Coming Up: October 16
Main Street Action Week: Planning and Urban Design for Pandemic Recovery
Coming Up: October 8
Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the Role of Architecture in the Urban Recovery?
Coming Up: July 9
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How can we leverage the power of design and engagement to make better main streets?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How can we leverage the power of design and engagement to make better main streets? – are Anjuli Solanki, Program Director of The STEPS Initiative; Jason Robbins, Principal Architect at JC Robbins Architecture and 1st Vice President of the RAIC Board; Devin Segal, Director of Landscape Architecture at Fathom Studio; Mitchell Reardon, Experiments, Urban Planning & Design Lead at The Happy City; and Mark Lakeman, Founder of City Repair.
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Role Will Public Space and Public Art Play in the Recovery?
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What are the Impacts on Urban Architecture and Design?
AllAccess – Creating Accessible Public Space
City of Toronto – Urban Design Policy Development
In It Together: Bringing Back Canada’s Main Streets
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
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
A Municipal Comparison of Affordable Housing and Homelessness Delivery: Profiles across 11 Canadian city regions
This technical report provides a scan of the ways eleven Canadian cities and urban regions structure their responses to affordable housing and to homelessness. Selected jurisdictions are Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Peel Region, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and the Halifax Region. This data was collected from public sources and, where possible, verified through interviews during 2021.
Unboxing Uptown: The transformation of a main street from the inside out
Unboxing Uptown is the result of a nine-month research and engagement project completed by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) with the City of Brampton. Research for this project revealed that approaches to creating main streets in the context of new development are nascent and evolving. The City of Brampton has a unique opportunity to learn from and improve on this work.
The Case for the Core
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.