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Saint John Submission to Tackle Population Decline


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

“We really appreciate our citizens stepping forward with their ideas of how we tackle this challenge of population decline. We know we need to grow our city and we’ve taken steps to do that, but is there something new we should be trying? We know people in Saint John are innovative, determined and willing to help. We just need to show in our application we are ready to solve this challenge,” says Don Darling, Mayor of the City of Saint John.

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, is using the information gathered through the engagement to develop the 20 question submission. 

The basis for the application is a “Challenge Statement”, a definition of the outcome(s) 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. 

The project team must also demonstrate the technical viability and the capacity to carry out projects, if selected.

“Population issues face many of our communities across the country, and with Saint John being the only census metropolitan area (CMA) that has faced a decline, it is imperative that a solution be found,” says Paul Mansz, Associate Partner, IT Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP. “Building on foundational work already commissioned through the Smart & Connected Community Data Project, EY is pleased to be working with community leaders to develop a compelling application for the Smart Cities Challenge.  Success will help Saint John – and ultimately other communities across the country –attract and retain more newcomers.”

The Project Team will present to Saint John Common Council at its April 23 meeting. The application will be submitted on April 24 and will be made public upon permission from Infrastructure Canada.

For more information on the City of Saint John’s Smart Cities Challenge, visit here.

To learn more about the criteria cities need to meet for the Smart Cities Challenge, go to: https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/smart-cities.


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