Since COVID-19 hit Canada, life in our cities has fundamentally changed. People have physically distanced from one another, staying home from work, school and play. Families and colleagues have stopped gathering, connecting instead by video and phone. Businesses have closed, or dramatically shifted operations. Public services have been altered or discontinued, and demand for new forms of public support has exploded. The way we move through our cities has experienced the most significant change since the introduction of the automobile.
Indeed, COVID-19 is the global crisis of our generation and has introduced great uncertainty in Canada’s cities. It is like a particle accelerator, sparking innovation at an uncharted pace while also deepening existing fault lines and inequities.
With our many partners, CUI is committed to producing COVID Signpost reports every 100 days during this pandemic, until whatever time they are no longer relevant. These signposts offer important directions for urban Canada about the lingering challenges we must face as a nation.