Source: Douglas Magazine
South Island Prosperity Project Knows that Victoria is a Smart City
Victoria didn't win the $10 million Federal Smart City Challenge, but the region still plans to move forward with some very smart projects.
Hopes were high on May 14 as regional stakeholders from the South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP) gathered at the Songhees Wellness Centre to find out, via video-link from Ottawa, if Greater Victoria would be one of two $10-million prize winners in Infrastructure Canada’s first Smart Cities Challenge.
The challenge is aimed at improving lives of residents through innovation, data and connected technology. The pan-Canadian competition was open to all municipalities, local or regional governments and Indigenous communities.
While Greater Victoria lost out to Nunavut and Guelph, Bruce Williams, interim CEO of SIPP, had good news anyway:
“We didn’t win the Smart City Challenge, but we’re still going to do smart things … We received $250,000 in federal funds to develop our local residents’ ideas around improving mobility, and we now have the chance to move some of these projects forward based on what we’ve learned throughout the process.”