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Update: We've submitted our Smart Cities application

Our Smart Cities application was submitted on April 24, 2018 to Infrastructure Canada for consideration.  Our submission, along with other applications, is currently being reviewed by a panel of experts and evaluated by a jury appointed by Minister Amarjeet Sohi.  The District will be notified by this summer if we are one of ten successful finalist communities in the $10M prize category.  As finalists, the District would be provided a $250,000 grant to develop, with partners, a final proposal for consideration for one of two $10M dollar prizes.   

Below provides a summary of our application or read the full Smart Cities Application available on our site.

As a fast-growing community, the District of Squamish faces the challenge of how to accommodate a rising population while still achieving our ambitious environmental and sustainability targets. 

By 2036, the population is projected to nearly double from 20,000 to 36,000. This rapid growth will increase waste, and, based on current employment data, require a significant and growing number of community members to commute to jobs outside of Squamish, increasing both their cost of living and their greenhouse gas emissions. 

As current District programs like recycling and energy reduction will not be sufficient to meet our community’s ambitious Zero-waste action plan, Squamish has chosen to pursue a path of sustainable growth using the principles of the circular economy. 

Working with our partners — UBC CERC, BCIT SMART, Powertech Labs, Philips Canada, Ecube Labs, Squamish & District Forestry Association, Carbon Engineering and Stuart Olson — and in collaboration with Squamish Nation and our local community, Squamish will transform our environmental footprint by using innovation, data and connected technology to eliminate waste leakage, extend the lifecycles of what we make, and use and convert waste, in particular, biomass, into renewable, clean energy, creating a living laboratory for communities across Canada and the world to benefit from. 


A Smart Cities Challenge Application for Squamish

Through collaboration with businesses and community members, the District is seeking to develop partnerships for a potential application to the Smart Cities Challenge, a funding competition open to communities across the country.

Working with the community to find out what is important to you, the goal is to seek synergies between business proposals, unearth new challenges and opportunities for collaboration, and to craft a ‘challenge statement’ as a first step in the application process. Community input will be gathered through an upcoming symposium, and via online engagement.  

Potential business partners have come forward with ideas to help our community become safer, healthier, and more inclusive. Now we need the community to review these proposals, ideate your own strategies, and expand upon these ideas to see what we can create together! Click on the link below to visit our partner proposals.

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About Canada's Smart Cities Challenge

Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge is a funding competition hosted by Infrastructure Canada, open to communities looking to utilize technology, innovation, and data to improve the lives of their citizens. 

Find out more about Canada's Smart Cities Challenge here.





Smart Cities Canada Symposium: Videos

Missed the Symposium? Not to worry, you can watch all the Symposium presentations right here:

Opening Remarks:

Smart Cities Proposals:

Closing Panel Discussion:




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