We are participating in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

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We are participating in the
Government of Canada’s
Smart Cities Challenge.

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Our Smart City projects improve services, foster open government, make data more accessible and enable research-based decisions.

Mississauga is a Smart City

Mississauga is committed to engaging the community, citizens and industry leaders in our Smart City journey.

A Smart City is a municipality that uses data and communication technologies to create sustainable economic development, increase operational efficiency, improve the quality of government services and make improvements to community life.

To learn more about the City of Mississauga and our vision for the future watch the City brand video.

The City of Mississauga has been recognized for its advancements in Smart City initiatives including free public Wi-Fi, open data, hackathons, fibre network, Advance Traffic Management, LED Lighting, mobility, online services, mobile apps and social media. In addition, Mississauga has connected City Services such as building automation, snow ploughs, the works fleet, transit and fire.

Here’s how we’ve been using smart technologies to build a 21st century city:

  • Creating a Connected City

    Mississauga is home to the largest municipally owned fibre optic network in Canada. Over 800 kilometres of fibre connect over 290+ sites across the city.

  • Fostering Digital Inclusion

    Free wireless internet access in community facilitates and public spaces, with more locations under review.

  • Supporting Innovation & Ideation

    The City of Mississauga currently has over 100 data sets available on our Open Data Catalogue.

  • A Virtual City Campus

    Mississauga is the first Canadian city to make eduroam available to its student population, creating a virtual campus using the City’s free public Wi-Fi network.

  • Engaging Youth and Tech Community

    The City is dedicated to helping to engaging youth and building a strong tech community by supporting events like Tech and the City.

  • Mobile and Digital Transformation

    The City prides itself on our online service delivery such as tax self-service, license renewals and recreation program registration.

Smart Cities Challenge

The Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge is a cross-Canadian initiative open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). Successful applicants will receive prizing based on population size.

According to the program details released by Infrastructure Canada, the Challenge will be an open and transparent process. Communities that submit proposals will also post them online, so that residents and stakeholders can see them. An independent jury will be appointed to select finalists and winners.

Smart Cities Challenge submissions are due April 24, 2018. The Jury will select finalists by summer 2018. Each finalist will receive a $250,000 grant to develop their final proposal which must be submitted in winter 2019. Winners will be announced spring 2019.

The City will be conducting a series of public engagement sessions to help facilitate our submission process. Visit our digital engagement site for more event details and to submit your ideas in the online discussion.

Available Prizes

  • One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;

  •  Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and

  • One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Smart City?

The term “Smart City” was created to describe how cities around the world are using data, technology and innovation to transform and modernize their services. By working closely with community partners, businesses and industry, Smart Cities build vital connections to foster open government, make data more accessible, and enable research-based decisions.

The overall goal of Smart Cities is to create more liveable, workable and sustainable communities.

What is the timeline for the Smart Cities Challenge?

The application submission deadline is April 24, 2018 and the finalists will be announced during the summer of 2018. The final proposal submission deadline will take place during the winter of 2018-19 and the winners will be announced in the spring of 2019. For more information, visit Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge website.

How can I get involved in the Smart Cities Challenge?

We need your big ideas on how to use technology, data and innovation to make Mississauga even better. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Participate in a community engagement event

Check out the calendar of upcoming events at our Smart Cities Challenge digital engagement site. Attend one of the sessions to take part in the discussion and learn more about smart cities.

Contribute your ideas online

Visit our Smart Cities Challenge digital engagement site, to submit your ideas and to participate in a digital discussion about how Mississauga can use smart city technologies to improve the lives of residents.

Additionally, you can submit ideas at any time by sending us an e-mail at smartcity@mississauga.ca.

Who do I contact if I have a question about Smart City?

You can contact our Smart City team by email at smartcity@mississauga.ca.