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Mar 5th 2019

Surrey and Vancouver submit final bid for $50 million

The cities of Vancouver and Surrey submitted their final joint application to the Federal Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge .

How we prepared our final bid

Since we were shortlisted on June 1, 2018, we have continued to engage residents and the technology sector.

To prepare for our final bid, we:

  • Shortlisted 81 technology proposals from 55 vendors
  • Offered autonomous vehicle shuttle demo rides
  • Hosted a hackathon, plus brainstorming, information, and workshop sessions with tech professionals and stakeholders

There were 199 applicants  to the Canada-wide Smart Cities Challenge. Out of the 16 submissions in the $50 million category, the joint submission by Vancouver and Surrey was selected as one of the five shortlisted for the top prize.

Our challenge statement

The challenge statement submitted by the two cities aims to deliver a model for Canadian cities and ultimately position Canada as a global autonomous vehicle and smart mobility leader.

The proposal identifies two collision-free corridors that will be equipped with connected technology solutions related to:

  • Intelligent transportation system (ITS) infrastructure
  • Autonomous vehicle shuttles
  • Citizen experience
  • Last mile mobility
  • Data and analytics

Focus of our submission

The joint submission focuses on two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, enabled by connected technology, including:

  • A Surrey corridor that connects key facilities and services to a major transit hub
  • A Vancouver corridor that extends from Granville Island to Science World

Review the full final application

Next steps

Final proposals will be reviewed by experts and then evaluated by the jury. Evaluations will focus on project feasibility, strength of the business case, and clear links to the outcomes established in the challenge statement.

Watch this website for news. The jury will announce winners on May 14, 2019.