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1 in 5 people in Halifax don't have access to affordable, healthy food.

We're going to change that.

The Government of Canada challenged communities from coast to coast to submit their best ideas for improving the lives of people who live there. The Smart Cities Challenge finalists were announced June 1st at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference held in Halifax.

Unfortunately, Halifax was not selected as a finalist. We extend our congratulations to the successful applicants.  

We are proud of our submission and the work of the Smart Cities Advisory Committee and our many partner agencies from across the Halifax region who contributed to our proposal. Thank you to all who shared their experiences during the engagement process.


we remain committed

A city is stronger when every one of its residents has access to the food they need to thrive. That’s why we entered the Smart Cities Challenge. 

The municipality and our community partners remain committed to improving food security in Halifax. Food security is one of the seven themes in the poverty strategy and actions to address food security are identified in many of the municipality’s strategies and plans. Priorities include preserving green space for food production and improving access to affordable nutritious food through initiatives like the Mobile Food Market, community gardens and better transportation.

We look forward to working with our many partners and the community to continue to improve access to affordable, healthy food for every resident in Halifax.


Halifax's Smart Cities Challenge

On April 24th, 2018, the Halifax Regional Municipality submitted its application to Infrastructure Canada for the Smart Cities Challenge.


Our Challenge Statement

Despite record growth, Halifax is one of the most food insecure cities in Canada, so we will improve access to nutritious, affordable food for every person, making this a more equitable place to live, and our community the most food secure in the country.


Challenge Summary

Though we’re surrounded by thriving farmland and sea, and experiencing strong economic growth, 1 in 5 Halifax residents don’t have access to nutritious, affordable food. In fact, Halifax is one of the most food insecure cities in Canada.

We’re going to change that.

Our community is working together to solve Halifax’s food security issue. Good nutrition is one of the greatest contributors to long-term health and prosperity, impacting every aspect of a person’s life from education and employment outcomes to physical and mental health. Food plays a huge role in our collective strategy to reduce poverty and lift every resident and community up. We believe technology and data can play a big role in how we bring more food to people, and more people to the food they need to thrive.


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