Programs and projects developed with partners to build vibrant, equitable, livable and resilient cities
Leading Canada’s She-covery From the Ground Up
On June 24, 2021, the Canadian Urban Institute and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario held a summit on addressing the post-COVID gender gap in Canada’s cities. Prior to the summit, CUI released a conversation primer, which provided a snapshot of what we know today about gender and COVID in Canada’s cities, based on a survey of more than 180,000 Canadians conducted and provided in-kind by Advanis.
Restore the Core
CUI x Local
Bring Back Main Street
Publications & Tools
Research and tools for action that promote effective urban policies and best practices
Supporting Communities During Major Transit Infrastructure Projects
This report seeks to understand the impacts of significant infrastructure investments on the vitality of local communities. Focusing on Thorncliffe Park as a case study, CUI explores the impacts of Ontario Line construction on the vitality of establishments and identifies the mitigation supports needed to ensure their survival through the multi-year construction process.
The State of Canada’s Cities Report
The first State of Canada’s Cities report, which is now available, was released in Ottawa today at the State of Canada’s Cities Summit at the Shaw Centre encourages us all to be brave and thoughtful in applying what we learned through COVID-19. We need to quickly adopt and formalize what worked well. We also need to set aside old approaches that have not generated the anticipated benefits, despite our best intentions. Finally, it is imperative that we challenge ourselves to take the bold steps Canada needs to maximize every possibility that urban life promises.
OVERDUE: The Case for Canada’s Public Libraries
OVERDUE: The Case for Canada’s Public Libraries is the product of three years of CUI’s engagement with Canada’s urban public libraries through the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, issued by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) details the significance of public libraries for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery, competitiveness, and resilience.
Halifax Evolves features the key learnings from CUI x Halifax and profiles the contributions of people, organizations, and projects working to generate economic activity, support cultural inclusivity, and boost social connectivity in the Halifax Region. CUI worked in collaboration with Build Nova Scotia, Halifax Partnership and Halifax Public Libraries along with dozens of local organizations and leaders to highlight the city’s and region’s aspirations for a vibrant future.
Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
MaaS is an integrated platform for transportation services combining multiple modes on one easy-to-use navigation and payment app. CUI and AECOM’s joint report examines the MaaS concept and outlines a framework for achieving acceptance and implementation in the Greater Toronto Area for the purpose of supporting better mobility access.
The Case for Conversions
Briefs and videos featuring original insight, analysis, and stories about what’s working, what’s not and what’s next for urban Canada
Mind the Gap: The Post-COVID Gender Gap in Canada’s Cities
This report highlights how the gender gap has widened in Canada’s cities over the past year, drawing on a combination of labour force data and a survey of more than 200,000 Canadians during the pandemic. With an intersectional lens, the report highlights dimensions of the gender gap which should be prioritized by policy and decision makers alike.
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.