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Oct 17, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Seeks Ideas for $50M Smart Cities Challenge

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, October 17, 2017 – How could technology or data create a measurable impact on how Coquitlam citizens live, work and play?

The answer is potentially worth up to $50 million for the City, which is seeking innovative – or “smart” – ideas from the community in the lead-up to the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge this fall.

The Infrastructure Canada program will award up to $50 million to Canadian cities with the best ideas for using smart technology and practices to improve livability and opportunities in their communities. Although the contest details are still being finalized and the Smart Cities challenge has not yet been formally launched, the City is engaging the community to identify potential initiatives that could earn grant money for Coquitlam.

What is a “smart city?” For the purposes of this challenge, smart cities are innovative places that use technology and data to create safe public spaces and improve how citizens move around, live and play, work and learn, participate in society, and interact with nature. Examples include better city planning and the use of technology to create greener buildings, smart roads and energy systems, and advanced digital connections for homes and businesses.

The focus of the contest dovetails with Coquitlam’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan and Technology Roadmap Strategy, a 2017 Business Plan Priority, as well as existing initiatives such as the state-of-the-art QNet fibre optic network and free WiFi in City parks and civic facilities.

Before the Smart Cities Challenge begins later this year, the City wants to see what kind of creative ideas the community has to offer. What new and innovative ways could Coquitlam use smart technology and practices to create far-reaching and lasting benefits?

A survey at from Oct.17 to Nov. 10 is collecting ideas and inviting respondents to sign up for a facilitated focus group for further brainstorming.

The City will also solicit ideas through Viewpoint, an online survey community that allows Coquitlam residents and other stakeholders to anonymously provide their opinion on city issues, plans and services. To learn more or sign up, visit

Information about the Smart Cities Challenge and a survey link are posted at

About Coquitlam’s Participation in the Smart Cities Challenge

Coquitlam is preparing a submission for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, a nation-wide competition with prizes of up to $50 million that will support Canadian cities in using technology and data to improve livability and opportunities. Coquitlam is seeking innovative ideas from the community in the lead-up to the contest’s first phase in fall 2017. To learn more or to participate in the discussion, go to before Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.


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