The Summit on the City
The Summit on the City: Recovering Canada’s Downtowns
As we emerge from the most acute global challenge in a generation, Canada’s largest and most economically significant downtowns have been irrevocably changed.
On January 25 and 26 2022, we met with leaders from every sector across Canada to craft integrated, urgent, and practical solutions for downtown recovery.
About The Summit
The Canadian Urban Institute, with partners, hosted The Summit on the City: Recovering Canada’s Downtowns on January 25 and 26, 2022.
Together, with a national network of organizations, initiatives, researchers, city staff, elected leaders, community activists, professional and industry associations, and business and corporate leaders, we brought the best expertise to transform our downtowns into more inclusive, just, and resilient places.
The two-day summit featured public sessions to drive thought leadership on the future of downtowns and working table discussions with leaders across industries and sectors.
The end result: an action plan for downtown recovery that includes federal, provincial, and municipal investment priorities and policy leadership, crucial elements of the new urban agenda for Canada.
Day 1 | Opening: Setting the Stage and Why Downtowns Matter to the Canadian Economy
Day 1 | How Canada's Downtowns Compare With Cities in North America
Day 1 | Digging into the Data: the Impact of COVID-19 on Business Areas and Tourism
Day 1 | Challenges and Opportunities for Anchor Institutions to Rebuild Downtowns: Churches
Day 1 | Challenges and Opportunities for Anchor Institutions to Rebuild Downtowns: Libraries
Day 1 | Policy and Investment Leadership Implications
Day 2 | Day 1 Recap and Political Leadership for Downtown Recovery
Day 2 | Local Government Approaches to Downtown Recovery
Day 2 | Fuelling the Economic Recovery of Canada: the Role of Business to Lead
Day 2 | Everyone’s Responsibility: Canada's Challenge with Street Issues
Day 2 | Downtown Dynamism: Rebuilding Hospitality and Culture
Day 2 | Challenges and Opportunities for Anchor Institutions to Rebuild Downtowns: Post-Secondaries
Day 2 | What Can be Done on the Ground to Recover our Downtowns?
Resources and Presentation Decks
- Avison Young – National Market Update
- Environics Analytics – Digging into the data: The impact of COVID 19 on business areas and tourism
- Na-Me-Res – Indigenous Housing & Homelessness
- Edmonton Downtown Business Association – Action Plan
- City of London – Core Action Plan
- Downtown Yonge BIA – Action Plan
- What can be done on the ground to recover our downtowns?
Sponsors and Partners
The Case for the Core
This report presents three possible scenarios for Canada’s downtowns to provoke a sharp re-thinking, spur dialogue and inspire bold action. The report makes the case for why downtowns matter, and why the experience of COVID-19 presents a profound, radical opportunity to rethink and remake them.
Restore the Core
Restore The Core is focused on supporting the recovery efforts of downtowns all across Canada through research and by engaging with stakeholders and urban leaders across the country to reimagine the future of downtowns.
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Mary W. Rowe
President and CEO