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Edmonton submits ‘Healthy City’ proposal for Smart Cities Challenge

JOC News Service
Edmonton submits ‘Healthy City’ proposal for Smart Cities Challenge

EDMONTON — The City of Edmonton has submitted its proposal for the $50 million prize in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

Edmonton’s ‘Healthy City’ proposal is a partnership-based approach to make the metropolis a “healthier, more connected city while improving residents’ quality of life and well-being,” a release stated.

“Edmonton’s innovative Smart City approach to improve health addresses the true needs of the community through a collaboration between public sector organizations, private sector organizations and residents. This approach, enabled by technology, analytics and data, will bring Edmonton back to its roots – a place where all residents have equal opportunity to lead healthy lives,” Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said in a statement.

The proposal incorporated feedback from Edmonton residents and partners and involves the improvement of citizen health through changes to programs, policies and services at the municipal level.

“This proposal celebrates the incredible contributions from Edmonton’s thriving community of innovators across all sectors, and how, by working together, we can become one of Canada’s healthiest cities,” said City of Edmonton chief information officer Wendy Gnenz, who is also the project sponsor for the Smart Cities Challenge. 

The Healthy City challenge statement in the city’s proposal reads, “Edmonton will lead the transformation of Canadian health care using an unprecedented municipal approach by focusing on leveraging relationships, health data and innovative technologies to provide a personalized health connection and experience as unique as the health of every Edmontonian.”

The guiding principles of the proposal are a focus on residents, partnerships, useable information, innovation and privacy and security. In concrete terms, $60 million would be invested over three phases, with $50 million coming from the Infrastructure Canada prize, $5 million from the City of Edmonton and $5 million though in-kind and other private and community investments.

The proposal also points to Edmonton as an ideal candidate for the $50 million prize because of its reputation for transparency, as well as a network of academic, health, government and industry partners.

The Smart Cities Challenge was announced in the fall of 2017. In spring 2018 Edmonton was announced as one of five finalists in the $50 million category against Montreal, Vancouver/Surrey, Quebec City and the Region of Waterloo, Ont.

The proposal will be reviewed by a 13-person jury and members of the Edmonton team will participate in a finalist showcase in May. The winner of the Smart Cities Challenge is expected to be announced later in the spring.

The final proposal is available at

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