Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities are solidly behind the Communities of Tomorrow mission to create a world leading infrastructure innovation hub in our province. Fifteen municipalities have signed MOU’s with CT, committing them to collaborate with other municipalities and various CT partners in developing smarter infrastructure. They are working with us on three fronts:
- Making their facilities available as “living labs”, where new products and services can be field tested and refined with a goal of commercialization.
- Direct investment in the Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund.
- Providing human resources by seconding their staff to create and manage research and development projects with CT.
Municipalities that have made five year commitments to the Municipal Innovation Network MOU are:
- Meadow Lake
- Moose Jaw
- North Battleford
- Prince Albert
- Swift Current
The Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund (LMIF) includes $150,000 direct cash investment from the municipalities, a minimum of $150,000 in-kind investment by municipalities, and a $150,000 cash investment from Communities of Tomorrow, leveraging a total of $450,000 to be used in new applied research projects overseen by a municipal steering committee.The fund is already engaged in five projects that are looking at leading edge best practices and smarter solutions in the areas of: pavement and pothole repair,asphalt recycling,winter road maintenance,innovative uses for wastewater sludge, and snow dump melt water management
Seven municipalities also participated in a long term project to find innovative approaches to replacing residential water service connections, which engaged in prototype field trials in 2011 and will produce its final report in 2012, and could yield savings of up to 40% in replacement costs.
Companies and researchers work with Communities of Tomorrow to develop, improve, and commercialize smart new innovations in infrastructure. CT invests in those activities through its Municipal Infrastructure Innovation Fund(MIIF).The Communities of Tomorrow Municipal Infrastructure Innovation Fund supports the development of innovative infrastructure technologies and solutions that result in economically sustainable, longer lasting, and environmentally friendly products and services. The goal is to move promising technologies and ideas to a market ready product or applied municipal solution.