Smart Cities Challenge


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 Prizes

One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;

Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and

One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.


The Finalists


Timeline of Smart Cities Challenge Process

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After launch, the application process began. The application submission deadline was April 24, 2018. The finalists were announced on June, 1 2018. This will be followed by a period to develop final proposals. The final proposal submission deadline is March 5, 2019. This will be followed by a period to select winners. The winners will be announced in Spring 2019. This will be followed by the implementation phase.


The Smart Cities Challenge application process closed on April 24, 2018. We received 130 eligible applications from communities across Canada. The Smart Cities Challenge Jury helped select 20 of those applications to move on to the Finalist stage of the competition. Each Finalist will receive $250,000 to help them develop their final proposal. Visit the Impact Canada Challenge Platform to see the Finalist communities and their applications.


Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are partnering on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Challenge.

The Challenge will fund creative community design and construction, promote traditional building techniques, provide training for Indigenous youth, and improve community well-being for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Indigenous communities continue to be eligible to compete for prizes in the current and future Smart Cities Challenge competitions.

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