May 14, 2019
Today, Infrastructure Canada announced the City of Montréal as the $50 million winner of the Smart Cities Challenge. Although the City of Edmonton was not selected for the top prize, the City remains a global leader in digital innovation and Smart City initiatives.
“I congratulate Montréal on their successful bid. We want to thank Infrastructure Canada for hosting this competition and raising awareness of the incredible work taking place across the country in municipal-led data and technology projects and programs,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Edmonton’s thriving community of innovators to create smart, sustainable solutions that increase our quality of life in Edmonton and build a healthier, more connected city.”
The City of Edmonton’s commitment to accelerating Smart City and health-related initiatives by using data and technology has already paid off in other ways. In April, Edmonton was named one of five winners in the North American Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, hosted by the Smart Cities Council. Edmonton is the first Canadian city to be recognized through the program.
“We are extremely proud of our progress to date and have already initiated projects focused on increasing residents’ well-being using Edmonton’s Smart City Framework,” said Wendy Gnenz, the City’s Chief Information Officer. “As detailed in our proposal, projects such as ConnectED demonstrate Edmonton’s collaborative, municipal-driven approach to transforming the health of our residents.”