Airdrie named as a finalist in Canada's Smart Cities Challenge
June 1, 2018/ For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Friday, June 1, The City of Airdrie and the Airdrie & Area Health Cooperative thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi for recognizing Airdrie as one of 10 communities in Canada to develop full-scale proposals to become a Smart City.
Being one of the Smart Cities Challenge finalists, Airdrie will receive a $250,000 grant and technical support to build out a fully detailed proposal to digitally enable Airdrie to become Canada’s healthiest community.
“We are grateful to the Government of Canada for this grant and recognizing Airdrie’s potential in being a leader in digital enablement and our growing community culture of owning our own health,” said Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown. “At the overall community level, healthier individuals are more productive, creative, and engaged which will have positive economic and social impacts on our community. We will be Canada’s Healthiest Community.” "And a sincere thanks to city staff and the Airdrie & Area Health Co-op members for all their efforts in getting where we are," added Brown.
“Health is more than just health care services when we are sick,” said Don Bell, Airdrie resident and AAHC board member. “A SMART COMMUNITY, digitally enabled, is a major piece of enabling us to drive toward health. On our road to becoming Canada’s Healthiest Community, we’ll engage and encourage the participation of all in the community to continue growing a healthy culture that improves social, economic, physical and health care environments and individual characteristics and behaviours. This will lead to an increased healthy life expectancy. In other communities that have done this, people are living healthier for as much 3 to 5 years.”
The City and AAHC submitted an application to the federal Smart Cities Challenge April 24, 2018. The proposal outlined a “digital framework” that will allow people to make informed choices that positively impact their individual and their family’s health. This health-focused digital framework as a Smart City will support the overall efforts to make Airdrie Canada’s Healthiest Community. This is one component of a community wide movement which includes potentially becoming the first Blue Zones community in Canada and working toward a Health Park that will connect people with providers, resources and research.
Team Leader, Corporate Communications
City of Airdrie
Chief Technology Officer
Airdrie & Area Health Cooperative (AAHC)