TimelapseTO is an initiative created by Canadian Urban Institute and Maximum City to engage youth in discussions about the changes happening in their community.  


5 Timelapse workshops are being held across the city in 2017.  The workshops use large-scale maps and colourful, tactile materials to give youth the opportunity to imagine, design and discuss their future of their neighbourhood. The next round of workshops are taking place in September 2017. 

CUI is currently recruiting a few new YU Ambassadors to be a part of TimelapseTO. Ambassadors will receive civic Leadership Training Workshop and help to prepare for and deliver the TimelapseTO workshops.  It’s a great opportunity for youth to build civic leadership skills, meet new people and grow their networks. Applications are now closed.  We had to close the application process early due to an overwhelming response to our call for Ambassadors.  Please contact acancelli@canurb.org if you have any questions.

Check out last year's video for an example of what the activity looks like:



3 Ways to Get Involved

Community Partner

We are looking for local partners, such as schools, youth groups, and community centres to co-host TimelapseTO.  Get in touch to see about bringing TimelapseTO to your neighbourhood this year.

YU Ambassador

Project YU is currently seeking a few new ambassadors (ages 18-24) to help deliver TimelapseTO workshops in neighbourhoods across the City. Ambassadors will also receive leadership training, participate in activities with urban professionals, help to facilitate, as well as create blog posts & photo essays for projectyu.ca. Details here

Youth Participant

Youth of all ages are invited to attend  TimelapseTO events. Stay tuned for details about when and where TimelapseTO is coming to your neighbourhood and come out to build the city you want to see in the future.

The TimelapseTO Team

Maximum City

... works with schools, communities, and governments to learn and live in better cities. We offer public consultation and engagement, facilitation, and teaching and learning. We specialize in the use of creative methods to engage populations not usually reached by policy, design, and development processes, with a particular focus on youth. Our summer citybuilding programs have operated at UTS since 2011.

Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) 

...was established in Toronto in 1990 as Canada’s applied urban policy institute. Our mandate is to build wisdom and inspire leadership for healthy urban development. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, CUI acts with integrity, impartiality and a commitment to achieving positive change.


Project YU

... is an initiative focused on helping youth in the Greater Toronto Area to become more active, engaged and knowledgeable about the urban environment.  The project is fueled by the Canadian urban Institute, while youth ambassadors are the leaders and drivers of this project.




TimelapseTO was created by the Canadian Urban Institute and Maximum City and funded by the Ontario150 Partnership Program.



For more information contact Ariana Cancelli: acancelli@canurb.org