Winnipeg to host smart cities exhibition during 2023 World Police and Fire Games
The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) are coming to Winnipeg. In the summer of 2023, this Olympic-style competition will bring together over 10,000 athletes representing law enforcement officers and firefighters from more than 70 countries to compete in a number of sporting events, ranging from archery to wrestling.
Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Status of Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, has announced an investment of $2 million to help promote innovation and economic growth in Manitoba, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).
Through this investment, the WPFG 2023 Host Society will host a smart cities technology exhibition on emergency services. It will bring police, fire and civic leaders, as well as experts, industry representatives, and businesses together to discuss how digital technologies and data sharing can enhance the quality of emergency services and cost reduction. The Host Society says it will also develop partnerships with local technology companies to demonstrate smart city technologies for law enforcement software and records management.
Over 25,000 people are expected to attend the Games, making it one of the largest sporting events ever hosted in Winnipeg, according to the government.
“The World Police and Fire Games are an important occasion to bring together the amazing individuals who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. I am very much looking forward to seeing Winnipeg host the Games in 2023, and to welcoming the firefighters and police officers from around the world to this world-class city,” Bains said. “Through this investment announced, not only will the Games be a tremendous celebration of all that police and firefighters do for us, it will also help foster innovation and promote new digital, smart cities technologies to better protect our communities and create opportunities for small businesses right here in Winnipeg.”