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Smart Cities Challenge



Read the City's full application (posted May 2, 2018)

Visit smartcitiessj for more information.

City's Submission to Tackle Population Decline (link to news release)

The Challenge

In the fall of 2017, Infrastructure Canada released details of the Smart Cities Challenge. The smart cities approach aims to achieve meaningful outcomes for a city’s residents by leveraging the benefits that data and connected technology can offer.

 A "Smart Cities" approach includes:

The basis for the application is a “Challenge Statement”, a definition of the outcome or outcomes a community aims to achieve by implementing its Smart Cities proposal. The Challenge Statement must be measurable, ambitious, and achievable through the proposed use of data and connected technology.

Public Engagement

Key to the submission is the community's approach to public engagement.

Our approach to community engagement

Our mandate is clear.   Through the city-wide engagement process, the community chose “population decline” as the challenge that they would like Saint John to submit for consideration in the Smart Cities Challenge.

Letters of support

Moving Forward

The Project Team consisting of members from the City of Saint John, Enterprise Saint John, EY, Saint John MP Wayne Long’s office, Wicked Ideas and the Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Center presented to Common Council on April 23, 2018 (at 26:36). The application was submitted April 24 and is available (here).

Thank you to the hundreds of local residents who provided input. Hundreds of volunteer hours have been spent on this project. Stray tuned for opportunities to get involved.

A list of finalists will be announced in the summer of 2018 and will receive up to $250,000 to further substantiate their ideas. Final submissions of the proposals will be expected by winter 2018/19, with only two successful communities awarded $10 million in the spring of 2019.