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Our Smart Cities Vision

Richmond is an island city located on Canada’s west coast. Comprised of 17 islands, and situated in the mouth of the Fraser River, we are a crossroads of trade and culture and are at the centre of the ecologically important Fraser River Estuary. Given our unique geography, Richmond has unique challenges in mobility and will be subject to the increasing effects of climate change.

Our Smart Cities Challenge initiative is designed to achieve our vision:

Together with our community, government, academic and technology team, we will identify and mitigate risk and improve the day-to-day quality of life for residents and businesses on our island.

The achievement of our vision statement will result in the following outcomes:

  • Protect our Island City
  • Enable More Informed Decision-Making
  • Integrate Communications and Enhance Community Resilience

On March 5, 2019, the City of Richmond submitted 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. To learn more about our proposal check out this video.

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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