City of Sault Ste. Marie submits Smart Cities application


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.


  1. Well, speaking as a young adult, this is kind of an insult, and obviously thought up by an older generation of individuals who think they know what young people want. In all honesty, you can create all the jobs you want in this city for youth, it doesn’t mean they want to stick around. Frankly, there is nothing to do in this city. Sure youths want a job, but who wants to work 9-5, Monday to Friday, and then spend all evening and weekend at home sitting on the couch? Most youth don’t care about getting out and experiencing the great outdoors, shopping in this city is ridiculous at best thanks to our over priced malls trying to use them as tax write offs for larger Southern Ontario malls, half the summer our beaches are closed due to some kind of algae or ailment, most of the bars are run down dumps, and the restaurants are either to expensive or not worth eating at. And when you start a family, there isn’t much for young children (the new play area at the tech is a good start though). This is why i find it disappointing that the city was so quick to dismiss the suggesting of indoor water parks, even if the size was a bit overboard the concept was decent (thinking Soaring eagle in Michigan where i take my family). If there were more things for people our age to do, they would come stay or come back, because frankly who wants to live in overpopulated Toronto?

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