In 1971 Saint John’s population was 89,000. Today it’s 68,000.
To change that we’re going to need everybody’s help.
The Smart Cities Challenge is a national competition created and funded by the Government of Canada to drive community-led change using data, connected technologies and ongoing community engagement. Saint John is vying for one of two $10 million grants slated for mid-sized cities.
Population growth was the number one issue identified during our initial community engagement process, and in particular using technology to help deepen connections between newcomers and existing Saint John services, job opportunities and neighbourhood life.
Thank you to everyone who helped shape our application. We look forward to continuing our community conversation as we work to increase Saint John’s population and welcome more people to our growing, prosperous and sustainable city.
On Friday, June 1, the top 20 finalists for the Smart Cities Challenge were announced. We would like to congratulate the City of Fredericton and St. Mary’s First Nation for their successful Smart Cities Challenge submission. They were one of two proposals from Atlantic Canada to advance to the next phase of the competition. Infrastructure Canada received 130 Smart Cities Challenge submissions from communities across the country.
Although Saint John did not advance to Phase 2, we will be moving ahead with plans to address population decline in our City.
This process was a great experience . In particular, we learned that many residents are interested in helping solve this challenge and want to be engaged. We also witnessed impressive private and public sector support for the project as companies and organizations stepped up to provide in-kind resources and contribute letters of support for the submission.
The insight and ideas generated through our community engagement activities will continue to be valuable in helping us understand our population decline challenge and in developing meaningful solutions, so thank you. The project team will continue to meet and we look forward to continuing our work to address our challenge.