Airdrie still moving forward with HealthSmart technology

May 14, 2019/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The winners of the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge were announced on May 14 2019 in Ottawa, Canada. Airdrie's proposal was not successful in the $10 million grant category.

“Though we are disappointed in the outcome, we are extremely proud of the hard work the Airdrie SmartCities Challenge team put into the proposal we submitted,” said Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown. “I would like to thank the Government of Canada and Smart Cities Challenge Jury for providing us this opportunity and taking on the difficult task of selecting the winning communities. And a special thank you to our community for providing input that helped inform our proposal. We are not giving up as we believe our proposed technology can contribute to an even better quality of health and well-being in our city. We will be looking at other funding options so that one day we will be Canada’s Healthiest Community.”

“Our proposal to increase healthy life expectancy by 3+ years over 5 years was ambitious, but achievable,” said Mark Seland, Chief Executive Officer for the Airdrie & Area Health Cooperative. “With that in mind, we are moving forward. We believe that the technology will have positive economic and social potential for our city. Airdrie is known to be innovative. We will look at other ways to build the technology so that everyone can have a whole and healthy life.”

Airdrie’s proposal detailed how they can connect residents, business and agencies in the community to health-related information and resources through a smart technology platform. This technology is one part of a bigger picture to become Canada’s Healthiest Community. This project connects to the other work that Airdrie is doing to help make healthy choices easy for residents.

The City of Airdrie and the Airdrie & Area Health Cooperative will be working on the next steps in the coming months and will be providing more information to residents.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) across Canada. It is meant to empower communities across the country to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Airdrie was announced a finalist in the competition in June 2018.

To learn more about the proposal, visit www.healthsmartairdrie.com  

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