Richmond seeks feedback as it vies for $10 million from Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge

2018-12-05T17:08:55+00:00December 5, 2018|

Richmond, BC – The City of Richmond is one of 10 finalists competing for one of two $10 million prizes in Infrastructure Canada’s nation-wide Smart Cities Challenge. Those who live, work, study and play in Richmond are invited to provide input on Richmond’s Smart Cities Challenge draft proposal by visiting LetsTalkRichmond.ca on before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

“As part of the Canada-wide Smart Cities competition, we are identifying ways to enhance the daily lives of residents through innovation, data and connected technology,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Of most importance will be the creation of a successful model to integrate all levels of government, while we encourage partnerships across the private sector and academia to foster improved community resilience during major emergencies.”

The final proposal will be submitted to Infrastructure Canada in March 2019.

There are a number of ways to provide feedback on Richmond’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal:

  • Visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca to review the proposal and complete a survey
  • Visit the project website at smartcity.richmond.ca to review background materials, keep up to date on the latest news and events related to the Smart Cities Challenge, answer some quick polls and submit your ideas
  • Watch for the Smart Cities Street team around Richmond through the month of December to learn more about the project and complete a survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Last spring, the City engaged the public, asking residents to identify their preferences on categories that then formed the focus of the Smart Cities Challenge statement we submitted to Infrastructure Canada in May. The most popular themes of ‘safety and security’ and ‘mobility’ were incorporated into a proposal that led to Richmond’s selection as a finalist in the Smart Cities Challenge.

For more information on the Challenge, visit the Infrastructure Canada (INFC) website: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/index-eng.html and follow Infrastructure Canada’s social media accounts on Twitter at @INFC_eng, #smartcitiesCanada and on Facebook at Infrastructure Canada – English.

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