The Government of Canada has officially launched the Smart Cities Challenge, which will give communities a platform for implementing bold ideas to address priorities that they identify.
Communities of all sizes and from across Canada can apply—including municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities. They will be encouraged to work with the private and not-for-profit sectors and the research community to achieve results that improve the lives of residents. It will be up to communities to set their goals and the pathways to achieving them.
With the launch, communities can begin developing their proposals. Detailed application guidelines are now available on the new Impact Canada Challenge Platform.
Communities will have until April 24, 2018 to submit their applications. Those that are selected as finalists by the independent jury for the Smart Cities Challenge will receive a grant of $250,000 to support the development of their detailed proposal and business case. Winners will receive funding to implement their proposals.
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 available Smart Cities Challenge prizes are: one prize of up to $50 million, available to all communities; two prizes of up to $10 million, available to communities below 500,000 residents; and one prize of up to $5 million, available to communities with under 30,000 residents. Finalists will be announced in the summer of 2018 and winners will be announced in spring of 2019.
Finalists and winning communities will be selected by an independent jury.