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Smart Cities Challenge

Smart Cities Challenge

caledon.ca/smartcaledon

Congratulations to the finalists of the Smart Cities Challenge!

We look forward to seeing what the selected communities do to further their proposals.

While the Town of Caledon was unsuccessful, we thank the community and our partners for their feedback and involvement throughout the application process.

What now?

The need for greater connectivity in Caledon and the idea to create innovation spaces across our community will still inform staff as we move forward on a number of projects.


The Town of Caledon is aiming  to find ways to connect Caledon residents to digital technology, each other and the world through Smart Spaces.

"Through this project, we believe that Caledon can be an example for other rural communities on how to connect and thrive using smart technology," said Mayor Allan Thompson. "We will improve economic opportunity through “smart spaces” where small businesses, entrepreneurs and residents can connect, collaborate and create.”

Video

Mayor Thompson and Senior Analyst Erin Britnell talk about the proposal
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Application

 

Support Letters

Schedule

  • Submit application (April 2018)
  • Funding announcement (Fall 2018)

Challenge Statement

Each applicant is required to post a "challenge statement" defines the outcome or outcomes a community aims to achieve by implementing its smart cities proposal. The Challenge Statement must be measurable, ambitious, and achievable through the proposed use of data and connected technology. 

This is Caledon's challenge statement:

With our large geographic area, dispersed population centres and lack of widespread broadband internet access across Caledon, all residents and businesses will still be connected within the Town, allowing entrepreneurship to grow, individuals to connect, access to digital resources to expand, and innovation to thrive.

Proposal Summary

Connecting Caledon aims to find ways to connect Caledon residents to digital technology, each other and the world through Smart Spaces. Through this project, we believe that Caledon can be an example for other rural communities on how to connect and thrive using smart technology.

Our proposal is to:

  • Increase the number of traditional and non-traditional spaces where the community can connect
  • Collect data on how our community is using these spaces
  • Use the data collected to continue to improve community spaces to meet our residents’ needs in future

We will do this by creating three types of Smart Spaces.

  • A “hub” which hosts co-working space for entrepreneurs, while still providing community space for residents.
  • “Spokes” located in a number of our villages and hamlets in community spaces that allow people access to resources at the “hub” in their local community, tailored for their local needs.
  • Outdoor spaces in our parks and trails that use smart lightning, signage and benches to provide connectivity while enjoying Caledon’s natural beauty. 

The application will create improved economic opportunities through co-working space for small businesses, entrepreneurs and local start-ups, and empower our community to help space their community spaces to best meet their uses. 

About the Challenge

The Town of Caledon is participating in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, with the winning communities to receive up to $10 million in funding to implement their plans. The Challenge encourages communities to submit their ideas of how to improve the lives of residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Funding must be used for projects that move Caledon towards becoming a Smart City.

A Smart City is one that utilizes technology to solve challenges and enhance its quality of life. Smart city projects may include using sensor technology to detect flooding, traffic and lighting controls that can be adjusted from a single location to meet current demands, heated roadways that can be turned on remotely to help melt and clear snow and ice.

Participating Communities

View a map of all communities that have submitted applications.

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Contact

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Erin Britnell
905-584-2272 x4072
Erin.Britnell@caledon.ca