Canada: Frontrunner of Urban SDGs

Canada Frontrunner of Urban SDGs


Canada: Frontrunner of Urban SDGs (CFU SDGs) envisions a comprehensive approach under which all sectors of Canadian society come together, opening the door for all citizens and stakeholders to play an active role in achieving a more sustainable future for generations to come.

The Frontrunner program will build on existing initiatives and also identify, design, and implement new programs, policies, and financial solutions to address our significant urban challenges: affordability, accessibility, energy, transportation, income inequality, inclusion, and resilience.  The program will establish local, national, and global collaborations, sharing lessons learned from around the world.  Under the Pavilion’s leadership, pilot projects will be implemented across Canada, all of which can be leveraged to encourage and facilitate foreign direct investment in Canada.

The Frontrunner Program will bring the world to Canada, with new jobs created across the country in future facing industries that focus on Canada’s leadership in sustainability. New ‘Made in Canada’ investment opportunities will prioritize sustainability, offering economic and social outcomes for ideas and practical solutions founded in inclusiveness and economic and social prosperity for all. Canada will have strengthened their international political leadership and support United Nations in achieving their mandate through the Frontrunner program.

Building on Canada’s example, this program will become a model for other countries to follow in achieving the urban SDGs. Canada will lead and guide national governments toward more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable societies.

Focus Areas

Although the CFU SDGs initiative operates at the national and global levels, the program is nimble to address critical local subject areas. Housing and the urban SDGs will be the initial focus to further support the development and implementation of the Frontrunner model which will later be scaled to other countries. This provides an opportunity to align with Canada’s National Housing Strategy while also focusing on a key urban challenge through a more focused approach.

Global Leadership

Emphasis Canada’s global leadership on addressing sustainability and urban and climate change challenges and strengthen Canada’s role in the world.

Investment and Financial Opportunities

 Bring more foreign direct investment and financial opportunities to develop global pilot and practical projects in cities and communities across Canada with an emphasis on sustainable habitats.

'Made in Canada' Urban Innovations

 Advocate Canada's political and technical leadership to bring more resources and capacity for innovations 'made in Canada'.

National Housing Strategy

Support the implementation of the National Housing Strategy including creating various pilots and build Canada’s housing innovation capacity.

Cross Sectoral Collaboration

Promote cross sectoral collaboration between governments, cities, private sector and across sectors to work toward a common goals for improved economic and social outcomes for Canadian society.

To support the Canada Frontrunner Program, the Pavilion launched the 100+: Canada's Profile on Urban SDGs

The 100+: Canada Profile on Urban SDGs project identifies, assesses, and catalogues completed innovative and transformative urban examples of Canadian cities, communities, and organizations for sustainable urban development. 

These 'made in Canada' urban projects are to be presented as transformative actions in the social, economic, environmental, cultural, and governance components of city development.  

These urban innovations will also be shared with countries and cities across the globe and support city-to-city learning.

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