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

Aboriginal Housing and Mortgage Association / Advanis / Architecture & Design Film Festival / BC Non-Profit Housing Association / The Bentway / Big Wheel Community Foundation / Black Business and Professional Association / Bloor-Yorkville BIA / Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation / Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council / Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness / Canadian Business Resilience Network / Canadian Chamber of Commerce / Canadian Federation of Independent Business / Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce / Canadian Housing and Renewal Association / Canadian Human Rights Commission / Canadian Institute of Planners / Canadian Observatory on Homelessness / Canadian Society of Landscape Architects / Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners / Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation / The City Institute at York University / City of Calgary / City of Edmonton / City of Halifax / City of Montreal / City of Ottawa / City of Toronto / City of Vancouver / City of Victoria / Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada / Council for Canadian Urbanism / Downtown Halifax / Downtown Yonge BIA / Federation of Canadian Municipalities / First Policy Response / Global Resilient Cities Network / Goethe-Institut / ICLEI Canada / ICOMOS Canada / Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance / Institute of Public Administration of Canada / International Downtown Association Canada / Jay Pitter / LOCO BC / Maximum City / Maytree / McConnell Foundation / Municipal World / National Preservation Council / National Trust for Canada / Ontario Business Improvement Area Association / Ontario Chamber of Commerce / OCAD University / Public Sector Digest / Regina Downtown BID / Retail Council of Canada / Royal Architecture Institute of Canada / Rues principales / Ryerson University City Building Institute / Sali Tabacchi / Save Canadian Small Business / Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue / The Shift / Smart Prosperity Institute / St. Lawrence Market BIA / STEPS / StrategyCorp / Taiji Brand Group / Tamarack / TD Ready Commitment / The Waterfront BIA / Toronto Entertainment District BIA / Toronto Financial District BIA / Trinity Centres Foundation / UDI Victoria / 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 / and many more…