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Smart Cities

Federal smart cities finalists gear up for final proposals

Five months after the federal government announced the finalists for its Smart Cities Challenge, members of the winning bids met with the jury for the first time to present their submissions and hear feedback at the Future Cities Canada Summit in Toronto earlier this month.

Final proposals are due March 5, 2019, and the four winning communities will be announced sometime in the spring.

This will be the first of three funding rounds for the initiative, introduced in the 2017 budget, that is aimed at improving the life of citizens through “innovation, data and connected technology” in communities across Canada.

All 20 finalists received $250,000 to develop their proposals.

Winners—one in the $5-million category, two in the $10-million category and one in the $50-million category—will receive tranches of the prize money based on achieving a set of outcomes agreed upon with the federal government, and will have up to five years to implement their plans.

The five finalists in the largest category spoke with The Logic at the summit. While light on specifics, they reflected on some of the challenges they’ve faced, and the work they still have left to do in the remaining five months ahead of their final proposals.

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