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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 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.

Thank you to all who shared their experiences during the engagement process. Your feedback has informed our submission to the Smart Cities Challenge and will help us improve access to affordable, healthy food in Halifax.



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

That’s why we’ve entered 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.


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.

From virtual identity cards that improve access to services and reduce exclusion, to technology that helps distribute food from suppliers to those in need, Halifax will make nutritious, affordable food accessible to every resident—helping to close the poverty gap and build equity and inclusiveness into our city and communities.


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