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Smart Cities Challenge


The City of Calgary created a bold community proposal to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

Calgary’s submission to the Smart Cities Challenge

Although Calgary’s submission was not selected as a finalist, the Smart Cities team will continue to work with our community and pursue collaborative ways to achieve the high level outcomes aimed at making an impact for all Calgarians and to deliver some of the proposed projects.

The Smart Cities Challenge fostered a collaborative spirit within our community – between government, academia and industry.

The insight gained from the Smart Cities Challenge will help Calgary focus on specific areas that are important to Calgarians so we can continue to make smart investments that will help make life in Calgary better every day.

Challenge statement

Calgary will revolutionize to become Canada’s most inclusive and resilient community by connecting all Calgarians, enabling access to the services, supports and information they need to be engaged and lead fulfilling lives AND increasing economic diversification to create more job opportunities.

Why was this challenge statement chosen?

The 2017 Vital Signs Survey found that 78% of Calgarians reported they were concerned about the level of poverty in our city, with 25% of respondents rating their ability to find suitable employment as poor or below average.

Through our Quality of Life and Vital Signs Surveys, Calgarians overwhelmingly identified that they valued relationships and feeling connected to one another and their community.

The need for creating more jobs and opportunities has been identified as a big issue in our community in the wake of one of Calgary’s worst economic downturns.

Calgary’s unemployment rate went from 4.4% in November 2014 to the highest rate in Canada in July 2016 at 10.2%. In December 2017, it was 7.2%, which is still above the national average.

Our submission proposed some very big ideas poised to transform how we connect and cultivate opportunities for Calgarians.