The Launch of Smart Waterloo Region

Did you know that Waterloo region has a one in five chance of winning $50 million to improve child and youth well-being?

As a proud partner of Smart Waterloo Region, help us make our community the best in Canada for children and youth!

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  • Help raise awareness by telling one person about Smart Waterloo Region, and challenge them to tell another person as well!

  • Check out our Conversation Toolkit and share your feedback at

This past summer, Waterloo region was shortlisted as one of five finalists in the large municipalities category of the Smart Cities Challenge, a new, competition-based approach that encourages communities to come up with innovative solutions to their most pressing challenge. Based on extensive public consultation, Waterloo region selected Healthy Children and Youth as its community challenge area.

Our community now has a one in five chance of winning $50 million with the goal of becoming the best community in Canada for children and youth!

To help raise awareness of this great initiative, our community came together on November 20th to the official launch of the Smart Waterloo Region project! Representatives from the tech, social services and private sectors attended co-launch events at one of the three sites across the region in Cambridge, Elmira and Kitchener. The Smart Waterloo Region team kicked off the day with a presentation and panel discussion. The panel featured youth representatives, project partners and tech experts.

For those who missed the event, you can view the full presentation and panel discussion online. A Conversation Toolkit was also launched during the event to help encourage discussions.

Conversations continued into the evening as drop-in style events in Cambridge, Elmira and Kitchener welcomed community members to take part in the launch. By working together, we can transform our community for the better- join us!

For more information about this exciting project, please visit, and follow Smart Waterloo Region on Twitter and Instagram.

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