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Community Solutions Network

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Strengthening a culture of change and innovation in communities across the country.

The Community Solutions Network is a new platform for communities to connect and build a national centre of excellence in open smart cities. A program of Future Cities Canada, the Network is a community-centric platform, serving every type of Canadian community: big, mid-sized, Indigenous, small and northern.

As the project lead, Evergreen is working with OpenNorth and partners to provide valuable information, learning opportunities and advisory services in key areas of data and technology for municipal and community leaders, helping to improve the lives of residents.

The program runs parallel to the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge to amplify its impact and objectives to create more liveable, inclusive communities.

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How we work with you:

We make information about smart cities issues and approaches available and accessible to everyone. We provide advice and share knowledge, lessons learned and best practices related to complex emerging smart cities issues and experience in Canada and around the world (eg. data management, privacy and security).

We help communities talk to the right people and find the right partners. We tap into existing networks or create new ones to reach and work with communities and stakeholder from all sectors, and facilitate connections and conduct active matchmaking between communities and stakeholders.

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What we offer:

Advisory services:

We provide personal support by sharing knowledge, expertise, experience and guidance to municipal and community leaders to build internal capacity and navigate the open smart cities landscape on relevant topics such as technology, data management, security, privacy, procurement, public engagement, outcomes-based project planning, etc.

Our Open Smart Cities Advisory Service consists of a personalized community needs assessment, a tailored Capacity-Building Action Plan, and a customized learning path to help build the capacity needed towards the implementation of open smart cities approaches. There is no cost to participate.

Interested in our advisory services? Applications for this intake of the Open Smart Cities Advisory Service are now open.  To apply and confirm your eligibility, contact Robin Buxton Potts for more information. 

Event-based programs:

We provide advisory and capacity building resources and supports in all regions across the country and in communities of every size through a series of Regional Idea Camps, Collision Days and Roundtables. In addition to our numerous local and regional events, the second annual Future Cities Canada Summit taking place in November 2019, will bring together community leaders and urban innovators from every corner of the country. Visit our events page for more!

Community Solutions Portal:

An online resource for community stakeholders in general to support numerous smart cities capacity building opportunities. Click here.

Community Resources and Assistance:

Evergreen and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) are launching a pilot project to deliver community capacity resources to small communities and Indigenous communities in six regions, across Canada.

This project will support the recent launch and activities of the Community Solutions Network. A targeted grant (up to $5,000) will be available to support travel or other event support to engage in select opportunities part of the Community Solutions Network. Evergreen will be working with CFC’s national network of community foundations to source candidates for this opportunity to build local innovation capacity and advance smart cities approaches in key areas of data and technology, helping to improve the lives of residents.

How to get involved:

If you are a resident or municipal leader looking to learn more about open smart city approaches for your community, or have a business or organization that can offer support in this sphere, join us at one of the upcoming events across the country or connect with us directly:

  • For general program inquiries contact: Robin Buxton Potts | Officer, Community Engagement | Evergreen | rbuxtonpotts@evergreen.ca | 416-596-1495 x 320
  • For media inquiries contact: Renee Tratch | Senior Manager, Public Relations| Evergreen | rtratch@evergreen.ca | 416-596-1495 X 273

For the latest on city building, consult our Resources, and sign up to the Future Cities Canada newsletter to be the first to learn about the Community Solutions Network’s services and events.

About:

In the fall of 2018, the Government of Canada announced that Evergreen was selected to receive up to $4.6 million in funding over two years from the Smart Cities Community Support Program to implement the Community Solutions Network. The Network supports communities to advance their thinking on the use of smart cities approaches to help improve the lives of their residents. As the project lead, Evergreen is working with OpenNorth and other partners to provide valuable information, learning opportunities, advisory and capacity building services to Canadian communities. Key areas include smart technologies, data ownership, data management, privacy and security.

View the advisory committee for the Community Solutions Network.

 

With funding provided by: 

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