Smart Cities Challenge

The City of Fredericton and Saint Mary’s First Nation have been jointly selected as a finalist in the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge. The partnership is receiving a $250,000 grant from Infrastructure Canada to further develop its final proposal for a $10 million prize to use data and technology to improve quality of life for residents.

Smart Cities Challenge

The grant will be used to explore five projects aimed at creating enhanced data tools for identifying citizens’ unique needs and connecting them to appropriate services and resources:

  1. Digital Fredericton - to improve customer service through e-government services
  2. Appdigenous - to address full participation and independence of those with physical disabilities
  3. Road Home Digital Platform - to help end chronic homelessness and reduce the costs of homelessness
  4. Non-profit Data Collaboration - to improve service delivery and sustainability of local non-profit organizations
  5. Real-time Census / Smart City Dashboard - to develop customer-segmented inclusion plans to deliver more targeted services, and to determine a real-time community pulse

The final proposal is due in Winter 2018-2019. Winning proposals will be selected in Spring 2019.

The application for the $10-million Smart Cities Challenge prize was submitted to Infrastructure Canada on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  It was a joint submission from the City of Fredericton and Saint Mary’s First Nation.

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 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). It was launched by the Government of Canada in November 2017. 

The Smart Cities Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

A smart cities approach means leveraging data and connected technology to achieve meaningful outcomes for communities, such as increasing operational efficiency, enabling information sharing, and facilitating collaboration and integration.  

Four winning communities will be awarded with prizes of up to $50 million, two at $10 million and $5 million to help implement their proposals. 

The partnership of Fredericton and Saint Mary’s First Nation is competing for one of the two $10 million prizes. 

For more information on the Challenge, visit the Infrastructure Canada (INFC) website.


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 was established in January with 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 was given the responsibility of developing the application for the Smart Cities Challenge.

The task force will continue to work together to foster collaboration and innovation on social, technical and entrepreneurial partnerships, move forward the five pilot projects, and help develop a winning final proposal.

Organizations represented on the task force’s committees include: 

  • City of Fredericton  
  • Saint Mary’s First Nation  
  • Fredericton Public Library  
  • Stan Cassidy Centre  
  • University of New Brunswick  
  • NBCC
  • Ignite Fredericton  
  • Greater Fredericton Social Innovation  
  • Appdigenous  
  • Deloitte  
  • Rogers Communications  
  • Opus International Consultants 
  • HotSpot Inc.   
  • Fredericton Community Action Group on Homelessness