What is the Smart City Challenge?

The Challenge encourages communities to brainstorm and propose a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. What new technology based solution could have the biggest impact on people in our community. 

Who is putting on the Smart Cities Challenge? 

The Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities.

Who can participate in the challenge?

It is open to communities across Canada of all sizes.

What is at Stake?

If Penticton is selected as a finalist, the City stands a chance to win $10 million to invest in technology-led projects.


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

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.

Data and connected technology empower communities to break down silos that exist within local governments and public organizations.

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.

Connected technology enables communities to bring traditional and non-traditional partners together to collaborate.

Visit the Official Smart Cities Challenge Website for all the details. 


Timeline of the Challenge Application Process:

“It’s exciting to see members of the community drive our participation in this challenge,”
— Mayor Andrew Jakubeit