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Smart Cities Challenge

On April 24, the City of Sault Ste. Marie submitted their application to the Federal government's Smart Cities Challenge. The Smart Cities Challenge has provided an opportunity for the community to think big and imagine what they could do to invest in solving a community challenge using technology and data.

View the Sault Ste. Marie Smart Cities Challenge Submission.

The application process formally began in October 2017 when Sault Ste. Marie City Council passed a resolution endorsing the City of Sault Ste. Marie making a submission to the Smart Cities Challenge and directing the Mayor to strike a Smart Cities Challenge Task Force.

Task force members included representatives from the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Economic Development Corporation, PUC, Social Services and City staff. The Mayor's Taskforce met numerous times for discussions as a group and to receive presentations from private sector companies. In addition, meetings were held with local organizations including the Algoma District School Board, Algoma University and Sault College.

Two public information and feedback sessions (February 7, 2018 and April 19, 2018) were held which were promoted through City press releases and social media support. Local media provided coverage of the initial Council resolution and the information sessions. An email address (smartcities@cityssm.on.ca) was also created and provided to the public to submit any additional comments, feedback or suggestions.

An IT Sector information and feedback session was held on February 14, 2018 with 25 IT professionals in attendance. The Mayor and Deputy CAO, Community Development and Enterprise Services also attended the Microsoft "EMPOWERING Smart Cities" event in Toronto February 28, 2018.

The timing of the launch of the Smart Cities Challenge fit incredibly within the City's current efforts. The City of Sault Ste. Marie began a transformation process through the creation of a new Corporate Strategic Plan with a vision, "To be the leading innovative, dynamic and efficient municipal corporation in the Province of Ontario." Further, the City restructured to establish a new Community Development and Enterprise Services department.

The comprehensive work of the Community Adjustment Committee undertaken with extensive research and community engagement also provided a tremendous platform to develop the community's Smart Cities application.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre also held two Youth Forums in 2014 and 2015 which provided information on youth needs in the community and informed this application. As well a Youth Survey was completed in 2014 directed to 14-19 year olds that had 738 participants.

The City eagerly awaits the results of the jury process and looks forward to being shortlisted in the summer of 2018 to advance its exciting Smart Cities project in partnership with local organizations and the city's youth!

Sault Ste. Marie Smart Cities Challenge Submission
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