Côte Saint-Luc one of 20 cities across Canada selected as Smart Cities Challenge finalist

The Government of Canada announced earlier today, June 1, 2018, that the City of Côte Saint-Luc is one of 20 finalists in the Smart Cities Challenge context, and one of 10 finalists in the category of cities sized 30,000 to 500,000.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for the next round of the Smart Cities Challenge,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We had the chance to speak with Minister Amarjeet Sohi and thanked him and his team at Infrastructure Canada for the opportunity to take our idea further. I am very proud of the team led by Councillor Dida Berku who have made Côte Saint-Luc proud.”

Infrastructure Canada will award a $250,000 grant to Côte Saint-Luc to develop our final proposal. If this final proposal is selected, then the city would receive $10 million to implement the plan outlined in its final proposal.

The Smart Cities Challenge received 199 entries overall, including 126 proposals for cities with a population of between 30,000 to 500,000. Ten of these 126 cities have been invited to develop a final proposal. The population of Côte Saint-Luc is 34,464.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us as we use the $250,000 grant from Infrastructure Canada grant to expand on our preliminary proposal and form further partnerships with academics, social services, and industry partners,” Councillor Dida Berku said.

In its preliminary proposal, Côte Saint-Luc proposed the Senior Health and Real-time Environmental Data (SHARED) Initiative, which would give participating seniors personal GPS tracking/fall sensors for their home. The sensors would monitor things like whether the person has gotten out of bed or opened the fridge in the last day. Failing to do so would trigger an alert that could be followed up by the city or other partner organizations. The SHARED Initiative would also create a city-wide sensor grid to monitor noise, air pollutants and other environmental factors.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The Canadian government is offering prizes for the winning cities. In its category, Côte Saint-Luc is eligible for a $10 million prize, which will be awarded to a city that addresses local issues their residents face through new partnerships, using a smart cities approach.

A copy of the SHARED Initiative preliminary proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/smartcitieschallenge.

Read the Government of Canada press release here:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/smart-cities-challenge-improving-the-lives-of-canadians-through-innovation-data-and-technology-684271121.html

 

 

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