Promoting understanding of the attributes of complete communities.

 

Sustained population growth over the next 15 years combined with provincial land use plans means that 12 million people will move to the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) and need to live and work in the same land area currently occupied by 9 million people. More people in the same space means we have to live at a greater density.

Higher densities don't have to mean overcrowding and congestion. Intensification can happen in a subtle, incremental way through buildings that “fit” into the existing community. Good design and appropriate zoning can introduce density that is not intrusive.

However, increased density alone does not make a great neighbourhood. There are attributes of complete communities which work with density, to create vibrant, inclusive, desirable places for people to live and work.  

Through our work, we identify and promote an understanding of these attributes to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups and private sector builders design more complete communities and adapt existing communities over time. 


Tools & Resources

 
   TELLING THE STORY OF CANADIAN DOWNTOWNS WEBSITE    This is a nation-wide initiative to recognize and celebrate Canadian downtowns as vibrant, welcoming and diverse places that make our communities, cities and country thrive. We visited five Canadian cities and worked with local BIAs and other partners to gather stories from people of all ages and backgrounds. The stories were incorporated into a video and interactive website facilitating a nation-wide conversation.  Launched 2017

TELLING THE STORY OF CANADIAN DOWNTOWNS WEBSITE

This is a nation-wide initiative to recognize and celebrate Canadian downtowns as vibrant, welcoming and diverse places that make our communities, cities and country thrive. We visited five Canadian cities and worked with local BIAs and other partners to gather stories from people of all ages and backgrounds. The stories were incorporated into a video and interactive website facilitating a nation-wide conversation.

Launched 2017

   VISUALIZING DENSITY WEBSITE    Visualizing Density is a pilot project created to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups and private sector builders better understand density in the context of the growth in their own communities. We want this website and report to be a contribution to the ongoing conversation about managing growth and building great communities in Ontario.  Launched 2017

VISUALIZING DENSITY WEBSITE

Visualizing Density is a pilot project created to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups and private sector builders better understand density in the context of the growth in their own communities. We want this website and report to be a contribution to the ongoing conversation about managing growth and building great communities in Ontario.

Launched 2017

   MID-RISE DATABASE    This tool was developed to explore spatial patterns and information about mid-rise developments in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  Launched 2016

MID-RISE DATABASE

This tool was developed to explore spatial patterns and information about mid-rise developments in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Launched 2016

 
   DOWNTOWNS 360˚    This is a collaborative approach to building support and momentum for downtown revitalization. Its methodology helps downtowns across Canada demonstrate return on investment and increase support from funders and decision-makers.  Launched 2016

DOWNTOWNS 360˚

This is a collaborative approach to building support and momentum for downtown revitalization. Its methodology helps downtowns across Canada demonstrate return on investment and increase support from funders and decision-makers.

Launched 2016

 
 

Publications

 
   WHAT IS THE MISSING MIDDLE?    The term “missing middle” is increasingly used to describe one of many solutions to our pressing housing challenges. But what exactly does the missing middle mean in the Toronto context? This brief, produced by Evergreen and the Canadian Urban Institute, brings clarity to the concept of the missing middle, lays out how it might be able to address specific housing challenges, and identifies areas to explore solutions for increasing the supply of missing middle housing in Toronto.  Published 2018

WHAT IS THE MISSING MIDDLE?

The term “missing middle” is increasingly used to describe one of many solutions to our pressing housing challenges. But what exactly does the missing middle mean in the Toronto context? This brief, produced by Evergreen and the Canadian Urban Institute, brings clarity to the concept of the missing middle, lays out how it might be able to address specific housing challenges, and identifies areas to explore solutions for increasing the supply of missing middle housing in Toronto.

Published 2018

   WESTON TAP 2.0    The ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) is a high-profile industry program that brings together the finest expertise in the real estate, planning and development fields to collaborate on complex land use and redevelopment projects. Weston TAP 2.0 was organized by ULI Toronto with the aim of exploring the evolution and potential of the Weston neighbourhood and developing a vision for its retail environment. This report includes a series of ideas and recommendations for Weston around four main themes: retail, public realm, infrastructure and programming.  Published 2018

WESTON TAP 2.0

The ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) is a high-profile industry program that brings together the finest expertise in the real estate, planning and development fields to collaborate on complex land use and redevelopment projects. Weston TAP 2.0 was organized by ULI Toronto with the aim of exploring the evolution and potential of the Weston neighbourhood and developing a vision for its retail environment. This report includes a series of ideas and recommendations for Weston around four main themes: retail, public realm, infrastructure and programming.

Published 2018

   VISUALIZING DENSITY AND THE DRIVERS OF COMPLETE COMMUNITIES    This research identifies and promotes an understanding of the attributes of complete communities which work with density, to create vibrant, inclusive, desirable places for people to live and work. This paper was produced as part of Evergreen's 2018 Mid-Sized Cities Research Series and summarizes the methodology and key findings from Visualizing Density ( www.visualizingdensity.ca ).  Published 2018

VISUALIZING DENSITY AND THE DRIVERS OF COMPLETE COMMUNITIES

This research identifies and promotes an understanding of the attributes of complete communities which work with density, to create vibrant, inclusive, desirable places for people to live and work. This paper was produced as part of Evergreen's 2018 Mid-Sized Cities Research Series and summarizes the methodology and key findings from Visualizing Density (www.visualizingdensity.ca).

Published 2018

 
   LANEWAYS AS BIKEWAYS OPPORTUNITIES REPORT    Laneways as Bikeways was created to understand whether laneways could be used as alternatives to bike lanes in Toronto. The project included research and consultation with cyclists, non-cyclists and stakeholders to assess whether laneways could be used safely by cyclists to move around the city. This report presents the key findings and outlines the potential roles that laneways can play in Toronto’s cycling network.  Published 2018

LANEWAYS AS BIKEWAYS OPPORTUNITIES REPORT

Laneways as Bikeways was created to understand whether laneways could be used as alternatives to bike lanes in Toronto. The project included research and consultation with cyclists, non-cyclists and stakeholders to assess whether laneways could be used safely by cyclists to move around the city. This report presents the key findings and outlines the potential roles that laneways can play in Toronto’s cycling network.

Published 2018

   TOCORE     DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY & FACILITIES SERVICES STRATEGY    CUI and its team completed the first area-wide Downtown Community Services and Facilities Strategy (CS&F) in 45 years as part of Toronto Planning’s TOcore initiative. The CS&F Strategy supports the implementation of the new Downtown Plan by informing the Complete Community Assessment and other requirements as part of the Planning Rationale for development applications. It identifies growth related community space and facility needs and priorities to support infrastructure investment in child care centres, libraries, schools, recreation facilities and human services.  Published 2018

TOCORE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY & FACILITIES SERVICES STRATEGY

CUI and its team completed the first area-wide Downtown Community Services and Facilities Strategy (CS&F) in 45 years as part of Toronto Planning’s TOcore initiative. The CS&F Strategy supports the implementation of the new Downtown Plan by informing the Complete Community Assessment and other requirements as part of the Planning Rationale for development applications. It identifies growth related community space and facility needs and priorities to support infrastructure investment in child care centres, libraries, schools, recreation facilities and human services.

Published 2018

   DOWNTOWN MONCTON EVALUATION    CUI worked with the City of Moncton Economic Development Department and the Downtown BIA to evaluate the impact of the downtown on the City. CUI converted available data into maps, graphs and infographics to tell the story of how investing in the downtown impacts the overall success of the City. It is helping the City of Moncton and its partners to measure the value of its past initiatives and make strategic decisions about future investments.  Published 2017

DOWNTOWN MONCTON EVALUATION

CUI worked with the City of Moncton Economic Development Department and the Downtown BIA to evaluate the impact of the downtown on the City. CUI converted available data into maps, graphs and infographics to tell the story of how investing in the downtown impacts the overall success of the City. It is helping the City of Moncton and its partners to measure the value of its past initiatives and make strategic decisions about future investments.

Published 2017

 
   VISUALIZING DENSITY REPORT    CUI 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. Our methodology is easily replicated and can be used by municipalities, university courses, or volunteers to undertake additional case studies.  Published 2017

VISUALIZING DENSITY REPORT

CUI 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. Our methodology is easily replicated and can be used by municipalities, university courses, or volunteers to undertake additional case studies.

Published 2017

   TOCORE COMMUNITY SERVICES & FACILITIES STUDY - PHASE ONE: TAKING STOCK    This is an assessment of community services and facilities in the 16 defined neighbourhoods comprising Toronto’s Downtown. The 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.  Published 2016

TOCORE COMMUNITY SERVICES & FACILITIES STUDY - PHASE ONE: TAKING STOCK

This is an assessment of community services and facilities in the 16 defined neighbourhoods comprising Toronto’s Downtown. The 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.

Published 2016

   CITY OF TORONTO – URBAN DESIGN POLICY DEVELOPMENT    We 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.  Published 2016

CITY OF TORONTO – URBAN DESIGN POLICY DEVELOPMENT

We 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.

Published 2016

 
   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.  Published 2016

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.

Published 2016

   TORONTO WARD BOUNDARY REVIEW    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. The TWBR brought forward 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. Learn more at:  drawthelines.ca    BACKGROUND RESEARCH REPORT    CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & PUBLIC CONSULTATION REPORT    OPTIONS REPORT    FINAL REPORT   Published 2015-2016

TORONTO WARD BOUNDARY REVIEW

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. The TWBR brought forward 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. Learn more at: drawthelines.ca

BACKGROUND RESEARCH REPORT

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & PUBLIC CONSULTATION REPORT

OPTIONS REPORT

FINAL REPORT

Published 2015-2016

   2015 CANADIAN URBAN FORUM: CORE THEMES & ACTION PLAN    We 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.  Published 2015

2015 CANADIAN URBAN FORUM: CORE THEMES & ACTION PLAN

We 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.

Published 2015

 
   VAUGHAN WARD BOUNDARY REVIEW    This Options Report presents three options for re-aligning Vaughan’s wards for public discussion. We were engaged, along with and independent team of consultants, by the City of Vaughan to carry out a comprehensive ward boundary review.   OPTIONS REPORT   WARD ALIGNMENT REPORT   FINAL REPORT   Published 2016

VAUGHAN WARD BOUNDARY REVIEW

This Options Report presents three options for re-aligning Vaughan’s wards for public discussion. We were engaged, along with and independent team of consultants, by the City of Vaughan to carry out a comprehensive ward boundary review.

OPTIONS REPORT
WARD ALIGNMENT REPORT
FINAL REPORT

Published 2016

   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.

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.

   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.  Published 2013

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.

Published 2013

 
   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.  Published 2013

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.

Published 2013

   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.  Published 2013

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.

Published 2013

   RETHINKING SURFACE PARKING FOR PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY OFFICE DEVELOPMENT    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.  Published 2013

RETHINKING SURFACE PARKING FOR PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

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.

Published 2013

 
  LONDON CULTURAL PROFILE REPORT   CUI led a consultant team consisting of Sierra Planning and Management and Novita Interpares to help the City of London develop a cultural resource database and mapping capability, provide a calculation of the economic impact of culture in the city and an assessment London’s cultural facilities infrastructure.  Published 2013

LONDON CULTURAL PROFILE REPORT

CUI led a consultant team consisting of Sierra Planning and Management and Novita Interpares to help the City of London develop a cultural resource database and mapping capability, provide a calculation of the economic impact of culture in the city and an assessment London’s cultural facilities infrastructure.

Published 2013

   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.  Published 2011

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.

Published 2011

  MUNICIPAL CULTURAL PLANNING INDICATORS & PERFORMANCE MEASURES GUIDEBOOK   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.  Published 2011

MUNICIPAL CULTURAL PLANNING INDICATORS & PERFORMANCE MEASURES GUIDEBOOK

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.

Published 2011

 
   HAMILTON B-LINE: VALE PLANNING, UPLIFT AND CAPTURE STUDY    The purpose of the report was to assemble a long-term integrated investment strategy to reinvigorate private investment in the City of Hamilton. 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.  Published 2010

HAMILTON B-LINE: VALE PLANNING, UPLIFT AND CAPTURE STUDY

The purpose of the report was to assemble a long-term integrated investment strategy to reinvigorate private investment in the City of Hamilton. 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.

Published 2010

   BUILDING MOMENTUM: MADE IN HAMILTON INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS    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.  Published 2010

BUILDING MOMENTUM: MADE IN HAMILTON INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS

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.

Published 2010

   MID-RISE SYMPOSIUM SUMMARY: BREAKING BARRIERS, BUILDING CONFIDENCE: MAKING MID-RISE WORK IN ONTARIO    We convened a range of midrise development stakeholders in Mississauga to identify province-wide challenges and work towards solutions. Participants identified a set of strategic directions that could be adopted 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.  Published 2009

MID-RISE SYMPOSIUM SUMMARY: BREAKING BARRIERS, BUILDING CONFIDENCE: MAKING MID-RISE WORK IN ONTARIO

We convened a range of midrise development stakeholders in Mississauga to identify province-wide challenges and work towards solutions. Participants identified a set of strategic directions that could be adopted 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.

Published 2009

   BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: UNDERSTANDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF ONTARIO'S BUILT FUTURE    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.  Published 2009

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: UNDERSTANDING THE FOUNDATIONS OF ONTARIO'S BUILT FUTURE

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.

Published 2009

   MISSISSAUGA CULTURE MASTER PLAN    CUI developed the Mississauga Culture Master Plan to provide 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.  Published 2009

MISSISSAUGA CULTURE MASTER PLAN

CUI developed the Mississauga Culture Master Plan to provide 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.

Published 2009

   APARTMENT LICENSING IN TORONTO: A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM?    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.  Published 2008

APARTMENT LICENSING IN TORONTO: A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM?

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.

Published 2008

 
   MISSISSAUGA OFFICE STRATEGY STUDY    This study was commissioned by the City of Mississauga 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.  Published 2007

MISSISSAUGA OFFICE STRATEGY STUDY

This study was commissioned by the City of Mississauga 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.

Published 2007

  BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS IN THE GTA: WHY TORONTO IS LOSING GROUND   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.  Published 2005

BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS IN THE GTA: WHY TORONTO IS LOSING GROUND

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.

Published 2005

   THE ONTARIO FOOD TERMINAL: A UNIQUE ASSET IN THE CENTRAL ONTARIO ECONOMY    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.  Published 2004

THE ONTARIO FOOD TERMINAL: A UNIQUE ASSET IN THE CENTRAL ONTARIO ECONOMY

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.

Published 2004


Contact

For more information about our Good Density work,
contact Alexandra McDonough: amcdonough (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-0816 x 226