The City of Montreal wins $ 50 million for Infrastructure Canada's first Smart Cities Challenge!
This competition is designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to adopt a "smart city" approach in order to find solutions to issues that affect their communities through innovation and open data.
The ambitious proposal developed by Montreal and its partners aims to improve the quality of life and the well-being of its citizens through two main pillars: mobility and food access. This project will increase access to local services by focusing on an improved public transport offer and innovative means of transport, as well as facilitating access to quality food for vulnerable populations through the implementation of an integrated local food system. In the long term, this project aims to shape an innovative community and invigorate neighborhood life by promoting civic engagement and harnessing the tools of Montreal's innovation ecosystem to meet the challenges targeted by the City.
CIRM is proud to join non-profit organizations, citizens' movements, foundations, chairs, and private companies that are among the 36 partners of the City. In the coming months, CIRM will work on the establishment of a Social Data Analysis Center and on the development of the Montreal's Narratives Observatory. The latter will integrate data from various sources (open data, surveys, statistics, etc.) into analysis processes in order to offer, on the one hand, an improved understanding of the stories shared by Montrealers, and, on the other hand, a lever for collective action, social innovation and the transformation of the city.
Congratulations to Montreal and all of the Challenge's finalists!