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Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge: Finalist Application Submission

On May 14, Infrastructure Canada announced Bridgewater as the winner of the $5 million Smart Cities Challenge! We are extremely proud of our community and would like to thank all of the individuals involved in our project. Bridgewater was one of five finalists in the Smart Cities Challenge $5 million prize category. In March, the community submitted a comprehensive proposal for an Energy Poverty Reduction Program designed to lift residents out of energy poverty, starting by reducing the energy poverty rate 20% by 2025. The final application is the result of many months of consultation with Bridgewater residents and community partners. Stay tuned to Town of Bridgewater and Energize Bridgewater social media for updates on the project.

Read the application here: Energy Poverty Reduction Program 

Bridgewater's 5-minute Smart Cities Challenge Video Pitch

Challenge Statement: Our community will lift its residents out of energy poverty, starting by reducing the energy poverty rate 20% by 2025. 


What Bridgewater Plans to Achieve....




How We Plan to Achieve It...

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Energize Bridgewater Monthly Zine

Read about the latest in sustainability in Bridgewater including the Smart Cities Challenge, Bridgewater transit, and more. 

The December Edition (Click on cover page to read) 

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 November Edition (Click on cover page to read) 

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 Smart Cities Challenge Video Gallery

Youth Video Documentary: Living in Energy Poverty 

Smart Cities Challenge Jury Check-in Video 

Eliminating Energy Poverty Through Clean Energy


Bridgewater Bright Business Community Award Winner 


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About Bridgewater's Smart Cities Challenge Project to Reduce Energy Poverty

Defining Energy Poverty


Smart Cities Challenge Journey Poster Revised


Energize Bridgewater Team

  • Jessica McDonald, Director of Planning and Recreation
  • Leon de Vreede, Project Lead
  • Myles Cornish, On-Site Energy Manager
  • Greg Goubko, Energy and Finance Development Coordinator
  • Mackenzie Childs, Junior Planner
  • Nelson Nolan, Planning and Sustainability Intern 




Energy and Financing Working Group 

  • Kaelan Keys, Business Development Manager, Efficiency Nova Scotia
  • Don Regan, Superintendent,   Berwick Electric Commission
  • Kathleen Heymans, Policy  Analyst and Coordinator,   Nova Scotia Department of  Energy
  • Samantha Peverill, Nova Scotia  Services Lead, Quality Urban Energy Systems  of Tomorrow (QUEST)
  • Andy Horsnell, Founder &   Owner,   Andy Horsnell Consulting
  • Douglas MacLennan, Vice President of  Development, New Dawn Enterprises
  • Richard Bridge, Barrister &   Solicitor
  • Mark Hewitt, Technology Specialist
  • Fernando Paulovich, Canada Research Chair in Data Visualization and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University 


Project Partners

See the appendix of the Energy Poverty Reduction Program document for letters of support from the following project partners:

  • Affordable Energy Coalition
  • Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia
  • Be the Peace Institute
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Shore
  • Bridgewater Active Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Bridgewater and Area Lions Club
  • Clean Foundation
  • Dalhousie University - Faculty of Computer Science
  • Ecology Action Centre
  • EfficiencyNova Scotia / EfficiencyOne
  • Energy Services Association of Canada
  • Family Services of Western Nova Scotia
  • Housing Nova Scotia
  • Lunenburg County Seniors Safety Program
  • Lunenburg County YMCA
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • New Dawn Enterprises Limited
  • Nova Scotia Community Transportation Network
  • Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Nova Scotia Power
  • Nova Scotia Works
  • Nova Scotia Community College – Lunenburg Campus
  • Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
  • RNDT Development
  • SchoolsPlus
  • Second Story Women’s Centre
  • Small World Learning Centre
  • Society St. Vincent de Paul
  • Souls Harbour Bridgewater
  • South Shore Family Resource Association
  • South Shore Housing Action Coalition
  • St. Mary’s University - Department of Mathematics and Computing Science
  • The Ark and Support Services Group
  • The Honourable Mark Furey, MLA Lunenburg West
  • The Honourable Steven McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
  • The Salvation Army, Bridgewater Corps
  • TownSuite Municipal Software
  • United Way Lunenburg County


Media Coverage 

Chronicle Herald: Bridgewater wins $5-million Smart Cities energy efficiency challenge

Newswire: The Government of Canada Announces Winners of the Smart Cities Challenge

Global News: Bridgewater, N.S., wins Smart Cities Challenge, earns $5M towards reducing energy poverty

CBC: Bridgewater wins $5M from federal program to improve energy efficiency

LighthouseNow: Bridgewater wins $5 million Smart Cities Challenge

CKBW: Bridgewater Wins Smart Cities Challenge

Smart Cities Challenge Library 

Bridgewater's Initial Smart Cities Challenge Submission 

Smart Cities Challenge Project Charter 

Smart Cities Challenge Community Engagement Plan 

Community Energy Investment Plan: The Way Forward

Community Energy Financing Mechanisms Scoping Study 

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For further reading on energy poverty and  affordable housing in Bridgewater and Nova Scotia, visit the links below: 

South Shore Housing Action Coalition: Housing Needs Assessmenthttps: //sshac.wordpress.com/housing-needs-assessment/South

Solving Nova Scotia's Electricity Pricing Problem: Energy Affordability vs Rising Electricity Prices https://ecologyaction.ca/issue-area/energy-issues-publications