Bridgewater wins $5 million Smart Cities Challenge

by Keith Corcoran

Some sights and sounds from Tuesday's announcement in Ottawa after Infrastructure Canada announced the Main Street of the South Shore is the winner of the $5 million Smart Cities Challenge. (VIEW VIDEO ACCOMPANYING THIS STORY)

Bridgewater was one of five finalists in the competition's $5 million prize category.

  • <p>INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA/TWITTER</p><p>Bridgewater officials celebrate the Smart Cities win Tuesday.</p>

A proposal for an energy poverty reduction program was submitted earlier this year, which was designed to lift residents out of energy poverty, starting by reducing the energy poverty rate 20 per cent by 2025.

The application focused on affordable, clean, and reliable energy. Information provided by the town indicates about 38 per cent of Bridgewater households are unable to meet their basic energy and transportation needs.

"A combination of old, leaky homes and high energy and transportation costs make it difficult for Bridgewater residents to meet their basic energy needs," the town said in a statement released Tuesday. "The town aims to solve this issue at a community and household level by creating access to affordable energy, and home upgrade programs and by improving access to local transit."

The statement said that more information will be shared including how community members can get involved in the coming weeks.

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