Edmonton’s Approach


Message from Mayor Don Iveson

Infrastructure Canada has issued a challenge to all of the cities in Canada to become better, and we’re answering the call!

The Smart Cities Challenge encourages communities and their most creative minds to adopt new and innovative approaches to city-building.

By being innovative and taking a risk, Edmonton — as a large-size community — has a chance to win up to $50 million out of the $75 million prize pool. The real prize here, however, is not the money; it’s implementing innovative solutions to our most pressing challenges by enabling partnerships, using data and connecting technologies to improve the quality of life for Edmontonians.

To win this competition, we’re looking for the one-in-a-million idea!

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson

Edmonton's Theme

Healthy City

The health and well-being of our citizens is a primary focus for the City of Edmonton, and we have taken many steps toward branding the City of Edmonton as a Health City. For this reason, we have chosen the theme of Healthy City.

Edmonton has an intellectual edge, with six post-secondary institutions, which each play an integral role in the delivery of highly skilled talent, engaging in world-class research and technologies. Edmonton also has a provincial health authority that delivers medical care on behalf of the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Health. Alberta Health Services is headquartered in Edmonton and is the largest single health authority in Canada.

The City recognizes that municipalities are a vital component of the healthcare system and will actively work to promote healthy living and provide services for our most vulnerable populations. We are committed to improving the physical, mental, economic and social health and well-being of Edmontonians.

Edmonton city scene of the North Saskatchewan river and downtown

Health Indicators

Physical Health

Physical Health is critical for overall well-being and is the most visible of the various dimensions of health, which also include social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and environmental health.

Economic Health

Economic Health is economic and social wealth that is sustained over time, allowing families for generations to participate in economic life and have a greater say over their future.

Mental Health

Mental health is a psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of behavioural adjustment emotionally, psychologically, and socially. It is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.

Social Health

Social Health involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you.

Edmonton's Advisory Committee

The following is a list of the Smart Cities Challenge External Advisory Committee Members.

Edmonton's Timeline

Outlined below is Edmonton's Smart Cities Challenge journey.

January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018


Engagement Starts

Citizens and staff are asked to submit ideas and attend our engagement events.

External Advisory Committee Forms

Community partners are invited to participate in the Smart Cities Challenge External Advisory Committee.

Website Launches

smartcities.edmonton.ca website is released to collect ideas for the Smart Cities Challenge.

January 2018


Ideas Themed

Submitted ideas are reviewed and grouped into major categories.

Draft Themes Reviewed

Draft themes are shared with engagement groups to prioritize and gather feedback.

February 2018

Healthy City Theme Announced

Mayor Don Iveson announced Edmonton’s Smart City Challenge Theme of Healthy City.

Engagement Continues

Citizens and staff were asked to submit projects, ideas and technologies that can make Edmonton a Healthy City.

March 2018

HealthHack Competition Launched

Citizens are invited to submit proposals and build prototypes that can make Edmonton a Healthy City.

Proposal Forms

Submitted projects, ideas and technologies are reviewed and start to form Edmonton’s Smart Cities Challenge proposal.

April 2018

Proposal Reviewed

Key stakeholders are asked to review the proposal and provide feedback.

Proposal Submitted

Edmonton will submit its Smart City Challenge proposal on April 24, 2018.



Edmonton's Application

Edmonton's application will be posted in April 2018.