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Canadian communities brace for Smart Cities Challenge despite scarce details

By Emily Haws      

The Smart Cities Challenge is a federal government initiative to encourage innovation. The 2017 federal budget announced $300-million for the challenge, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in June.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, picture in this file photo at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. The Hill Times file photograph
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Canadian communities are lining up to compete for millions in lucrative funding as part of a new government-organized competition designed to foster greater innovation in urban centres. The Trudeau government's Smart Cities Challenge is launching this fall, and although details remain scarce, some municipalities are seriously preparing for the $300-million competition. “Cities are ready and willing to innovate,” said Travis Peter, manager of smart city and innovation for the City of St. Albert, Alta., and director of the Alberta’s Smart

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