Edmonton is a smart city, a leader in using innovation to improve municipal services, from public safety to public works to transit.
‘Smart City’ is a term used to describe a municipal ecosystem where technology, innovation and collaboration intersect to create improved civic services and enhanced quality of life for citizens.
Smart Cities are the communities of the future, where government, post-secondary institutions, the arts, not-for-profits, school boards, private business and citizens work together as partners to build a better tomorrow.
As a Smart City, Edmonton is a world leader in leveraging technology and innovation to provide an exceptional quality of life for its citizens.
For Edmonton, being a Smart City is about more than just adopting new technologies and encouraging innovation. Together, we create and nurture a resilient, livable and workable community that rises to the challenges we face today, provides our citizens with a joyful experience and embraces the opportunities of tomorrow.
Smart City Strategy 2017
From Smart City to Intelligent Community. (2.4 MB PDF)
The City of Edmonton has gained international attention for its Smart City efforts.
In 2020, Edmonton won an international Smart 50 Award in the category of Digital Transformation from Smart Cities Connect. The City created advanced artificial intelligence software to predict whether builders will pass low-risk inspection types while enabling the City to automatically pass inspections for builders with a good track record. This reduces red tape by the City, frees personnel to inspect higher-risk projects and shortens timelines for builders.
Previous recognitions also include:
2019 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge winner from Smart Cities Council
2019 Smart 50 Awards from Smart Cities Connect for 'You Can Benefit' community support app and Open Space Autonomous Equipment pilot project
2019, 2017, 2016 and 2015 - Canada’s Most Open City - Public Sector Digest
2017 Top 7 Intelligent Communities by the Intelligent Community Forum
2017 WeGO Smart Sustainable City Award for our Open City Initiative