CUI is Canada’s
Urban Institute.

We are the national platform that houses the best in Canadian city building – where policymakers, urban professionals, civic and business leaders, community activists and academics can learn, share and collaborate with one another from coast to coast to coast. 

Through research, engagement and storytelling, our mission is to ensure Canada builds vibrant, equitable, livable and resilient cities. (Registered charity #121844419 RR000)

What We Do

By creating programs, forums and initiatives that link city builders to the most effective solutions and ideas from across Canada. 

By developing powerful research and tools for action that promote effective policies and best practices in urban development.

By telling stories that reflect Canada’s diverse urban reality and that support bold policy leadership, public and private investment and on-the-ground decision-making. 


All of our work is made possible by partners and funders across Canada. Together, we are building connective tissue across the country to connect and amplify the diverse voices of urban Canada, in service of our shared value that urbanism is for everyone, and urbanism must include everyone.

Donors & Program Funders
Maytree, The TD Ready Commitment, McConnell Foundation, Business Improvement Areas, Districts and Zones across Canada, Economic development organizations across Canada, Vancity, and Vancity Community Investment Bank

Advanis / The Bentway / Bloor-Yorkville BIA / Canadian Business Resilience Network / Canadian Chamber of Commerce / Canadian Federation of Independent Business / Canadian Institute of Planners / Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners / The City Institute at York University / City of Edmonton / City of Toronto / Downtown Halifax / Downtown Yonge BIA / Federation of Canadian Municipalities / Toronto Financial District BIA / First Policy Response / Global Resilient Cities Network / Goethe-Institut / ICLEI Canada / Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance / Institute on Public Administration of Canada / International Downtown Association Canada / Jay Pitter / Maximum City / McConnell Foundation / Municipal World / National Preservation Council / National Trust for Canada / Ontario Chamber of Commerce / Public Sector Digest / Regina Downtown BID / Retail Council of Canada / Royal Architecture Institute of Canada / Rues principales / Ryerson University City Building Institute / Save Canadian Small Business / Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue / The Shift / Smart Prosperity Institute / St. Lawrence Market BIA / StrategyCorp / Toronto Entertainment District BIA / The Waterfront BIA / Trinity Centres Foundation / Taiji Brand Group / Tamarack / Urban Land Institute / University of Calgary School of Public Policy / University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute / University of Toronto School of Cities / University of Western Ontario Local Government Program / University of Windsor Centre for Cities / Vancity / Vancity Community Investment Bank / WSP / Youthful Cities