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Scaling Up Affordable Ownership Housing in the GTA
This paper demonstrates what needs to be done to produce ownership housing that is within reach of middle class households, millennials, New Canadians and those working to join the middle class. It argues that it is appropriate and possible for governments to support scaling up affordable ownership housing production – without the need for ongoing financial subsidies.
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 communities over time. We selected 5 very different communities in the GGH and calculated their density in terms of people and jobs per hectare at the neighbourhood and block scale, so that people can understand what the neighbourhood built-form looks like in relation to density targets set out in the Provincial Growth Plan. The visuals and analysis in the 5 case studies also encourage users to look beyond buildings and consider the attributes that work with density to make complete communities.
The Resilient City Outcomes Report
CUI hosted a +PlaceMaker event to discuss the importance of addressing interdependencies in urban resilience planning. This report captures the panels responses to questions about the cross-sectoral approaches that are needed to improve the resilience of the Toronto region and how these can be implemented when resilience planning doesn’t always align with political boundaries.
Building Intelligent Communities with Advanced Streetlighting
This primer provides an introduction to how networked streetlighting employing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be used as an expandable platform for intelligent communities. It is intended to as a resource for building capacity, overcoming barriers and guiding implementation for creating connected smart communities.
The Realized Results of LED Streetlights: Seizing the Opportunity
This document provides information on how light-emitting diode (LED) streetlighting has evolved, specifically in Canada, lessons learned from early adopters and the realized results; it is intended to help accelerate adoption of LEDs with those who have not yet converted.
TOcore Community Services & Facilities Study - Phase One: Taking Stock
The Community Services & Facilities (CS&F) Report, Phase One - Taking Stock is an assessment of community services and facilities in the 16 defined neighbourhoods comprising Toronto’s Downtown. This study engaged key internal and external stakeholders to examine needs and gaps in the community services and facilities sector, including: recreation, child care, libraries, schools, human services and public health. It identifies 13 strategic actions to increase capacity, innovation and collaboration and 27 opportunities to secure new facilities or improvements to existing facilities. A summary table and map of these identified opportunities can be found in Sections 8 and 9 of this report.
Canadian Infrastructure Report Card: Informing the Future
This project results from the shared conviction that assessing the health of municipal infrastructure is necessary if Canada is to ensure that the services, quality of life and economic growth provided by this infrastructure can be sustained over the long term. CUI worked with representatives from 18 professional membership organizations from across Canada to develop the survey and analyze the results to assess the condition of public infrastructure.
City of Toronto – Urban Design Policy Development
The City of Toronto’s Urban Design Policy Development Background Research consisted of five separate research components designed to gather feedback on the current Urban Design Official Plan policies and to solicit ideas on how to strengthen new policies related to public realm, walkability, built form, public spaces, etc. CUI undertook a detailed research and consultation program – including a jurisdictional scan, interviews and discussions with internal and external stakeholders – in order to provide the City with the information required to inform updates to the urban design policies in the Official Plan. The built environment, walkability, safety, accessibility and creating exceptional public realm were key topics of the report.
Quantifying the Value of Canadian Downtowns: A Research Toolkit
This toolkit is a ground-breaking effort to provide a downtown data standard, a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian place management organizations, such as BIAs/BIDs, establish and sustain evaluation and compare progress among downtowns. While this toolkit is geared towards Canadian downtowns, it also is of value for urban districts outside of Canada who are looking to move toward data standardization and data best practices. In the toolkit, organizations will find directions and insights on collecting, organizing, storing, and presenting downtown-specific data to make the case for continued investment and support.
Excess Soil By-Law Tool
CUI developed a tool to provide sample by-law language and advice based on the MOECC guideline Management Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices and consultation with municipalities, construction associations, government, Qualified Persons and NGOs. 18 key issues are addressed that municipalities are facing when managing excess soils at receiving sites through municipal by-laws. Users of the Tool can also access over 70 municipal by-laws and conservation authority regulations from Southern Ontario jurisdiction.
Toronto Ward Boundary Review - Final Report: New Wards for Toronto
Toronto’s current ward structure, developed approximately 15 years ago, has become unbalanced. This impacts voter parity (similar but not identical population numbers among wards) not just at election time, but every time City Council votes. This report presents a recommendation for new wards for Toronto that achieves the principle of effective representation, can be implemented for the 2018 municipal election and will last until the 2030 municipal election.
Vaughan Ward Boundary Review
In April 2016, the City of Vaughan engaged an independent consultant team to carry out a comprehensive ward boundary review. This is in line with a Council approved direction, and the review is to be completed in early 2017 for implementation in the 2018 municipal election. This Options Report presents three options for re-aligning Vaughan’s wards for public discussion.
2015 Canadian Urban Forum: Core Themes & Action Plan
On October 8, 2015, in Toronto, the Canadian Urban Forum convened 125 representatives from the private, public, social enterprise and academic sectors to develop the agenda for achieving INVE$TABLE CITIES. This document summarizes the core themes that came out of the discussions and will be incorporated into an action plan for creating some of the necessary public and private changes in Canada moving forward.
LED Lighting for Parking Facilities
This primer provides a practical guide for parking lighting managers for converting their lighting to light emitting diodes (LEDs). It outlines the reasons to consider converting to LEDs relative to incumbent technologies, the factors to address in a business case, design standards, the importance of an in-house champion, the technical aspects of procurement and commissioning and options for financing, including incentives. The lighting options covered are LED linear tubes and low bay canopy lamps for parking garages and outdoor parking area lighting. The issues related to adaptive controls are also included.
Toronto Ward Boundary Review - Options Report
This report lays out five options to ensure ‘effective representation’ within the ward structure of the City of Toronto. The purpose of presenting the options is to engage Toronto’s public, stakeholders and Members of Council in a discussion of the possibilities for a re-aligned ward system for the 2018 municipal election.
Adaptive Controls for Roadway and Parking Lighting
This primer is designed to introduce lighting managers to the issues relating to integrating adaptive controls into parking and roadway lighting systems in order to reduce energy consumption, while ensuring safety for vehicles and pedestrians. It outlines what adaptive controls do, factors to consider in making an implementation decision, system configurations, functions of the components and examples of existing installations. Although the content has been primarily derived from information applied to roads and streets, the concepts apply equally to parking lots and garages.
Toronto Ward Boundary Review - Round One Report: Civic Engagement & Public Consultation
This document summarizes the results of Round One of the civic engagement and public consultation process of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR). The TWBR is to bring a recommendation to Toronto City Council on a ward boundary configuration that respects the principle of “effective representation”, as defined by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Municipal Board.
Toronto Ward Boundary Review - Background Research Report
As a result of significant growth in the City over the past several years there are some wards that have considerably higher populations, and some lower, than the average ward population. This means that the equity of representative democracy across wards has been compromised. The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards in order to address this inequity and ensure that all Toronto residents are fairly represented at City Council. This report was developed to provide the Toronto Ward Boundary Review consultant team, as well as the general public and city staff and council, with information that will help the team to make informed decisions and recommendations about changes to Toronto’s ward boundaries.
Our Humboldt Culture-Led Strategic Plan
This document provides an overall framework for decision making in the City of Humboldt over the next 5-10 years. It includes a vision, strategies, directions and action areas that will help decision makers prioritize the things that need to be done and decide what strategic investments will deliver value to all residents. It also includes a set of indicators that City staff can use to measure and report on the City’s progress.
Supporting the Big Shift with Age Friendly Development
How will the aging of Canadian society affect our communities: transport, housing, employment, services, institutions? The Canadian Urban Institute surveyed the available research on population aging in relation to transit and searched for relevant case studies on how municipalities are implementing transit-friendly policies and building transit infrastructure. Through a second set of case studies, CUI researchers looked at housing forms designed to appeal to seniors and assessed their potential for supporting transit use.
The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns
This ‘living’ project is the first of its kind – examining 17 downtowns across Canada to assess changes in attitudes, perceptions, functionality and performance over time. This project is envisaged to act as a resource for city builders, compiling evidence-based research that illustrates the importance of investing in downtowns.
2013 Canadian Urban Forum Summary
More than 170 delegates attended the 2013 Canadian Urban Forum to compare experiences and discuss innovative solutions for getting urban infrastructure built at a time when the need far exceeds current budgets. This report comprises: the Forum position paper authored by University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) – revised to reflect input and commentary from the conference; a summary of the discussions; and links to videos and individual presentations.
Global Outdoor Led Trials: Analysis for Lighting Managers
Lighting is undergoing the kind of technological revolution that only occurs once a century. Semiconductor light sources called light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are taking the place of incandescent, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge lamps that have dominated lighting over the last hundred years. This analysis summarizes results from the first comprehensive global outdoor LED trial, called LightSavers.
A Step Towards Sustainable Infrastructure
Infrastructure is vital to our global competitiveness, delivering everyday needs and enabling people, goods and services to move and interact effectively. The purpose of this discussion paper is to provoke thought on the need to identify new models for sustainable infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of generating discussion, an exchange of ideas and the formulation of a meaningful contribution from Canada to the UN Habitat’s World Urban Forum to be held in Medellin, Columbia in 2014.
Rethinking Surface Parking for Pedestrian Friendly Office Development
The automobile has an important role to play in the urban transportation system. As a result, parking is an essential piece of infrastructure in the built environment. Yet, cities are continually challenged to find ways of integrating parking into their fabric that are efficient, compact, attractive and ecologically sensitive. This research aims to not only outline best practice strategies to attract high density parking options that could facilitate office growth, but also provides an overview on how these strategies could be optimally applied in a range of urban contexts (established downtowns, emerging downtowns, office parks and individual developments).
Greater Toronto: Region in Transition
This study tackles the problem of connecting the way people live and work to a new way of planning the Region. In the next 30 years, the GTA is expected to create one million additional jobs, most of which will be housed in buildings that have not yet been built. The quality of life for those one million workers will be dramatically impacted by where those buildings are built and the transit and road improvement decisions we make now. Getting it right is the focus of the solutions presented in this ground breaking work.
Advancing Integrated Community Energy Planning in Ontario - The Primer
This primer is designed to help municipalities understand how they can work within the regulatory framework to plan their communities’ energy future. It provides a rationale for why municipalities play a key role in integrated energy planning in Ontario, how municipalities can get started planning an integrated energy future and how to engage local partners.
Mississauga Living Green Master Plan
The Living Green Master Plan (LGMP) prioritizes Mississauga's policies and programs into actions to meet the environmental objectives of the City's Strategic Plan. It identifies 49 actions for the City and its partners to implement over the next 10 years.
The New Geography of Office Location
This study makes recommendations aimed at facilitating a more competitive environment for GTA office employment across all four submarkets defined in the report, and the development sector that supports it.
Municipal Policy Options Guide for Advanced Outdoor Lighting
This report looks at the use of advanced lighting technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia. All these cities have started to use LEDs in municipal streetlights and traffic lights and three have introduced adaptive technologies for municipal lighting. The report concludes with 14 actions that municipalities can take to promote the use of energy-saving lighting technologies, from using pilot projects to demonstrate the benefits and win public acceptance to developing comprehensive lighting policies that promote greater uptake of the technologies.
Integrated Energy Mapping for Ontario Communities (IEMOC) was a collaborative initiative that set out to analyze the impacts of population and employment growth; land-use and transportation planning decisions; and building and transportation energy efficiency measures on energy consumption for four Ontario municipalities –Guelph, Hamilton, Barrie, and London. This report was prepared to document the energy mapping process that was used on the IEMOC project, to outline challenges encountered during the process, and to provide lessons learned from 3 these challenges so that Ontario communities can repeat and improve the process.
The purpose of this guidebook is to provide municipal staff and other interested parties with a set of indicators that they can use to measure and evaluate the inputs, processes and outcomes of Municipal Cultural Planning (MCP) in their communities. The guidebook provides a menu of over 70 indicators that municipal staff can use to choose what they want to measure in their community.
The Division of Aging and Seniors of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) retained the Canadian Urban Institute to prepare this research report to determine the extent to which the concept of Age Friendly Communities (AFC) complements or is consistent with other mainstream planning concepts such as Smart Growth and Healthy Cities. The goal is to identify ways to help move AFC into the mainstream of planning‐related discourse.
The 200 stakeholders that participated in this study, widely agreed that the District Energy (DE) solution was a sensible, if not essential, element to the future of Canadian energy systems. This research provides insight into future visions for DE, better understanding of the perceived and existing challenges to developing or expanding DE systems and views on the most effective means of overcoming these challenges.
This report assesses the long-term infrastructure requirements for the City of Hamilton, and suggests priorities for investment in infrastructure projects by identifying and analyzing existing and proposed community assets.
In 2009-2010 the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) worked with its partners at Infrastructure Ontario and the City of Hamilton to produce a report titled Building Momentum: Made in Hamilton Infrastructure Solutions. The purpose of the report was to assemble, in a single document, a longterm integrated investment strategy to reinvigorate private investment in the City. This study is a continuation of the Building Momentum work and focuses on determining the potential of the east-west (B-Line) LRT to accelerate development along the corridor and advance the city’s investment strategy.
This report draws from the institutional mapping of Local Economic Development (LED) policies, programs, and services in the Philippines, from an agribusiness and tourism context. The mapping shows the need for local governments to create a
business/entrepreneurship climate that is in support of existing national policies and for business development or retention in their local communities. This is in view of the urgency of LED in alleviating poverty.
On December 8, 2009, a range of midrise development stakeholders met in Mississauga to identify province-wide challenges and work towards solutions. Participants identified a set of strategic directions that governments, communities, architects, developers, and builders could adopt to help accelerate public and institutional acceptance, and improve economic feasibility of midrise projects. In this document, midrise issues and strategic directions are explored though three main foci: challenging assumptions, breaking policy barriers, and building confidence.
The Mississauga Culture Master Plan provides a framework and a longer‐term vision that identifies key opportunities and strategies that the new Culture Division can implement over the next five years to help transform Mississauga into a culturally significant Canadian city. The Plan recommends key actions to build financial stability and increase the organizational capacity of cultural organizations, strengthen cultural infrastructure at the neighbourhood level, strengthen the flow and access to information about cultural resources and activities and leverage public works and private sector development to enhance cultural resources and create artful, livable communities.
Aggregates are explicitly acknowledged as an essential resource in the Provincial Policy Statement of the Province of Ontario not only because of their vital economic importance, but also because southern Ontario contains many high-quality deposits of sand, stone, and gravel. In this report, we review the economic and environmental benefits and costs of aggregate extraction in light of the province’s policy that aggregates should be protected (just like other natural resources in Ontario), and its policy promoting the extraction of sand, stone, and gravel close to where they will eventually be used.
The City of Toronto is currently considering a new Multi‐Residential Apartment Buildings Regulatory Strategy, which consists of 10 policy options. Two of those options involve licensing either apartment owners or apartment units. This report, prepared for the Greater Toronto Apartments Association, provides an evaluation of some of the likely costs and benefits of licensing rental apartments, based on the experiences of other North American cities that have licensing programs, as well as data on housing quality in those cities and comparisons with cities that do not license rental apartments.
Over the past 25 years, the City of Mississauga has become the dominant player in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) office market outside Toronto, having added an average of 1 million sq. ft. (92,900m2 ) of office space a year. The City now contains almost one third of all the office space in the 905 and in the past five years Mississauga has captured almost half (46%) of new office growth in the 905. This study was commissioned by the City to determine how best to build on its competitive advantage as an office location. It recommends a package of fiscally responsible strategies and innovative official plan policies designed to address key challenges.
The focus of this study is the model used by Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation (Options for Homes or OFH) and Home Ownership Alternatives Non-profit Corporation (Home Ownership Alternatives or HOA) to market and build housing units that people of low and moderate income can afford to buy. It examines and evaluates the Options for Homes model (‘Options’ model) in terms of what it offers to individual purchasers and what housing needs and markets it addresses in the context of programs used to provide affordable housing.
There are many wonderful things happening in Toronto, but commercial office development is not one of them. This report, commissioned by the Toronto Office Coalition, which represents the interests of owners and tenants that account for the majority of Class A office space in the City, provides an analysis of the impact that current tax inequities between Toronto and the surrounding 905 have on the competitiveness of offices in Toronto.
The Ontario Food Terminal is a unique asset, not just in the Toronto region, but in Canada. It plays a central role in the food industry, which is one of the major manufacturing sectors in central Ontario, and supports grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and florists in eastern Canada and in some American states. Yet the Terminal is facing challenges. This report was written to explain the importance of the Food Terminal in the local and provincial economy, identify and analyze threats to the Terminal, and suggests ways to ensure the survival and growth of this important resource.
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