NICKEL BELT/ GREATER SUDBURY – On November 30, 2017, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure, officially kicked off the Smart Cities Challenge across Canada, and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, is encouraging local residents to take part in the challenge.
The goal of the Smart Cities Challenge is to ask communities from coast to coast to coast to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. There will be three rounds of competition. The first round is now open and communities will have until April 24, 2018 to submit their applications. Finalists for this round will be announced in Summer 2018 and will each receive $250,000 to further develop their ideas into a full proposal.
The winners of the first competition will be announced in Spring 2019 and will have their ideas funded through prizes of up to $5 million, $10 million or $50 million prizes.
“The Smart Cities Challenge calls on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. I know that the innovative minds in Nickel Belt and Greater Sudbury can work together to solve some of our most pressing challenges using a smart cities approach, and I strongly encourage my colleagues at the municipal level as well as any civic organizations, innovative businesses, and academic institutions that have big ideas to submit them to the Smart Cities Challenge,” said Serré.
Community leadership is the key to winning the Smart Cities Challenge. As a first step, all communities are encouraged to engage with residents to understand the issues that matter to them. Community engagement at every level will be a feature of winning proposals.
Visit the Government of Canada’s new Challenge website for complete details including the application guide and challenge criteria at https://impact.canada.ca/en.
For updates and to join the conversation, follow the Smart Cities Challenge on Twitter with #SmartCitiesCanada.
Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt