"Across the country, communities large and small are bursting with new ideas. As Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, I have been privileged to meet with leaders from coast-to-coast-to-coast and hear their bold and innovative plans to improve the quality of life for their residents. Through the Smart Cities Challenge, we will help bring these ideas and plans to life, and find solutions that achieve real and positive outcomes.”

Key dates

  • Application deadline: April 24, 2018
  • Announcement of finalists: Summer 2018
  • Announcement of winners: Spring 2019

Who can apply?

  • Municipalities, local or regional governments
  • Indigenous communities
  • Groups of organisations above


  • One prize of up to $50 million
  • Two prizes of up to $10 million each
  • One prize of up to $5 million

Smart Cities Challenge

What is the Smart Cities Challenge?

The Government of Canada is challenging communities of all sizes, from coast to coast to coast to a Federal Smart Cities Challenge. Communities are invited to come forward with their best ideas to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. The City is excited to be taking up the challenge to compete for one of two prizes of up to $10 million which is  targeted to communities with populations under 500,000.

How we got involved

The challenge invites communities to submit a proposal that utilizes data and connected technology to address a unique need of, and provide a community benefit to, the City.

Challenge Criteria

For consideration project proposals must be realistic, measurable, impactful and ambitious. Applications need to be forward-thinking, adaptable and/or expandable to other communities or applications, and flexible to accommodate changing circumstances. Proposals will also be judged based on criteria that include: alignment with a larger smart cities vision for the community, and readiness for implementation which includes infrastructure and financial feasibility.


Applicants must submit their proposal by April 24th 2018. Should the City be shortlisted, a community engagement process will be launched to help get important direction to refine the City’s final proposal. The winners will be announced in Spring 2019 and depending on the nature of the project, winners will then have between 2 & 5 years to implement their proposed project.

Keep your eye on this space for updates. If the City of North Vancouver is shortlisted, we will want everybody’s input to help craft our detailed proposal to deliver the kinds of optimized streets that serve you and your community.

City Proposal

The City of North Vancouver submitted a proposal based on making the most of our public streets in Lower Lonsdale to address transit, parking and access issues for residents, businesses and visitors to our frequent community events.

Great cities strive to improve community quality of life, enable good mobility decisions and ensure a smaller carbon footprint. We will use lighting and signal technologies to create info driven dynamic parking regulations, pedestrian scale lighting, EV charging and prioritize for rapid transit to optimize our streets for all people.

The City of North Vancouver sees the Smart Cities Challenge as an opportunity to advance our intentions to optimize public spaces for the public. By futureproofing our signals and streetlights for the next generation smart infrastructure and by establishing systems to collect, collate and share information on how our streets are being utilized we can create an optimized public space with adaptable curb side regulations. This has numerous positive outcomes such as improving transit travel time along main corridors, reduced delays when looking for available parking spots, extending the City’s infrastructure service life, providing an improved public realm and improving walking conditions within the neighbourhood, providing additional charging for electric vehicles and increasing access to local businesses and public events in the neighbourhood and the dynamic waterfront area. This initiative is very scalable across our city and to other dense municipalities across Canada and would well position ourselves toward meeting the goals and objectives defined in both our Official Community Plan and the 100 Year Sustainability Plan.

See the City's Smart Cities Challenge Proposal - PDF

Contact Info

Karyn Magnusson
Deputy Director, Engineering Parks and Environment
Phone: 604-983-7338
Email: kmagnusson@cnv.org

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