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Transformative Technologies for Smart Canadian Cities

By 30 September 2019 No Comments

OTTAWA, September 30, 2019 – The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is pleased to announce the release of its tech brief, Transformative Technologies for Smart Canadian Cities. Following the release of ICTC’s inaugural Smart Cities policy brief, Smart City Priority Areas and Labour Market Readiness for Canadians, this new work builds on and presents an overview of the key technologies that are destined to shape the development of smart cities and municipalities while enhancing civic life.

With a framework that includes data collection and dissemination, analysis, security and privacy services for all, and sustainable planning, Transformative Technologies sets the stage for how to harness technologies to effectively respond to urban needs.

“Offering better living conditions, improved communication, and enhanced safety and security, smart cities are destined to be Canada’s future economic engine, attracting businesses and bolstering employment while creating an environment where communities and businesses can thrive. This brief is a blueprint for exploring the technological constructs for the next generation of sustainable urbanization while laying the foundation for a data-driven and competitive intelligence-based economy.”

— Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO

From intelligent lighting for sustainable planning to low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites for universal broadband, this brief explores the promises of emerging technologies and their potential to change life in Canada for the better. In an era of increasing urbanization, this paper identifies solutions for all sizes of municipality and highlights case studies from across all regions of Canada.

Given Canada’s recent nation-wide Smart Cities Challenge, launched by Infrastructure Canada, the conversation that this and future work brings to the forefront around public-private partnerships for Smart Cities developments is timely. One of a series in the multi-year initiative Towards an Inclusive and Vibrant Smart Economy, funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, the two briefs released so far constitute the beginnings of ICTC’s work laying the grounding blocks for a smart future that is accessible to all.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact Stephanie Wilson, Senior Director, Digital Transformation & Strategic Outreach at s.wilson[@]


The brief is available here.


About ICTC:

Through forward-looking research, innovative capacity building programs, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters innovative and globally competitive Canadian industries empowered by a talented and diverse digital workforce.