Coming Up: December 2
What new powers do cities need?
Coming Up: November 25
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What is the future of universities in cities?
Coming Up: November 24
Can COVID-19 push governments to provide adequate housing?
Coming Up: November 10
Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the future of our shared civic places as we cope with and emerge from COVID?
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 1
COVID Signpost 200 Days: How Do We Realize the Right to Home in the Next 100 Days?
Coming Up: September 30
COVID Signpost 200 Days: How Should Our Cities Prepare for Winter?
Coming Up: September 29
COVID Signpost 200 Days: What is the State of Our Cities at Day 200?
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
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
Visualizing Density is a pilot project created by the Canadian Urban Institute to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups, and private sector builders design more complete communities and adapt existing ones over time. This work aims to contribute to the ongoing conversation about managing growth and building great communities in Ontario.
What We Heard
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.