Welcome to Smart Waterloo Region’s information hub!

Did you know we have a one in five chance of winning $50 million to improve child and youth well-being in Waterloo region? That's right, we've been shortlisted in the Federal Government's Smart Cities Challenge!

This Smart Waterloo Region (SWR) information hub has everything you need to know about our project and how to help us win.

To win, we need to be the best community in Canada for kids! Help us by: spreading the word, sharing your ideas, sharing your tech talents, attending a meeting or recommending a youth with good ideas. We plan to use them. Stay informed by subscribing to SWR updates below. For a bit of background, check out our Project Updates.


Our Focus: Healthy Children and Youth

It’s official, after months of gathering public input, we’ve selected our challenge area: Healthy children and youth!

Our Challenge Statement

Narrowing our focus, our project will address child and youth well-being in Waterloo Region. Our challenge statement sums up our approach:

We will become the benchmark community in Canada for child and youth well-being by using early intervention, youth engagement and a connected-community framework to create adaptive, data-driven programs and scalable learning technologies that improve early child development, mental health and high school graduation rates.


We’ll be launching new engagement activities every other week. Be sure to subscribe (along the sidebar) to receive updates and notices when new activities have been posted.

Remember to follow us on Twitter: @SmartWatRegion and Instagram: @SmartWatRegion, and to use the hashtag #SmartWR.

Did you know we have a one in five chance of winning $50 million to improve child and youth well-being in Waterloo region? That's right, we've been shortlisted in the Federal Government's Smart Cities Challenge!

This Smart Waterloo Region (SWR) information hub has everything you need to know about our project and how to help us win.

To win, we need to be the best community in Canada for kids! Help us by: spreading the word, sharing your ideas, sharing your tech talents, attending a meeting or recommending a youth with good ideas. We plan to use them. Stay informed by subscribing to SWR updates below. For a bit of background, check out our Project Updates.


Our Focus: Healthy Children and Youth

It’s official, after months of gathering public input, we’ve selected our challenge area: Healthy children and youth!

Our Challenge Statement

Narrowing our focus, our project will address child and youth well-being in Waterloo Region. Our challenge statement sums up our approach:

We will become the benchmark community in Canada for child and youth well-being by using early intervention, youth engagement and a connected-community framework to create adaptive, data-driven programs and scalable learning technologies that improve early child development, mental health and high school graduation rates.


We’ll be launching new engagement activities every other week. Be sure to subscribe (along the sidebar) to receive updates and notices when new activities have been posted.

Remember to follow us on Twitter: @SmartWatRegion and Instagram: @SmartWatRegion, and to use the hashtag #SmartWR.