Lac Ste. Anne County, in collaboration with Parkland, Brazeau and Yellowhead Counties, has been elected as a finalist in the $10 million prize category of Smart Cities Canada.
In November 2017, the Government of Canada challenged communities across the country to develop bold and ambitious ideas to improve the lives of their residents using data and connected technology. Lac Ste. Anne County partnered up with its municipal neighbours Parkland County, Brazeau County and Yellowhead County, to develop and submit an agriculturally-focused Smart Cities Canada submission. This municipal collective has just been selected as a finalist in the $10 million category.
More than 200 communities, large and small, from across Canada submitted their innovative ideas to the Smart Cities Challenge. An independent panel of 13 jury members evaluated these submissions based on the criteria set out in the Applicant Guide.
On June 1, 2018, twenty finalists were announced to go on to the next step of the Challenge. Each finalist community receives a $250,000 grant to help it develop its final proposal.
The finalist communities had the opportunity to meet with the jury for the first time in November 2018 for a check-in. These meetings allowed finalist to showcase their ideas and receive feedback as they develop our final proposals.
Throughout October 2018 to February 2019, the Smart Cities Challenge team visited each finalist community.
We have submitted our Smart Cities Challenge Final submission last week on March 5th. We have also been advised by the Smart Cities Team that our submission has been accepted for evaluation by the Jury.
Thanks very much to all of you who have committed a significant amount of time, effort and enthusiasm to this process. We couldn't have done it without you!
For your information here is the link to our Final Proposal: https://www.parklandcounty.com/en/do-business/SMART-Parkland.aspx
We have also been informed that the winners will be announced on May 14th. Thanks again, and we'll keep you all posted as things move along.