What is the Smart City Challenge

The federal government recently announced a Canada wide challenge to all communities, regardless of size and borders. The intent of the challenge is for communities to lead the way in implementing data, connected technology, and innovative ideas which better their area. Applications can be multi-sectored and include ideas from research, private sector and government.

There are three prize opportunities which the Town of Yarmouth is eligible to compete.
1. $50 million to all communities regardless of size
2. $10 million to all communities with a population under 500,000
3. $5 million to communities with a population under 30,000

How will the Town decide which idea to submit?

The most important part of this challenge is that is the emphasis on public and community engagement. Project ideas must stem from community engagement and should be meaningful, ambitious and obtainable.

The Town is collecting ideas until the end of January. In February, the top ideas will be sent back out to the public and a vote will take place. The idea with the most votes will be submitted by the Town to the Smart City Challenge. 

When does my idea need to be submitted?

The Town is accepting ideas until the end of January. At that time the top ideas will be presented for the public to vote. Voting will take place in Feb 2018. The idea with the most votes will be submitted to Infastructure Canada by the Town for the Smart City Challenge. 

How will ideas be selected?

Ideas should address the following:

-Feel Safe and Secure

- Earn a Good Living

-Move around my Community

-Enjoy a Healthy Environment

- Be Empowered and included in Society

-Live an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

Examples of ideas that would fit these criteria can be found on the Infrastructure Canada website - https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/smart-cities/applicant-guide