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October 12, 2018

Future Cities Canada receives funding from Smart Cities Challenge Community Support Program 

Government of Canada funding will assist communities to implement smart cities approaches 

(TORONTO, ON – October 12, 2018) - The Government of Canada announced that Evergreen, working in partnership with OpenNorth, their Future Cities Canada collaborative platform and numerous non-profit institutions, foundations and stakeholders across Canada, will receive funding over two years to deliver activities from the new Smart Cities Community Support Program. The funding, announced by The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, supports advisory and capacity-building services for communities nation-wide as they explore and implement smart cities approaches. As the program lead, Evergreen will work with OpenNorth, the lead technical partner, and partners to support current finalists and future applicants of the Smart Cities Challenge in advancing their thinking, developing strong final proposals, and strengthening successful implementation of winning projects. 

“Collaboration, community engagement and capacity-building are at the core of our work across the country,” said Geoff Cape, Evergreen Founder and CEO. “Working with our partners and the communities, we will help ensure that the communities have access to the information and guidance they need to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.”

We believe that an open smart city is participatory, collaborative, and responsive,” said Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director of OpenNorth. “We are pleased to work with our partners to assist the finalists in planning and executing a vision of smart city that is best for the city and its residents.”

Evergreen and OpenNorth, with its Future Cities Canada partners, were selected following an open callout on June 7, 2018 to not-for-profits organizations across Canada. The Community Support Program aims to foster a culture of change, continuous improvement and innovation in Canadian communities through the use of data and connected technology to create more livable, inclusive communities and opportunities to continue growing Canada’s middle class. Launched in November 17, the Smart Cities Challenge finalists were announced on June 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in spring 2019.

Finalists and members of the Office of the Smart Cities Challenge will be on-site as part of Realizing Our Potential: Future Cities Canada Summit at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario on November 8 and 9, 2018. Convened by Evergreen and the Urban Land Institute, the inaugural gathering of international and national urban leaders brings together city leaders, urban innovators from the private sector, and municipal practitioners to address shared challenges and explore potential solutions to creating more inclusive, resilient and smarter cities. 

For details on the Community Support Program, Future Cities Canada and the Future Cities Canada Summit, please visit https://futurecitiescanada.ca/. For the latest information follow @FutureCitiesCA

For media information, please contact: 

Renee Tratch | Sr. Manager, Public Relations| Evergreen | 416-596-1495 X 273 

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3X8