100+: Canada's Profile on Urban SDGs

Embarking on a transformative path, the "100+ Canada's Profile on Urban SDGs" virtual event series spotlighted Canada's pioneering urban innovations. Across four impactful sessions, the series explored urban revitalization, policy frameworks, community empowerment, and reimagining urban systems. From Regent Park's renewal to data-driven insights, grassroots initiatives, and sustainability redefined, the series echoed Canada's resolute commitment to shaping resilient, inclusive, and sustainable urban communities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The inaugural session of the "Made in Canada Urban Innovation and Transformation" event series culminated in a focus on urban policy and innovation. With a spotlight on Canada's journey towards urban sustainability, this session highlighted the East Village Master Plan led by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, the Regent Park Revitalization by Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the LeBreton Flats Master Concept Plan nurtured by the National Capital Commission, and the Toronto Green Development Standard championed by the City of Toronto. Collectively, these initiatives underscore Canada's commitment to shaping resilient, inclusive, and sustainable urban environments aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Urban Revitalization: Lessons from the Canadian Experience 

In a continuation of the "Made in Canada Urban Innovation and Transformation" event series, the spotlight turned to building local capacities for community success. This session showcased pioneering initiatives that empower communities for economic and social betterment. The University of British Columbia's exploration of "Transitioning into New Mobility: Future Curb Space Design" illuminated innovative solutions for urban mobility. The Vancity Affordable Housing Accelerator Program,  by Vancity Community Foundation, exemplified a commitment to equitable housing and community well-being. Northlands Dënesųłiné First Nation's "Renewable Energy & Remediation" initiative demonstrated indigenous-led renewable energy efforts, while the Community.Design.Initiative, led by East Scarborough Store Front and a project of MakeWay Charitable Society, underscored the transformative impact of collaboration and partnerships in shaping communities. Together, these initiatives shed light on Canada's path to urban sustainability through effective policy, innovation, and community-driven action.

Building Local Capacities for Community Success 

Canada's rethinking of urban systems was at the forefront, explored by the World Urban Pavilion. Urban Data Centre's data-driven insights, The Compass Project's tech-enhanced safety net, Smart Density's transit-oriented communities, Sparrow Living's innovative housing strategies, Legacy Building Apprenticeship & Guiding Lights by Mothers to Daughters, and Implementing the Right to Housing by the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights collectively showcased a nation carving a future of sustainable urban living. 

Rethinking Urban Systems: Creating Opportunities for all Canadians to Thrive 

The final installment of the "Made in Canada Urban Innovation and Transformation" event series delved into urban policy frameworks and guidelines. This session emphasized the pivotal role of partnerships in fostering innovative and transformative urban actions. Presentations included, the Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program, driven by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity initiative by United Way Greater Toronto, the Toronto Western Hospital Wastewater Energy System, spearheaded by the City of Toronto, and the Shift to Sustainable Transport in Atlantic Quebec's multi-municipality region, led by Régie intermunicipale de transport Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RÉGÎM), all highlighted Canada's strides in aligning urban policies with the Sustainable Development Goals,  building cross-sectoral partnerships, and how public and private sector collaborations can drive sustainable urban development

 

Setting the Foundation for Urban Transformation

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