Rural Crime Innovation Challenge

Congratulations to Saskatoon-based technology innovator, Jeff Shirley, who has been selected as the winner of the province’s first Rural Crime Innovation Challenge. 

For the full news release, read more here.





The Application Deadline is Now CLOSED.

Creating Partnerships between Government and Start-up Technology Companies

Calling all start-ups, researchers, entrepreneurs and students!

Innovation Saskatchewan is piloting a program to harness the ideas and expertise of startup technology companies together with government to rapidly solve public sector challenges and create enhanced citizen experiences.

During a 16-week residency period, working side-by-side, government and selected participants will work to develop and launch their solution in the spring of 2018.  If selected, the participants will benefit through:

  • A $10,000 grant to off-set company/team expenses;
  • The full rights to commercialize the solution and sell into the growing government-technology market;
  • The potential for customer validation and the ability to reference the Government of Saskatchewan as a customer;
  • The potential to contract with the Province to continue to support, license, or maintain the solution they created; and,
  • A greater understanding of working with and selling to government entities.

Saskatchewan is looking at creative ways to build partnerships with technology companies based on their skills and ideas, not their size or past experience selling to government.  Saskatchewan is a hot-bed for entrepreneurial ideas and through innovative procurement initiatives like this, Government can be an important customer for technology companies.  

Upon completion of this pilot, Innovation Saskatchewan will evaluate the feasibility of rolling out additional challenge questions from government to the technology community.

Creating Solutions to Rural Crime

Through the Innovation Challenge pilot, we want the best and the brightest to propose their innovative solutions, and if selected, will join us in residence to determine:

“How can technology be used as a solution to improve the safety and security of

rural citizens and rural property?”

Safety = beyond confrontation / removing confrontation

Security = the comfort [for the citizen] of knowing the solution is there


The Ministry of Justice is responsible for promoting adequate and effective policing throughout Saskatchewan; the preservation of peace, prevention for crime, efficiency of police and improvement of police relationships with Saskatchewan communities.

Rural Saskatchewan residents have real and perceived concerns surrounding their personal safety and the security of their property.

Residents have expressed that the combination of slow response times to calls for service and lack of police visibility and presence has caused rural residents, including farmers and their families, to live in fear or protect themselves by taking emergent matters into their own hands.

The Ministry of Justice and Innovation Saskatchewan are looking for technology solutions to prevent and proactively respond to these issues.


Technology companies and researchers with ideas for solving this issue using existing or new technology are invited to submit an Expression of Interest.  Submissions will be evaluated and those selected to proceed further in the evaluation process will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal and present their solution to the evaluation committee.  It is anticipated that the successful applicant will begin working with the Ministry in November 2017.

Information sessions will be held on September 25th in Saskatoon, September 27th online, and September 28th in Regina.  

Click here for times and locations


The call for expressions of interest will be open until October 13, 2017.




For more information, please see: FAQ’sCrime Reduction Report, and Rural Crime Challenge Presentation


Contact Information:

Kristina Rissling Olson