Smart Cities Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated!

We would like to send a BIG congratulations to all of the finalists of Infrastructure Canada’s Smart City Challenge. Thank you to all Londoners who submitted ideas and/or helped develop our application. Just because we aren’t finalists, doesn’t mean we aren’t using your ideas and feedback! All feedback heard throughout the Smart Cities Challenge process will be considered as we continue to develop our smart city strategy for London. Stay tuned!

Challenge Statement submitted to the Smart Cities Challenge: London will be the most connected, empowered and democratic city in Canada. All residents will have a strong sense of civic belonging and the ability to shape community decision-making, supported by the use of technology, data and culture of innovation.

The Application

The City of London is pleased to announce our submission to the Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge using a challenge statement focused on using data and connected technology to improve empowerment and inclusion:

"London will be the most connected, empowered and democratic city in Canada. All residents will have a strong sense of civic belonging and the ability to shape community decision-making, supported by the use of technology, data and culture of innovation."

Thank you to all who contributed towards this submission! We are eagerly awaiting jury review and announcement of the Challenge Finalists by summer 2018.

The Challenge

What is the Smart Cities Challenge?

The Government of Canada is challenging communities to come forward with their best ideas to improve the quality of life of their residents through innovation, use of data and connected technology.

Winning communities will be awarded with prize money to help implement their smart cities proposal. Municipalities can submit an application for one of the prizes listed below.

One prize of up to $50 million - Open to all communities, regardless of population
Two prizes of up to $10 million each- Open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people
One prize of up to $5 million - Open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people

What is a Smart Cities Approach?

A smart cities approach aims to achieve meaningful outcomes for residents by leveraging the fundamental benefits that data and connected technology have to offer:

  • Openness
    When communities make their data truly accessible, usable, and barrier-free, their decision-making processes become transparent, empowering citizens and strengthening the relationship between residents and public organizations.
  • Integration
    Data and connected technology empower communities to break down silos that exist within local governments and public organizations.
  • Transferability
    When tools and technological approaches are open-source, transparent, and standardized, they can be used by communities across the country, no matter their size or capacity.
  • Collaboration
    Connected technology enables communities to bring traditional and non-traditional partners together to collaborate.

Our Work to Date

The London Plan is our City's future playbook for city-building over the next 20 years. The plan was developed after an extensive two year conversation with Londoners about their hopes and aspirations for London's future to the year 2035.

The engagement program to create the plan, called ReThink London, involved thousands of Londoners and over 100 different meetings and open houses in our community.

As part of the London Plan, Londoners determined the need to develop a Smart City strategy. Over 2017, City staff met with local tech companies, students and subject experts to begin to prepare London's Smart City Strategy.

What we have heard to date has provided us with insight into five pillars that have been identified as a priorities for Londoners:

  • Foster the knowledge economy and creative industries
  • Promote reduced energy consumption
  • Increase mobility choice within London
  • Broaden the use of technology for government services and public engagement
  • Enhance the collection, maintenance and sharing of data to support better decisions

The next phase of our Smart City strategy is to identify specific projects to implement in London under each of the pillars.

Work for London's Smart City strategy is still ongoing. Ideas submitted through this challenge could also shape our Future City strategy.


Ideas Submitted on Get Involved:

16 April, 2018

Fred G says:

“Create an interact map for various types of social services - mental health walk-ins, employment supports, education, food security etc.”

31 March, 2018

Amaka says:

“Include London area job portals for other employers to post jobs.”

29 March, 2018

Laura G says:

“Crowdmapping of equity and health assets and opportunities like the Thought Spot map and app (see mythoughtspot.ca).”

27 March, 2018

angelustra says:

“Promote sustainable means of transport: bike lanes, a bike sharing service, carpooling, more city buses, involve companies for incentives”

25 March, 2018

Brent says:

“"Do you have an opportunity that you think the City could tackle with data and connected technology?" Yes. Fix the traffic signal system. ”

23 March, 2018

Delgrat says:

“Accessible housing according to AODA”

22 March, 2018

Rob Hueniken says:

“A fleet of Connected Automated Transport (CAT) vans. Using an Uber-like app you'd hail a ride, hop on and hop off. BRT becomes optional.”

22 March, 2018

RyanSmith says:

“WiFi on the LTC. Many transit riders are disconnected when commuting on our public transit system. Why is this a problem in 2018?”

22 March, 2018

Cathy Evans says:

“An App with hospital wait times, triages your illness and tells you where to proceed by your GPS location. ER, Urgnt Care, local walk open.”

21 March, 2018

ConcernedLondoner says:

“How about: - no BRT - no injection sites across from entrepreneurs that are trying to bring money to London - move rail tracks to the 401”

21 March, 2018

Misty says:

“Health in all policies!! ”

21 March, 2018

thinkbig says:

“Support the community agenda that outlines a strategy to improve physical activity for our children and youth. https://tinyurl.com/y9a5j3va”

20 March, 2018

Scouter101 says:

“Update to the City's web page with links to related sites (Tourism London, LEDC, LTC, etc.). The link in the footer is not good enough.”

20 March, 2018

Scouter101 says:

“I would like to see a dashboard like they have in Edmonton (https://dashboard.edmonton.ca/).”

19 March, 2018

Empowered Citizen says:

“Smart Garbage can on trail and park, that compresses, provides pick up notification, detects any incidents, uses renewable energy source”

19 March, 2018

Empowered Citizen says:

“Connectivity for all: Integrated smart pole with small cell technology beatifies the street and provides ubiquitous connectivity everywhere”

19 March, 2018

Empowered Citizen says:

“Resilient City: Real time monitoring of snow on walkway / major road, potential flood monitoring in lower land to improve safety, livability”

19 March, 2018

Empowered Citizen says:

“Increased physical activities: Build network of safer and smarter bicycle path and trail equipped with sensing technology that collects data”

19 March, 2018

Empowered Citizen says:

“Vibrant Downtown that creates unique identity, attract locals and visitors, create night life economy and grow local business.”

19 March, 2018

Empowered Citizen says:

“All-in-one smart light pole that can integrate # of municipal services through Sensor and Data as per need of each region or location”

15 March, 2018

Julie says:

“Reduce light pollution from city-controlled sources, and introduce light level bylaws for businesses and residents.”

15 March, 2018

Peter says:

“Email addresses for trees, parks, buildings, light standards, crosswalks, etc. See https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/398210/”

15 March, 2018

Peter says:

“Open web APIs for city functions that citizens can use and mash up freely, e.g. a "fix this now" app instead of email to es@”

14 March, 2018

James says:

“An online service helping drivers share their empty seats to passenger looking for rides. ”