County’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal meets eligibility

May 18, 2018

County’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal meets eligibility

The Smart Cities Challenge, a pan-Canadian competition being presented by Infrastructure Canada, has confirmed eligibility of Strathcona County’s proposal. The County’s application now moves to jury evaluation.

The County has entered the category open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people, vying for one of two prizes of up to $10 million to implement a Smart Cities Challenge initiative.

Toward building a stronger community, the County’s challenge statement for the proposal is: “Feel Connected and Included” — Citizens will have access to a trusted community platform that connects them to programs, services and each other to increase the feeling of safety, inclusion and connectedness.

To realize this outcome, the County’s submission proposes a smart “community digital hub” that integrates programs, services, and events from various partner organizations across sectors to transform the way citizens connect within the community.

It envisions providing a centralized location for citizens to find information, get involved in community activities, and access programs and services to ultimately increase their sense of connectedness and inclusion within the community.

Data and cognitive technologies will be leveraged to predict citizen needs and help the County move to a more proactive form of planning, enabling Strathcona County to become a truly “smart” county.

View Strathcona County’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal.

Finalists will be announced this summer. Each finalist will receive a grant of $250,000 to develop and submit their final proposal, due Winter 2019, with the winning proposals announced in Spring 2019.

More information about Infrastructure Canada's Smart Cities Challenge


Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595