Campbell River has entered a national smart cities competition that would earn the city $10 million if it wins.
Infrastructure Canada launched the challenge to encourage communities to adopt an approach to improve innovation, data and connected technology for their residents.
Campbell River staff say the city’s application outlined its use of the community-owned CRadvantage fibre optic internet, which gives businesses and the public access to high-speed networking.
Economic development officer Rose Klukas says if Campbell River wins, it will use the $10 million to transform the city’s downtown using open data and smart applications to solve safety issues and attract more business and visitors.
Infrastructure Canada will announce finalists this summer, and those bids will receive $250,000 to develop a final proposal.