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About Evergreen

A large gathering of people in Riverdale Park, with the Toronto skyline in the background. Image: Geoff Fitzgerald
Image: Geoff Fitzgerald

Evergreen is helping make cities flourish.

Cities that are low carbon, inclusive to all and sustainable at their core. Cities to live, move, work, play, learn and thrive in.

Since 1991, we’ve been facilitating change. Working with other city builders to convene, collaborate and catalyze ideas into action. Our teams connect with many stakeholders to lead with a mindset focused on solutions. We collaborate to develop innovative ideas and catalyze change by testing solutions, developing prototypes and scaling projects.

Through our award-winning suite of programs, we have actively engaged Canadians in creating and sustaining healthy urban environments in our schools, our public spaces, in housing and transit systems, and communities themselves.

Flourishing cities start here – at a site, in a neighbourhood, on the ground – where spaces become great places, and have a real and lasting impact, creating a better world for all.

An aerial view of Evergreen Brick Works.
A large group of people shopping at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market.

Evergreen Brick Works opened its doors in 2010. A demonstration hub where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future. It connects citizens, business, academia and government to turn what-if’s into how-to’s that will shape our country for the better.

Acknowledging the Land and First Peoples

Evergreen respectfully acknowledges that the sacred lands upon which we operate, and the built communities and cities across the country, are the traditional territories, homelands and nunangat of the respective First Nations, Métis Nations and Inuit who are the long-time stewards of these lands.

Evergreen acknowledges that these are occupied lands and subject to inherent rights, covenants, treaties, and self-government agreements to peaceably share and care for the lands and resources across Turtle Island. These regions are still home to diverse Indigenous peoples and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these lands.

Evergreen acknowledges that the Brick Works site is built on occupied Indigenous territory – the traditional homelands of the Wendat (Wen-dat) and Petun (Pah-toon) First Nations, the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-O-Show-nee), and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory is governed by Treaty 13 and is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Covenant, an agreement between the

Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-O-Show-nee) and Anishinaabek (A-Nish-Naw-bek) Confederacies and allies to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

Today, the meeting place of Toronto, including this Waasayishkodenayosh area of the Lower Don River, is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work within this territory and the community as a whole.

*Waasayishkodenayosh is one name for this area along the Lower Don River, interpreted to mean ‘Burning bright point’ in Anishinaabemowin. The spelling and meaning of the name is still being decided on by a Language Circle of First Nations knowledge and language-carriers and allies.

Our Mission

To enable flourishing cities.

Our Vision

We dream of flourishing cities.

The backbone of our cities are the places we share and where we connect. Connecting people, natural and built worlds to city systems like housing and transit, the daily experience in our communities improves and our life in the city becomes happier and healthier.

What We Believe

Diversity, equity and inclusion matters.


It is essential to the values that we hold and the work that we do. It strengthens our connections, drives innovation and positions us to build a more sustainable and equitable future for all.   

To achieve our mission, we rely on the unique backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints of our staff, volunteers and partners. We understand that diverse perspectives require an inclusive culture in other to thrive - a culture that is respectful and welcoming to all.

Our Commitment

We are committed to creating a place where employees, volunteers, partners and visitors are included, regardless of background, age, religion, race, gender, gender identity and expression, physical ability or sexual orientation; a place where one can be their whole self, and where that whole self feels celebrated. 

We believe cities of the present and future are for everyone. We will continuously strive to be a stronger ally to diverse communities, to do more, and to learn and grow. 

Our Values 

Connection

We prioritize relationships—person-to-person, person-to-place and person-to-planet.

Innovation

We work together to learn, adapt and scale ideas that create effective solutions.

Sustainability

We enable a future that is livable, green and prosperous where all can thrive.