Local Counties Announced as Finalists in Smart City Challenge — June 1, 2018

Local Counties Announced as Finalists in Smart City Challenge

June 1, 2018

OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that the finalists of Infrastructure Canada’s Smart City Challenge have been announced.

In November 2017, the federal government challenged communities across the country to develop bold and ambitious ideas to improve the lives of their residents using data and connected technology.

Over 200 communities, large and small, from across Canada submitted their ideas to the Smart Cities Challenge. An independent panel of 13 jury members evaluated these submissions and has selected twenty finalists.

“I was excited to learn that four of our very own counties have been selected to move on to the next step of the challenge,” stated MP Eglinski.

Parkland, Brazeau, Lac Ste Anne and Yellowhead Counties all teamed together to submit a proposal that would help their “agricultural community to revitalize and grow through the connection of people to the land and food while attracting citizens to share in its prosperous, innovative and resilient way of life.”

The counties’ submission is one of ten in the prize category for up to $10 million that was open to communities with populations under 500,000 people. Out of the ten finalists in this category, two will be selected.

In the next and final stage, each applicant group will receive a $250,000 grant to help develop its final proposal that outline all design, planning, privacy, data protection and project management components of their plans. The grant can be used for activities such as staffing, professional services, feasibility assessments, capacity building, pilot projects, community engagement and communications, data, and relevant training.

The winners are expected to be announced in the spring of 2019.

“Congratulations to our counties on their grant and the best of luck in this final stage of the challenge!” concluded MP Eglinski.

For more information, visit: https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/smart-cities

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