Keesmaat, ex chief planner for the city of Toronto, stated that Canadian mid-sized cities might hold a key to the future of urban-living; especially for urban millennials, at a time when the country’s population is booming and is becoming increasingly diverse.

At CityInclusivewe believe the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge is a great opportunity for mid-sized cities to make themselves more desirable, inclusive and livable for broad populations.

CityInclusive is a group of young social justice-minded millennials from across the world, based in Montreal, who share a common interest in social inclusion and public leadership for culturally diverse societies. In the coming months, we will be exploring how Canada’s communities are engaging with the Smart Cities Challenge, particularly as it relates to inclusion.

The work of CityInclusive will focus on connecting with different communities to learn about their approach to the Smart Cities Challenge; interviewing city staff, policy professionals and local activists with a stake in making their communities more livable; and analyzing the emerging discourse in academia, as well as on social media, around latest tech-powered initiatives to address community problems.