How might we understand the day-to-day challenges of Fredericton’s older residents in order to better serve them?
We set out to understand the day-to-day challenges of Fredericton’s older residents in order for the City to better serve them. Despite the differences between the individuals we spoke with, there are strong threads that connect them to their identities as older adults, residents of Fredericton, and the intersection of the two.
Out of Fredericton’s total population of 58,220, there are 17,800 individuals aged 55 and up.
Smart Cities Challenge
The City of Fredericton and Saint Mary’s First Nation are jointly a finalist in the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge. They are further developing their final proposal, with the help of a $250,000 grant from Infrastructure Canada, competing nationally for a $10 million prize to use data and technology to improve quality of life for residents.
The Smart Cities Challenge Team members – which include more than 40 people from more than 20 organizations in the community – have been working diligently to collaboratively design and move forward five pilot projects that are the foundation of the proposal.