Massey Cities Summit 2021
Join us from April 6-8 as we reimagine the municipal role in Canadian federalism, while also acknowledging the constitutional rights of First Nations. Organised by Massey College and the Canadian Urban Institute (with much appreciated support from the Maytree Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), all are welcome to attend the Summit.
Launch: Engaging Black People and Power
Presented in partnership with York University and Jay Pitter Placemaking, join Jay Pitter, award-winning Placemaker and Author; Anthony Taylor, Minneapolis-based Metropolitan Parks and Open Space commissioner and cycling advocate; and Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Department commissioner and award-winning urban planner. The event will also feature opening remarks from Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament and a musical interlude from Sam Carter-Shamai, Toronto-based urban planner and music enthusiast.
From the Ground Up: How is COVID-19 Driving Community Leadership in Urban Canada?
Join Abhilash Kantamneni from Local Insights, Leigh Stickle from Aryze Developments, Mansib Rahman from Radish, Christy Morin from Arts on the Ave, and CUI’s Kate Graham, as they explore examples of community innovation and leadership throughout the past year.
Why Downtowns and Central Business Districts Matter
The Future of Downtowns and Central Business Districts around the world
Provocations on the Future of Downtowns: what’s possible?
Understanding the New Excess Soil Regulation – Get the Dirt on Updating Bylaws
Digital Solutions 101: Community digital solutions ideas to support people during a pandemic
How to Write a Successful Funding Application: Tips for First Time Applicants
Mobility 101: Simple Ideas To Improve The Ways We Get Places During a Pandemic
Programs and projects developed with partners to build vibrant, equitable, livable and resilient cities
Restore the Core
CUI x Local
CUI x Local is a series of week-long virtual residencies to learn about local issues facing cities and connect the dots across urban Canada. We’ll be listening to and learning from local stakeholders on their most pressing challenges and surfacing examples of innovative and locally-driven solutions.
Bring Back Main Street
Publications & Tools
Research and tools for action that promote effective urban policies and best practices
Engaging Black People and Power
COVID Signpost: 365 Days
COVID Signpost: 300 Days
Town of Halton Hills Climate Adaptation Plan
In It Together: Bringing Back Canada’s Main Streets
A new report from the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) with partners across the country urgently shines a light on the impacts of COVID-19 on main streets in Canada, and offers dozens of actions for governments, business and community leaders to strengthen local economies, neighborhoods and communities.
Main Street Design Challenge Playbook
The Design Challenge Playbook reflects the importance of design in revitalizing our streets and showcases creative and practical interventions to help us build back better than ever.The designs come from architects and students, planners and placemakers, community animators and artists. They range widely, from the highly prescriptive to the more conceptual. In some cases, they serve as blueprints; in other cases, they provide inspiration, with key details to be locally crafted.
Briefs and videos featuring original insight, analysis, and stories about what’s working, what’s not and what’s next for urban Canada
Planning and Urban Design to Bring Back Main Street
Operational Trends and Potential Actions for Main Street Retail Recovery
This solution brief, from J.C. Williams Group, focuses on the role that local business organizations can take to help ensure that main streets remain lively areas of commerce. It presents an analysis of the trends and challenges experienced by retailers and suggests a series of potential actions for supporting the reopening, recovery, and renewal of main street commercial areas.
Supporting Main Street Recovery Through Small-Business-Friendly Policy
This solution brief from, 360 Collective, focuses on the role governments can play in supporting main street retail business sustainability and driving recovery. It presents an analysis of the key requirements of business success and suggests retail policy solutions in 5 areas.