The City of Sault Ste. Marie has submitted an application to the Smart Cities challenge focused on the community’s youth.
Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of residents through innovation, data and connected technology. There are four prizes available through the challenge, and the City has submitted an application under the following category: Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people.
The Challenge Statement asks communities to define the outcome or outcomes that address an important problem in their community and state what they aim to achieve by implementing the proposal. The outcomes must be measurable, ambitious, and achievable through the proposed use of data and connected technology.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Challenge Statement reads as follows: We are going to reverse population decline and youth outmigration by building the Country’s most advanced youth engagement and data analytics platform which will connect our youth to their community and its opportunities and will encourage them to develop the skill sets that are required by the new economy.
The target outcomes of the City’s submission are aimed to reverse youth outmigration and addresses demographic challenges. The outcomes contain both short and long term goals, including: creating career pathways for youth, increasing education levels, addressing skills shortages and assisting private sector job creation.