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Smart Cities Challenge


Where food problems are solved

It’s official! Guelph-Wellington has been awarded the $10 million prize through a successful application to Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge

The funds, awarded by Infrastructure Canada, will be used to implement Our Food Future: our vision to create Canada’s first circular food economy.

The joint proposal from City of Guelph and Wellington County was submitted in March, 2019 after nine months of planning involving more than 150 community partners. 

Smart Cities

The Smart Cities Challenge is a Canada-wide competition open to communities of all sizes. The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

Guelph-Wellington was successful in the category for cities with populations under 500,000.


  • April 24, 2018: Application Submission Deadline
  • June 1, 2018: Finalist Announcement
  • March 5, 2019: Final Proposal Submission Deadline
  • May 14, 2019: Winner Announcement
  • January, 2020: Launch Our Food Future

Our steering committee

Biorem Guelph Chamber of Commerce Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination Ontario Agri-Food Technologies


Innovation Guelph


Provision Coalition


Maple Leaf

Conestoga College


Arrell Food Institute

Guelph CHC Waterloo Wellington LHIN Upper Grand District School Board


University of Guelph

TruLeaf Toward Common Ground


Our growing list of champions

  • 10C Shared Space
  • Ag Energy Co-operative
  • Beef Farmers of Ontario
  • Bioenterprise Corporation
  • Biomimicry Frontiers
  • Cisco
  • Community Engaged Scholarship Institute – UofG
  • Conestoga
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Family Counselling and Support Service G-W
  • Goodleaf Community Farms Ltd.
  • Greenbelt Microgreens
  • Guelph Community Health Centre
  • Guelph Family Health Team
  • Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition
  • Innovation Guelph
  • Invest in Guelph
  • Katan Kitchens
  • Lakeside Hope House Leanintuit
  • Longview
  • MannMade
  • Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Oreka Solutions
  • Organic Meadow
  • Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
  • Quinta
  • Taste Real
  • The Guelph Community Foundation
  • The Seed
  • Toque Ltd.
  • United Way Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin
  • Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures
  • Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
  • YMCA-YWCA of Guelph
  • Yorklands Green Hub