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?
Coming Up: November 4
Cities in the time of COVID-19: Why do local governments matter now more than ever?
Coming Up: October 30
Saving Downtowns: How do we #RestoreTheCore?
Coming Up: October 28
Cities in the time of COVID-19: How have visit patterns changed on main streets?
Coming Up: October 16
Main Street Action Week: Planning and Urban Design for Pandemic Recovery
Coming Up: October 15
Main Street Action Week: Rapid Placemaking for Main Streets
Coming Up: October 14
Main Street Action Week: Small Business-Friendly Policy for Main Streets
Coming Up: October 13
Main Street Action Week: Operational Trends and Actions for Retail Recovery
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
Calgary Transforms summarizes what Calgarians told us is happening in their city today. We heard diverse perspectives on what it’s like to live there, what people are concerned about, how they view the city and its organizations and how many are coping with and driving positive change. People from the arts, academia, business and industry, community agencies and many other sectors told us what they see as their successes, where they think needs more work and what their hopes are for a post-pandemic future.
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.