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Edmonton has been selected as a finalist in the $50-Million category for Infrastructure Canada's Smart Cities Challenge!

Answering the call to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, the City of Edmonton is partnering with other orders of government, local organizations, educational institutions, business and Edmontonians to brainstorm ideas that use technology and data to improve livability and opportunities for the city and its people.

The Challenge

Through this challenge, Edmonton has a chance to win up to $50 million out of the $75 million prize pool. But more importantly, that money will be used to implement innovative solutions to our most pressing challenges using data and connected technologies, improving the lives of citizens.

More details regarding the Challenge can be found at

What You Can Do

Nobody knows Edmonton better than the people who live here, so we’d like to invite you to share your ideas. You can submit an idea through our Smart Cities Challenge website.

Submit an Idea

Also, follow #SmartCityYEG and #SmartCitiesCanada to take the discussion online, allowing everyone to collaborate in one place and feed off of each other's ideas!

The City of Edmonton's Approach

This challenge is about bringing together different perspectives and diverse backgrounds to look at problems from different angles. So, we’re trying to collaborate with as many people and organizations as we can to come up with the best idea to win this challenge:

  • Residents — In the fall of 2017, the City held two focus groups with the general public and one with Insight Community members to identify the challenges and opportunities regarding Edmonton being a Smart City. Also, by collaborating with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the City has sent out a short Smart City survey to community leagues, which aims to improve Edmonton’s status as a Smart City and generate ideas for the Smart City Challenge. Additionally, we have set up a Smart Cities Challenge Engagement Site for Edmontonians to submit their ideas to.

  • City Staff — City employees are one of the best resources when it comes to innovative ideas to build a Smart City as they are in a position to know the needs and challenges that are out there.

    There have been many presentations regarding the Smart Cities Challenge to special interest groups within the City such as the Analytics Centre of Excellence, City Planning, and Information Technology. In addition, an internal communication to all employees went out on November 8, 2017, asking City staff to submit their ideas.

  • Other organizations — The City of Edmonton has invited 14 community partners to participate in the Smart Cities Challenge External Advisory Committee.

    The Committee held its first meeting on November 29, 2017, in which the participants began brainstorming on how to best improve the lives of Edmontonians.

For More Information

Open City and Technology


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