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

Since 1990, we have been working to cultivate solutions for the built environment that balance human, ecological and economic impacts.

We accomplish this by helping the public and private sectors: build capacity for informed, creative decisions; shape public policy; and implement the best community practices.

Through our work, we generate insights and recommendations to inspire action in communities across Canada and internationally. 


Our Impact 

Good Density

Promoting understanding of the attributes of complete communities.

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Smart Planning For Smart Cities

Applying digital technology to empower and connect communities.

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community resilience and sustainability 

Supporting the transition to resilient, low carbon communities.

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housing affordability 

Using new forms of equity , policy and land-use to increase housing affordability.

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communities for all ages

Developing communities inclusive of all ages, abilities, incomes.

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International Collaboration

Shaping the growth of cities around the world.

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Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report


Recent Clients & Partners