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Until we know who is the winner of Smart Cities Challenge 

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition with a vary range of community’s sizes, and the Government of Canada leads to encourage cities across Canada to improve the living of residents through innovation. There are 4 prizes:

  • One $50 million prize which opens for any sizes of communities, and populations;
  • Two $10 million prizes which open for any sizes of communities, and populations less than 500,000 people;
  • One $5 million prize open to all communities with populations up to 30,000 people

There were 130 applications and 20 of them have made to the finalist. Any communities or organizations what got into the finalist will receive $250,000 to prepare for their final proposal.

According to Infrastructure Canada, these are the finalists:

  • $5 million prize category:
    1. Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River First Nation), Ontario
    2. Cree Nation of Eastmain, Quebec
    3. Town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
    4. Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Quebec
    5. City of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • $10 million prize category:
    1. Town of The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Rural Municipality of Kelsey, Manitoba
    2. City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec
    3. Nunavut Communities, Nunavut
    4. Saint Mary’s First Nation and City of Fredericton, New Brunswick
    5. Parkland, Brazeau, Lac Ste Anne and Yellowhead Counties, Alberta
    6. City of Airdrie and Area, Alberta
    7. City of Richmond, British Columbia
    8. City of Guelph and Wellington County, Ontario
    9. City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    10. Greater Victoria, British Columbia
  • $50 million prize category:
    1. Waterloo Region, Ontario
    2. Quebec City, Quebec
    3. City of Edmonton, Alberta
    4. City of Surrey and City of Vancouver, British Colombia
    5. Montréal, Quebec

Transform Smarter wishes all the best for the City of Vancouver and City of Surrey to win this competition.

For more information please visit Smart City Challenge Finalist.