Region a smart cities finalist
Waterloo Region is a finalist in the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge, moving on for a shot at a $50-million grant.
The region and its seven lower-tier municipalities split the cost on rolling the dice for the funding (Woolwich’s share of the cost was $2,000, for instance), and as finalists will receive $250,000 to help with the next, more detailed application for the prize money.
The region selected “Healthy Children and Youth” as its community challenge area, focussing its bid on projects that meet that goal.
Summaries of the finalists’ applications, along with their challenge statements and the evaluation criteria are posted on the Impact Canada website (impactcanada.ca). Each finalist will receive a grant of $250,000 to further develop their innovative ideas into final proposals that outline all design, planning, privacy, data protection and project management components of their plans. The winners will be announced in spring 2019.