The Smart City Readiness Project

Curious about Peterborough’s Smart City Readiness Project?

The Smart City Readiness Project is an active working group that will help the City of Peterborough prepare an application and proposal for the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge.

Upcoming Events

Housing Workshop 

What is the Smart City Challenge?

Curious to learn more about what the Smart City Challenge is all about?

How can I help?

If you’d like to be considered as a Summit speaker or panelist, become a part of the working group, or to sponsor this initiative, please contact us

What is the Smart City Challenge?

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition held by Infrastructure Canada. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

 

This Challenge empowers communities across the country to address local issues such as, sustainability and economic growth, through new partnerships and a smart city approach.

 

Finalists will receive support to develop their smart cities proposals. Winning communities will be awarded with prize money up to $50,000,000 to help implement their programs.

 

The Smart City Readiness Project is the working group that will help Peterborough prepare an application and proposal for this challenge.

So, what exactly is a smart city?

A smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase its operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and the welfare of its residents.

Where are the Smartest Cities?

Here are some of the Smartest Cities in the world and what they are doing.

New York City, USA

Ranks among the top cities in car sharing services, education, innovative economies, internet speed, and WiFi hotspots.

San Francisco, USA

Among the leaders in smart parking and has been consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live.

London, UK

Revered for its smart transport system London also uses smart technology for improving health of its citizens, and environmental services.

Paris, France

Ranks as one of the top cities in innovation, renewable energy, international outreach, and digitization of government.

Vienna, Austria

The Austrian capital is renowned for traffic management and smart building utilization.

Seoul, South Korea

The city’s “Smart Seoul 2015” campaign provided top-notch healthcare facilities for the disabled and elderly by providing tablets and smartphones to assure they received timely medical attention.

Where are the Smartest Cities?

Here are some of the Smartest Cities in the world and what they are doing.

New York City, USA

Ranks among the top cities in car sharing services, education, innovative economies, internet speed, and WiFi hotspots.

San Francisco, USA​

Among the leaders in smart parking and has been consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live.

London, UK

Revered for its smart transport system London also uses smart technology for improving health of its citizens, and environmental services.

Paris, France

Ranks as one of the top cities in innovation, renewable energy, international outreach, and digitization of government.

Vienna, Austria​

The Austrian capital is renowned for traffic management and smart building utilization.

Seoul, South Korea

The city’s “Smart Seoul 2015” campaign provided top-notch healthcare facilities for the disabled and elderly by providing tablets and smartphones to assure they received timely medical attention.

Why Peterborough?

Why not. Smart Cities are already happening around the world, throughout Canada and it has already started in the City of Peterborough. It is important that while the City and community partners are working on improving lives today, our working group will be looking at preserving and preparing the City for tomorrow.

Our three main goals will be focused on:

Identifying the number one priority for the City over the next 25 years.

Engaging the community and surrounding area on Smart City ideas for Peterborough.

Collaborating with the City to develop an action plan for the next five years and beyond.

Our Working Group

Upcoming Events

Housing Workshop

Hosted by: Kerri Knightly

Location and date are still to be determined.

 

To register for our Smart City e-newsletter click here. We will notify you of event details and registration.

Who can attend?

Anyone interested in how Smart Technology can improve lives. Anyone interested in the future of Peterborough.

 

There will be a series of workshops to collect and share thinking and ideas on smart city approaches to help improve the lives and prosperity of Peterborough.

Previous Talks

The October DBIA Breakfast Meeting:
Learn about the Smart City Challenge

Sacha Lai-Svirk of Outpost379 and Michael Gallant of Lett Architects to talk about the Smart City Challenge — a game changer for the central area of Peterborough.

Smart City Readiness Summit:
What is Smart Cities Challenge?

Sacha Lai-Svirk, a Board Member of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area and Director of Digital Health at Outpost379, talks about the Smart Cities Challenge.

Smart City Readiness Summit:
Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford, formerly Chief Planner for the City of Toronto for eight years, Paul Bedford focused his energy on the development of new planning values, policies and processes to guide the next generation of city building in Canada’s largest city. As the driving force behind “the Kings’ renaissance,” Toronto’s groundbreaking new Official Plan and unanimous City Council approval of the Central Waterfront Principles Plan, he challenged everyone to embrace new ways to think, act and plan. Following his retirement from the City of Toronto after 31 years of public service, Mr. Bedford remains passionate about the city and remains active in shaping the new urban policy agenda at all levels of government.

Smart City Readiness Summit:
Alex Speigel

Alex Speigel, from Windmill Development Group is excited to share his experience developing, The Baker District project in downtown Guelph. This planned development in partnership with the City of Guelph is approximately 500,000 sq.ft. and will create a unique mixed-use development with a new central library, other synergistic community uses and approximately 300 residential units just a short walk away from Guelph’s central train station. This development promises to be an exciting addition to one of Canada’s fastest growing and most dynamic communities with many similar challenges that Peterborough faces.

Smart City Readiness Summit:
Anthea Foyer

Anthea Foyer, is the project lead for Mississauga’s Smart City master plan. She will be sharing her experiences from a Municipal level, insights from Mississauga’s Smart City submission last year and how the city is leveraging Smart City technology to create solutions for their city’s challenges.

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Our Progress

Thank you for showing an interest in Peterborough’s Smart City Readiness Project. Our journey has just begun, and our first milestone was the Smart City Readiness Summit, held on Sept 18th at Market Hall. The summit kicked off a campaign to share ideas on smart city approaches and the opportunities available to Peterborough.

 

Stay tuned for updated information.

Workshops

Workshop 1

Under development. Details to be announced shortly.

 

Workshop 2

To be announced.

 

Workshop 3

To be announced.

Milestones

• Application Deadline

Spring 2020

• Shortlist Announcement

TBD

• Proposal Kickoff

• Idea collection

• Concept Development

• Proposal Development

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