The City of Markham is looking for a big, bold idea to improve the community as they enter the Government of Canada Smart Cities Challenge.

The challenge encourages municipalities across the country to identify their most pressing demands and how they could be solved through data and connected technologies. Markham is eligible to apply for two grant levels – up to $10 million or up to $50 million.

The program promotes partnerships across sectors including business, education, health, industry and community groups.

A short online survey – open to all local residents, businesses and community members – has been created to help identify the most pressing challenges in Markham and possible solutions. The survey is available until March 4 and can be found here. Survey results and Markham’s Smart Cities Challenge submission will be published online in late April. Infrastructure Canada will announce the shortlisted candidates in the summer.

“We are an innovative city and we have some of the best talent,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a news release. “I am calling on the thought leaders, the change makers and the best creative minds as we plan Markham’s future together. What’s on your mind? How can we make it better for you? This is your city, your country and your voice matters.”

“The Smart Cities Challenge aligns with our Digital Markham strategy, which envisions the city as a platform for innovation and will expedite our digital journey,” added Nasir Kenea, city chief information officer. “Through the use of data and connected technologies, our community can realize an impactful positive experience.”