The Canadian Urban Institute is a non-profit applied research organization dedicated to achieving healthy urban development.


MANDATE: We help the public and private sectors: build capacity for informed, creative decisions; shape public policy; and implement the best community practices.

METHOD: We apply knowledge developed over nearly three decades of experience in Canada and internationally. We visualize data and organize information to understand relationships. We generate insights and recommendations to inspire action. 

FOCUS: Our focus is on solutions for the built environment that balance human, ecological and economic impacts.



Resilient Toronto Series with the CRo - part 1

We are holding a three-part event series with the City of Toronto to  inform and involve city builders in a conversation about the development of Toronto‚Äôs new Resilience Strategy. 

scaling up affordable ownership housing

We released a new paper that demonstrated what needs to be done to produce ownership housing that is within reach of middle class households in the GTA.

Visualizing DENSITY

We created this pilot project to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents' groups and private sector builders design more more complete communities and adapt existing ones over time.


2 lsnetwork primers

LSNetwork released these publications that explore the realized benefits of LED Streetlights and the opportunity for intelligent communities.

Waterfront Toronto

We are proud to be working with Waterfront Toronto to develop a new resiliency and innovation framework. 

Timelapse TO

We are holding 5 workshops across Toronto that invite youth of all ages to imagine, design and discuss the future of their neighbourhoods.