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    Unprecedented mobilization of 11 communities to overcome social isolation

    11 communities to overcome social isolation

    Communities interconnected through innovative and secure shared platform encouraging integration, mutual aid and citizen engagement

    Brossard, April 26, 2018  – The municipalities of Brossard, Châteauguay, Saint-Constant, Saint-Lambert, Delson, Sainte-Catherine, Magog, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Beaconsfield, La Prairie as well as the Huron-Wendat Nation are pleased to announce that they have officially submitted a joint application for the Smart Cities Challenge, a program launched by Infrastructure Canada, in the category of communities with populations under 500,000 residents. 

    By joining this exceptional coalition of 11 communities, in collaboration with B-CITI Solutions Inc., the municipalities and the Indigenous nation intend to take up a major challenge that affects all our societies in this digital era: to overcome social isolation by boosting community life and interaction between residents.

    Evolving in a world in constant flux where virtual communication tools redefine social relationships, human solidarity within our communities is changing and searching for itself. “This is a significant challenge that we are tackling! By bringing together our collective diversity and by mobilizing what unites us, we can, however, create innovative and smart initiatives to improve the life of our citizens from coast to coast,” the 11 partners state with one single voice.

    The implementation of a transactional multiservice platform aims at catalyzing living environments, developing citizens’ sense of belonging as well as encouraging mutual aid, social inclusion and collaborative economy in the communities. The platform will ultimately help foster relationships between citizens, stimulate community life, facilitate accessibility and participation at cultural, recreational and tourism activities, and promote the local economy.

    The premises of the joint application are the result of extensive public consultations involving citizens of all ages and backgrounds, community organizations and elected officials. Survey and focus group participants have expressed their wish to improve existing municipal services and to launch various initiatives for civic collaboration. This interaction has facilitated the emergence of new ideas based on all needs expressed. The citizens are indeed at the heart of this process and become, more than ever, a change agent in their communities, thereby playing an instrumental part in the development of an increasingly intelligent community.  

    More information on the coalition and the consultation process can be found on collectiveideas.ca.

    The Smart Cities Challenge

    The Smart Cities Challenge is a Canada-wide competition open to municipalities of all sizes, local or regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). Based on a smart cities approach, this Challenge will empower communities to improve the quality of life of their residents through innovation, the use of data and connected technology.

    Finalists will be selected by Summer 2018, with final proposals to be submitted in Winter 2018-2019. Winners will be announced in Spring 2019.

    Consult our application (PDF available in French only)

    Last update: 2018-05-30 09:25