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Smart Cities Challenge

Fredericton’s application for the $10M Smart Cities Challenge prize was submitted to Infrastructure Canada on Tuesday, April 24, 2019.  It was a joint submission from the City of Fredericton and Saint Mary’s First Nation.

The complete application and details of the submission are now public after being screened by Infrastructure Canada in early May.

Our challenge statement is: “My city does not recognize me or connect me to what matters most; Fredericton will collaborate with First Nations to create an accessible, welcoming, supportive city for youth, newcomers, and an aging population, empowering everyone with a Personalized Inclusion Plan that connects people to create an exceptional quality of life.”


The City of Fredericton is participating in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge – a federal government competition for municipalities to submit their best ideas for adopting a smart cities approach to improve the lives of residents. A smart cities approach involves achieving meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology.

We’re competing for one of two prizes of $10 million for which any community with fewer than 500,000 people are eligible. 

The first step is to create a challenge statement for our smart cities proposal. A challenge statement is a single sentence that defines the outcome the City will aim to achieve. It must be measurable, ambitious, and achievable through a proposed use of data and connected technology. See below for some examples of challenge statements.


Challenge statements center around one main challenge and include an ambitious and measurable outcome that the City should aim to achieve to address that challenge. 

Below, for illustrative purposes only, are examples of challenge statements. 

  • Feel safe and secure – The neighbourhood in our community with the highest crime rate will become safer than the national average.
  • Move around my community – Our community will ensure that every senior who is able to live independently at home is empowered to do so.
  • Be empowered and included in society – Our community will ensure that every person without a home has access to nightly shelter, and will connect 100 percent of vulnerable residents with the services, activities and programs that are known to reduce the risk of homelessness.
  • Live an active and healthy life – Our community will become 50 percent more active and healthy, and achieve a measurable decrease in chronic disease.


The Mayor’s Smart City Task Force is a cross-section of community partners and thought leaders in technical innovation, entrepreneurship and social innovation. It has representatives from the non-profit, university and startup and business sectors. 
The task force has three main roles and objectives: 

  • To provide direction, input and advice on challenges and opportunities that should be acted on to make Fredericton a smarter city. 
  • To inspire collaboration with other task force members and the City to create new partnerships that provide social and economic impact through a smart cities approach. 
  • To develop innovative project ideas that provide social and economic impact.  

The task force, established in January, has been given the responsibility of developing the City of Fredericton’s proposal for its application for the Smart Cities Challenge. It will collect and evaluate the submitted ideas for the challenge statement to build the proposal around.   

The task force will continue to work together after the proposal is submitted to foster collaboration and innovation on social, technical and entrepreneurial partnerships that will make Fredericton a smarter city.  

Click here to see a list of task force members.