City of Richmond BC Smart Cities Challenge

In March, the Smart Cities Challenge Project Team completed the City of Richmond’s submission to Infrastructure Canada with the goal of winning one of two $10 million prizes. Our proposal includes initiatives that will minimize community impacts in the event of a major disaster while enhancing the quality of the day-to-day lives of those who live, work and visit Richmond.

After months of collaboration across City departments and with a range of local businesses, technology companies, and government and academic sector partners, the results of the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge are in. While Richmond was not one of the winners of the $10 million prize, enhanced relationships, the projects already initiated and the learnings from the process will benefit our community for years to come.

Congratulations to all the Smart Cities Challenge winners.

Our Final Proposal

The City of Richmond submitted, on March 5, 2019, a ground-breaking and transformative final proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge. The proposal includes initiatives that would minimize community impacts from major disasters, while also enhancing our quality of life in day-to-day activities.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a national competition created by Infrastructure Canada that encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Richmond is a finalist for one of two $10 million prizes in the competition.

The City’s primary proposal is to create an Intelligent Operation Hub that will seamlessly integrate data and coordinate emergency response, while also enhancing day to day delivery of key local services and communication with the public. In addition to enhanced emergency response and recovery, the proposal includes initiatives to improve traffic management, reducing collisions and congestion and to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

To learn more about our proposal check out our video on this page. The full proposal is here.

View Our Final Proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge

Winners will be announced on May 14, 2019. In the meantime, you can show your support for our proposal:

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For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge, visit the Infrastructure Canada (INFC) website.

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This initiative will improve the daily lives of citizens, while at the same time, improve community resilience to major events.

Richmond will continue to address the increasing demands of climate change including extreme weather events, flooding and spills, as it relates to the safety of our island and the change in modes of mobility to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The work plan and deliverables build on Richmond’s ongoing best practice in combatting climate change.

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While a significant amount of data is collected by business units within the City and by stakeholders and partner agencies, there is tremendous opportunity to connect and share the information generated by these disparate data sources for analysis and more informed decision-making.

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Currently, each level of government and stakeholder has their own emergency response protocols and warning systems. Technology used in innovative ways promises opportunities to communicate in real-time with residents, businesses, stakeholders, and partner organizations, both in day to day operations and in emergency evacuation situations.

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