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Community Solutions Network


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. Advisory service is currently being offered to Smart Cities Challenge finalists with a focus on “community-readiness” resources and personalized support. A second intake will engage with a wider group of communities, in addition to Smart Cities Challenge finalists, into spring-summer 2019.

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. Events begin late spring 2019.

Idea Camp, Ottawa: May 15

Join Evergreen, in partnership with OpenNorth, for the first of the Community Solutions Network’s Idea Camps, taking place on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 in Ottawa.

The Idea Camp will bring together municipal staff, Indigenous leaders and senior staff at other organizations from across the region to learn about emerging trends, issues, and approaches in open smart cities, and gain access to other relevant programs that can support the implementation of local projects. Through a combination of expert training, peer-to-peer learning, and diving into local case studies, participants will leave with the skills to critically evaluate and apply approaches to strengthen access to open data, structure cross-sector governance, and improve public engagement.

Register today.

Smart Cities Panel and Collision Day, Vancouver: May 23

Hosted by BC Tech and Future Cities Canada the Smart Cities Panel and Collision Day will bring together smart city innovators and key decision makers in our municipalities to address today’s most pressing issues.

The event will start with a panel delving into current challenges and solutions that are making smart cities a reality for British Columbians. Followed by invite-only, one on one sessions where municipal agencies can collide with smart city solution providers to explore ways to harness the power of technology to build better, smarter, more liveable and inclusive communities in BC.

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Smart Cities Portal:

An online resource for community stakeholders in general to support numerous smart cities capacity building opportunities. Scheduled for spring 2019.

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 | | 416-596-1495 x 320
  • For partnership opportunities contact: Juliana Dutkay | Director, Partnership Strategies | Evergreen | | 416-596-1495 X 451
  • For media inquiries contact: Renee Tratch | Senior Manager, Public Relations| Evergreen | | 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.


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. Smart Cities Community Support Program to provide knowledge, expertise, experience and the guidance communities of all sizes need to build internal capacity and navigate the smart cities landscape. As the project lead, Evergreen is working with OpenNorth and partners who will also support current finalists and future applicants of the Smart Cities Challenge in advancing their thinking, developing strong final proposals.


With funding provided by: 

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