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Feds announce 20 finalists of the Smart Cities Challenge

Each finalist receives a grant of $250,000 to develop their final proposals that outline all design, planning, privacy, data protection and project management components.


On June 1, the Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced the 20 finalists of the Smart Cities Challenge:

 

 

  • Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, Ontario ($5M prize)
  • Bridgewater, Nova Scotia ($5M prize)
  • Cree Nation of Eastmain, Quebec ($5M prize)
  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Quebec ($5M prize)
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories ($5M prize)
  • Airdrie and Area, Alberta ($10M prize)
  • Communities of Nunavut, Nunavut ($10M prize)
  • Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec ($10M prize)
  • Greater Victoria, British Columbia ($10M prize)
  • Guelph and Wellington County, Ontario ($10M prize)
  • Parkland, Brazeau, Lac Ste Anne and Yellowhead Counties, Alberta ($10M prize)
  • Richmond, British Columbia ($10M prize)
  • Saint Mary’s First Nation and Fredericton, New-Brunswick ($10M prize)
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ($10M prize)
  • The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and Kelsey, Manitoba ($10M prize)
  • Edmonton, Alberta ($50M prize)
  • Montreal, Quebec ($50M prize)
  • Quebec City, Quebec ($50M prize)
  • Region of Waterloo, Ontario ($50M prize)
  • Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia ($50M prize)

More than 200 communities, large and small, from across Canada responded to the Challenge, submitting ideas that have the potential to improve their communities in areas such as reconciliation, protection of Indigenous language and culture, food security, better education and health for youth and children, and affordable housing.

Summaries of the finalists’ applications, along with their Challenge Statements and the evaluation criteria are posted on the Impact Canada website.

Each finalist will receive a grant of $250,000 to further develop their ideas into final proposals that outline all design, planning, privacy, data protection and project management components of their plans.

Four winners will be announced in spring 2019.

  • one prize of up to $50 million, available to all communities;
  • two prizes of up to $10 million, available to all communities below 500,000 residents; and
  • one prize of up to $5 million, available to all communities below 30,000 residents.