Three of Canada’s cities viz., Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary figure among the top 10 smart cities of the world. Highlighting this fact Canadian Minister for International Trade Ed Fast said that his country is keen to partner with India in an appropriate manner in building smart cities.

Canada has strongly pitched in with the offer of its wood based high density house construction technology to enable India meet its ‘Housing for All by 2022’ target.

The Canadian Minister made detailed queries about the new initiatives in urban sector including building of 100 Smart Cities, Housing for All and infrastructure development in urban areas of the country. He sought to know the clear timelines for execution of these schemes and specific areas requiring technologies and investments.

Minister for Housing Venkaiah Naidu gave a detailed account of various initiatives and suggested cooperation in respect of affordable housing, waste water recycling, sanitation and public transport infrastructure in urban areas and building smart cities.MoS Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh flanked by the Canadian Minister for International Trade, Ed Fast and Canadian Minister for National Revenue Kerry Findlay speaking to the media

Shri Ed Fast elaborated on Canada’s expertise in wood based housing technology that enables multi-story construction that India can consider to meet its ambitious housing targets. He said, life span of such houses is about 60 years and is amenable for renewal. He also offered technology for waste water recycling.

The visiting minister noted that Canada is impressed by the new found sense of purpose and vigor in India under the leadership of Prime Minister  Narendra Modi and his country is keen to cooperate with New Delhi in all possible ways.

India and Canada also agreed on a joint venture to enable building up of ‘Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure’ and ‘Integrated Water Management’.