Vancouver and Surrey call for innovation for future smart corridors

October 5, 2018
The cities of Vancouver and Surrey are calling on businesses from around the world to join them in advancing their Smart Cities Challenge vision to create Canada's first two collision-free corridors using autonomous shuttles and smart technologies for multi-modal transportation.
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“We are among the five finalists vying for funding in the $50 million category,” says Jessie Adcock, Chief information Officer for the City of Vancouver. “We are seeking qualified companies to submit smart city technology project proposals that will support the development of the corridors from pilot through to implementation.

“We are asking businesses from all around the world to think big and out of the box about what technological solutions they would want to test on these corridors,” says Sean Simpson, Director of Information Technology for the City of Surrey.  “The innovative ideas brought forward have the potential to turn our cities into the global epicenter of smart mobility technology and to establish new global best practices in urban transportation planning.”

The two corridors selected were:

  • Innovation Boulevard Corridor: A 4.5-kilometer corridor in Surrey incorporating a health technologies innovation precinct comprised of a mix of local and collector streets along with high volume arterials. The corridor connects key facilities and services to a major transit hub.
  • Vancouver’s South False Creek Innovation Corridor: A Vancouver corridor that extends from Granville Island to Science World.

Businesses are encouraged to propose safe mobility solutions related to:

  • Autonomous shuttles
  • Smart mobility infrastructure
  • Advanced data and analytics
  • Enhanced user experience


Submissions for the Call for Innovation are due on or before 3pm on November 15, 2018.

Interested business can submit online at

Read the full guidelines at:

Attend an information session:

Businesses wishing to learn more are also encouraged to attend an upcoming information session with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on October 9, 2018.

Venue: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Tuscany Room
Registration at 9:30am
Program and questions 10:00 to 11:15

For more information visit Great Vancouver Board of Trade.

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In June of this year, the cities of Vancouver and Surrey were shortlisted in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. The joint Smart Cities Challenge first stage application was chosen out of 130 submissions to be among the 20 finalists vying for federal funding of smart city projects designed to improve the quality of life of city residents.

The City of Vancouver and City of Surrey are now in the process of composing our final application, which is to be submitted by March 5, 2019.

If selected by Infrastructure Canada to bring that idea to reality, the cities will share $50 million in prize money as part of the Smart Cities Challenge.

If chosen as the winning submission, both cities would demonstrate the path to safer, healthier, and more connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency, and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion.