Smart Cities Challenge

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Guelph-Wellington has been named as a finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge! We’re one of only 10 communities in our population category being awarded $250,000 to further develop our bid for the $10 million prize. We placed our food innovation vision at the heart of our bid – read our Smart Cities application.

From Infrastructure Canada’s website: The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

The City of Guelph is eligible to win one of two prizes for cities with populations under 500,000. Each prize is worth $10 million.


  • Application Submission due April 24, 2018
  • Finalist announcement ($250,000 to develop final proposal) — Summer 2018
  • Final proposal deadline – Winter 2018-19
  • Winner announcement – Spring 2019

Our submission

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