Niagara Residents invited to contribute to Smart Cities Challenge

Niagara Region, in collaboration with a host of local partners, launched a new website Wednesday Jan. 17/2018 to gather community input that will help inform Niagara’s first submission to the Smart Cities Challenge.

The Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge calls on communities to create a challenge statement that demonstrates how the adoption of smart cities principles could improve the lives of residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

“As Niagara’s Regional Chair, I am anticipating Niagara residents will provide fresh new ideas that will shape a comprehensive and innovative submission to the Smart Cities Challenge that positively impacts the community by leveraging data and connected technologies,” said Regional Chair Alan Caslin. “Regional Council has been investing in technology projects that make a difference in the lives of families and small businesses. Investments in SWIFT fibre internet, the Niagara Open Data website, and Niagara Region’s 2017 ranking as the top upper tier government in Canada with respect to open data, are a clear indication that Niagara Region is a leader when it comes to open government.”

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 all communities below 500,000 residents; and one prize of up to $5 million, available to all communities below 30,000 residents

Niagara residents are invited to contribute their ideas on how Niagara Region, their local town or city, public institutions and the private sector can use technology to make life better in Niagara. Resident can share their bold ideas to improve people’s lives by taking a short survey at

Finalists selected by the independent Smart Cities Challenge jury 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. Finalists will be announced in Summer 2018, and winners will be announced in Spring 2019.

Niagara’s submission to Infrastructure Canada will be sent in by April 24, 2018.

For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge and Niagara’s Submission, you can email

Source – Niagara Region press release



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