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1 in 7 people in Halifax don't have access to affordable, healthy food.

Help us change that.

The Government of Canada has challenged communities from coast to coast to submit their best ideas for improving the lives of people who live there. The Smart Cities Challenge will award $50 million to the city that identifies the best collaborative plan that uses innovation, data, and technology to solve an important issue in that city. 

Smart Cities is a chance for us to change lives and make bright futures possible.



A city is stronger when every one of its residents has access to the food they need to thrive.

Compared to major urban centres, Halifax is the one of the most food insecure cities in the country – meaning it’s more difficult in our city to afford and access healthy foods. Those most affected are seniors, low income families, newcomers, people with disabilities and single parents. Food insecurity has long lasting negative impacts on physical, mental and social health and overall community wellbeing.

That’s why we’re entering the Smart Cities Challenge. It’s a chance for Halifax to be awarded $50 million to work together to tackle poverty and one of its most urgent of issues—access to affordable, healthy food for everyone. If we’re successful, we could create real change, using the best thinking and biggest ideas. Change that’s felt in every community.

We know the facts and figures, but there’s a lot left to learn from you. We need to know what will make a real difference in your life, and in the lives of others. That understanding will help us build a strong case for the Smart Cities Challenge.

Thank you for your help. Please share this page with other people you think we should hear from.


Public Engagement Sessions

Join the conversation about addressing barriers to affordable, healthy food in the Halifax region. Input gathered at these facilitated sessions will help inform our submission to the Smart Cities Challenge.

Please plan to attend one of the following public engagement sessions:

Thursday, MarCH 15

Halifax North Memorial Library
2-4 p.m.

Monday, MarCH 19

Alderney Gate Public Library - Helen Creighton Room
1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, MaRCH 20

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library - Sand Dollar Room
6-7:30 p.m.

Sackville Public Library - Fenerty Room
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, MarCH 21

Halifax Central Public Library - BMO Community Room
3-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, MarCH 22

Halifax Central Public Library - BMO Community Room
10-11:30 a.m.

Tallahassee Community Centre - Foyer
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Keshen Goodman Public Library - Thomas Raddall Room
7-8:30 p.m.

Friday, MarCH 23

Captain William Spry Public Library - Program Room
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, MarCH 24

Sheet Harbour Public Library
12:30-1:30 p.m.