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It is with great excitement that we have kicked off the Smart Cities Challenge.

Across the country, communities large and small are bursting with new ideas. As Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, I have been privileged to meet with leaders from coast-to-coast-to-coast and hear their bold and innovative plans to improve the quality of life for their residents. Through the Smart Cities Challenge, we will help bring these ideas and plans to life, and find solutions that achieve real and positive outcomes.

As a former city councillor, I know first-hand that local leadership understands best what their communities need. They are the first to hear about traffic congestion, trouble accessing services, or challenges with public transit. The Smart Cities Challenge will ask those leaders to team up with pioneering businesses, academia, and civic organizations to design innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges using data and connected technologies.

Canada's diverse and inclusive communities are the ideal place for new ideas to flourish. By bringing together different perspectives and diverse backgrounds it becomes easy to look at problems from a different angle. And when those talented people come together in pursuit of a common goal, they can come up with inspired solutions that will have a real and tangible impact.

I am challenging leaders to be bold and think outside-the-box. I want you to approach the challenge through a lens of transparency, experimentation, inclusiveness, empowerment, and knowledge-sharing. And above all, I want you to think about what will have the biggest impact on the people who call your communities home.

I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities



The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

  • One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;
  • Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and
  • One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.

Infrastructure Canada is engaging Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations to finalize the design of a competition specific to Indigenous communities that will reflect their unique realities and issues. Indigenous communities are also eligible to compete for all the prizes in the current competition.

The Challenge will be an open and transparent process. Communities that submit proposals will also post them online, so that residents and stakeholders can see them. An independent Jury will be appointed to select finalists and winners.

Applications are due by April 24, 2018. Communities interested in participating should visit the Impact Canada Challenge Platform for the applicant guide and more information.