Infrastructure Canada announced the Smart Cities Challenge finalists on June 1, 2018. Unfortunately, the application submitted by the Municipality, Walpole Island and Moraviantown was not selected as a finalist application. More information about the challenge, applications and finalists can be found here: https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/smart-cities/results
The Summary of Our Application
Chatham-Kent, a single-tier municipality of 23 predominately rural communities, is partnering with two neighbouring First Nations to promote reconciliation by taking deliberate action to create an environment where everyone can achieve their full potential, regardless of where they live.
Equitable access to transportation is key to creating a sense of empowerment and inclusion, providing access to opportunities for all, including seniors, persons with disabilities, youth, persons with low incomes and families with young children.
On-demand transportation, truly available to all, can only be achieved by enhancing existing transit systems using data and connected technology and by forming partnerships. Our plan will be transformative for our communities and essential to delivering the goals of our community strategic plans, restoring and maintaining vibrant smaller communities and addressing the twin demographic challenges of seniors wishing to remain in their homes while attracting and retaining young people.
Empowerment and inclusion are fundamental challenges in rural geographies across Canada. Failure to address these challenges will result in continued population decline. Through this Smart Cities Challenge, we will create a sustainable, inclusive transportation system that promotes reconciliation, population stabilization and growth and becomes a scalable model for rural regions across the country.