Input & Ideas Needed for Smart Cities Challenge

Smart Cities Challenge

In March, the City of Saint John, in cooperation with Enterprise Saint John, put out a survey looking for input from residents about the most significant challenges facing our community and how data and connected technologies could be used to solve them. The survey closed March 9, 2018. The ideas gathered were used to support a proposal for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge program. It encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

The ideas and input submitted via the survey will inform the City’s proposal to the federal government. Ultimately the City wants to know, if it had $10 million, where does the community think it should focus its efforts from a smart city perspective?

At the same time, Enterprise Saint John is continuing with its, Smart and Connected Community Data Project, which could be helpful in securing Saint John’s bid to be part of the Smart Cities Challenge.

What’s Next?

April 24, 2018-Municipal Applications submitted

Summer of 2018– List of finalists are announced and give $250, 000 to further explore their biggest challenge

Winter 2018-Two successful communities are chosen

Spring 2019- $10 million is awarded to find smart solutions for communities’ toughest challenges.

A new website has been has been set up so people can stay up-to-date on all the latest news on the #SmartCities challenge.  Go to