South Island Prosperity Project secures Greater Victoria as a finalist in Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge competition edging out 126 communities nationwide
June 21st, 2018 - 5:17pm
Victoria, BC — The value of collaboration was evident as Greater Victoria edged out more than 126 cities across Canada to be named one of 10 finalists in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge competition in the $10 million prize category. The win awards South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP) with $250,000 in federal funds to further develop a proposal to compete for a $10 million prize. Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, made the announcement today at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in Halifax.
The Smart South Island Prosperity Project submission was selected over other submissions by BC communities including Nanaimo, Campbell River, Langford, Kelowna, Penticton, and Abbotsford.
“Being shortlisted for this significant opportunity to bring $10 million in funding to our region is validation of the power of public and private collaboration. Even two years ago, before achieving this level of regional collaboration, this concept wouldn’t have been possible. The possibilities now are endless,” says South Island Prosperity Project CEO Emilie de Rosenroll. “By working together and aligning our vision for a smarter and more prosperous future, we all benefit from new ways of using smart technology and data to improve our lives and wellbeing.” In 2017, the Government of Canada announced the Smart Cities Challenge, a competition designed to inspire communities to submit their best strategies and plans for improving the lives of local residents through the use of innovation, data, and connected technology. The South Island Prosperity Project submitted their proposal in April on behalf of its regional stakeholders—including 10 local governments, five First Nations, three post-secondary institutions, seven industry associations and non-profits, and 17 major employers. SIPP also engaged feedback from over fifty active businesses, nonprofit, academic, and government participants in various committees, held dozens of information sessions, and engaged over 600 citizens in public symposiums.