May 7, 2018
The City of Edmonton's Proposal in the $50-million Smart Cities Challenge has been officially accepted by Infrastructure Canada. Edmontonians now have online access to the City’s official submission — to read, think about, share and comment on.
“We’re now one step closer to the big prize and are grateful to Edmontonians who shared their ideas about how to make Edmonton a more connected and healthier city,” said Soumya Ghosh, Director of Digital Enablement.
Edmonton’s proposal makes the case for an innovative Healthy City Ecosystem of residents, post secondary institutions, research organizations and governments united to provide meaningful and efficient health services to people. The submission proposes a transformational sharing of secure, anonymized health data. The document also asks all Edmontonians to embrace the idea that health in an urban setting is linked to increasing a sense of belonging in all communities.
“Residents will access the new municipal health support through a digital tool and devices, allowing them to identify and access additional services, relationships and technologies to improve their individual health and connectedness,” the submission states.
Read Edmonton’s colourful, hopeful, provocative 42-page Smart Cities Challenge Submission
Thousands of Edmontonians participated with 120 ideas submitted for the Smart Cities Challenge, resulting in one official submission sent to Ottawa.
“On behalf of City Council, the City of Edmonton and our Smart Cities Challenge Team, I thank everyone who shared their ideas about how to make our city healthier,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “This input was instrumental and I’m confident we have the talent, knowledge and assets to win this challenge.”
Finalists will be announced this summer. If selected, Edmonton will be awarded $250,000 and have until Winter 2018-19 to develop and finalize its proposal. The winner of the $50-million prize will be announced next spring.
The Smart Cities Challenge Team welcomes your feedback via smartcities.edmonton.ca and at upcoming engagement activities.
The Challenge encourages communities across Canada to adopt a smart-cities approach to improve lives through innovation, data and connected technology.