On October 3, 2016, St. Albert City Council approved a detailed strategy that describes how the community will adopt a “Smart City” approach to its growth and modern service priorities.
St. Albert’s strategy is captured within a Smart City Master Plan – a guiding document considered unique across Canada, and much of the world, as it is one of the first to describe how a community will respond to its challenges and opportunities through specific innovation and collaboration efforts, and the application of new technologies and data sources for public benefit. In doing so, St. Albert’s plan is also designed to increase the City’s operational efficiency, support local economic growth, and maintain exceptional local program and service delivery.
“St. Albert is an outstanding and forward thinking community, and this Smart City plan showcases our commitment to working with others and to unlocking new methods to deliver public value,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “Through this important plan we will directly support our Community Vision and complement our reputation as one of Canada’s best places to live, raise a family, and do business.”
St. Albert’s plan is a product of extensive research and insight from over 2,000 stakeholders, including residents, City officials, businesses, academic leaders, entrepreneurs and other experts from across Canada. This approach ensured the plan was both well-founded and relevant to the local context.
Building on its strong foundation of previously completed Smart City projects, St. Albert has identified nearly 30 strategies across the following key focus areas:
- People: Connecting, supporting and empowering St. Albertans to innovate and thrive
- Economy: Facilitating the success of existing businesses and attracting innovative new businesses and entrepreneurs to St. Albert
- Mobility: Improving the efficient movement of people and goods within and through St. Albert
- Environment: Supporting effective environmental monitoring and sustainability through technology
- Living: Applying Smart systems to improve St. Albert’s quality of life, public services and safety
- Governance / Operations: Driving long-term municipal efficiency, asset management, decision making and transparency
- Implementation: Ensuring St. Albert's strong foundation and ongoing success as a Smart City
These focus areas are complemented by specific future priorities for the community, such as developing intelligent transportation systems to optimize traffic movement, building fibre-optic network infrastructure, installing arrays of sensors that will silently monitor and control local infrastructure and amenities, improving the City’s availability of digital services, facilitating product and service testing in a ‘living lab’ innovation environment, and much more.
“We encourage all interested stakeholders to continue to engage with the City on its Smart City efforts and to identify opportunities to innovate and work together,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “St. Albert looks forward to much collaborative success for years to come.”