Smart Cities Challenge
The City of New Westminster has joined communities across Canada in the Smart Cities Challenge initiated by Infrastructure Canada. We are vying for a $10 million dollar prize to improve the quality of life for our community.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Smart City Challenge! Your voices and ideas have been incorporated into our application!


The City has been hard at work engaging the community to create a challenge statement that adopts a smart cities approach to improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data, and connected technology.

Developing the challenge statement was the first step in helping the City prepare to compete in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). 

On January 31, 2018, community members gathered at City Hall to collaboratively identify opportunities for improving the lives of New Westminster residents. The ideas and themes that were developed at this workshop have been used to develop draft challenge statements. 

From here we opened the discussion up to the broader community, engaging citizens with an online survey asking for feedback on the challenge statements and input on additional challenges. The survey was also available at several pop-up engagement locations including the February Business Expo and at both Douglas College and the River Market. 

On April 4th, a citizen jury was facilitated by the Justice Institute of British Columbia at City Hall, where community members deliberated and chose New Westminster’s Challenge Statement.  Immediately following, members of the Intelligent New West committees provided their input as Smart City experts, to brainstorm possible solutions and measurable actions needed to deliver on the outcomes of the Challenge Statement. 

There are three different prize categories for the Smart Cities Challenge:

  • One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;
  • Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and
  • One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.

Next steps

  • Community survey for gathering input – open until March 12, 2018. COMPLETE

  • Review all surveys and formal submissions to develop a Smart Cities Challenge proposal. COMPLETE

  • Spring 2018 - Smart Cities Challenge proposal submission

  • Summer 2018 - Infrastructure Canada announces competition finalists

  • Future community collaboration if our proposal is selected

Thank you for thinking big and sharing your ideas!

Learn more about the Smart Cities Challenge.


VIew our proposal

View our Smart Cities Challenge proposal.

  • Digital Engagement
  • Environmental Focus