The Smart Cities Challenge was launched in 2017 as part of the Impact Canada Initiative (External link)to help communities of all sizes improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. The program is delivered by Infrastructure Canada and will contribute $300M in three rounds of competition funding over 11 years.
Although Mississauga was not selected as part of the shortlist (External link)of communities, the City intends to move forward with its Smart Cities Master Plan.
What is a Smart City?
Smart cities around the world are using data and technology to find new and innovative ways to improve their communities. These smart city ideas can provide solutions to:
- Advance transportation and ease traffic congestion
- Improve the environment
- Enhance access to services
- Ensure public safety
- Ease the effects of extreme weather
- Facilitate education
- Further access to social services and more.
Mississauga has already implemented many smart city initiatives including free public wifi, open data, hackathons, fibre network, advanced traffic management, LED Lighting, mobile apps and more.
Through this online engagement site, online survey, public events and community outreach, we engaged residents, industry and agency partners to help us to develop a Smart City Master Plan and our Smart Cities Challenge submission. We asked how we could make Mississauga even better by using technology, data and innovation. The feedback and ideas received were used to create our submission. Here is a brief video of highlights from our community engagement:
The City engaged residents, industry and agency partners to help us to develop a Smart City Master Plan and our Smart Cities Challenge submission.
Download the City of Mississauga’s full submission.
For more information on Mississauga’s Smart City projects, please visit our Smart City website(External link).