Government of Canada announces funding to help Canadian communities explore and implement smart cities approaches
Providing advisory and capacity-building services directly to communities
Ottawa, Ontario, October 11, 2018 — Fostering a culture of change, continuous improvement and innovation in Canadian communities through the use of data and connected technology will create more livable, inclusive communities and opportunities to continue growing Canada’s middle class.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that Evergreen will be funded under the Smart Cities Community Support Program.
The mandate of the Community Support Program is to support not-for-profit organizations that will provide advisory and capacity-building services directly to communities as they explore and implement smart cities approaches and also support current finalists and future applicants of the Smart Cities Challenge in advancing their thinking and developing strong final proposals.
After an open callout on June 7, 2018 to not-for-profit organizations across Canada, Evergreen was selected for its extensive experience working across multiple sectors, and leveraging community engagement, support and capacity-building to plan and deliver large-scale initiatives.
Evergreen will work with OpenNorth and the Future Cities Canada collaborative platform, and numerous non-profit institutions and foundations across Canada to deliver activities that will help ensure that all communities have access to the information and guidance they need to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
“The Smart Cities Challenge is about creating innovative, inclusive and sustainable communities that Canadians are proud to call home, now and for years to come. The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with Evergreen and its diverse partners to support communities large and small across the country as they explore and implement ambitious smart cities ideas to improve the lives of their residents.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
The Community Support Program aims to foster a culture of change, continuous improvement and innovation in Canadian communities by supporting recipient not-for-profit organizations in offering advisory and capacity building support measures aimed at increasing communities’ capacity to adopt smart cities approaches.
Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada launched the first of three rounds of the Smart Cities Challenge in November 2017, encouraging communities across the country to develop and implement smart cities initiatives. Finalists were announced on June 1, 2018, and winners will be announced in spring 2019.
- Backgrounder: Community Support Program
- Announcement of Finalists: Smart Cities Challenge improving the lives of Canadians through innovation, data, and technology
- Government of Canada launches the Smart Cities Community Support Program to help communities improve the quality of life for their residents
- Smart Cities Community Support Program Application Guide
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
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