Future Cities Canada
Accelerating inclusive innovation in our cities through a national collaborative.
We are embarking on a historic moment for cities in Canada — a moment of transformative change full of new ideas, new technologies and new opportunities for public participation. It’s a moment to ensure we build flourishing cities that are equitable, regenerative and prosperous.
Canada needs a collaborative infrastructure where we can work together to create better cities that benefit us all.
Seeing this need, Evergreen, with four other founders - The McConnell Foundation, TD Bank Group, Maison de l’innovation sociale, and Community Foundations of Canada - came together to create Future Cities Canada.
Future Cities Canada provides the required collaborative infrastructure needed to collectively imagine our future and accelerate inclusive innovation in our cities.
Together with a diverse and growing network of partners from across sectors – universities, governments, foundations, organizations, private partners and more – Future Cities Canada harnesses the collective energy needed for true transformative change.
Hubs, labs and learning networks will fuel the transformation of our cities for the betterment of all who live in them.
Learn more about them on the Future Cities Canada website.
Community Solutions Network
The Community Solutions Network is a new platform for communities to connect and build a national centre of excellence in open smart cities. Led by Evergreen, this program of Future Cities Canada is a community-centric platform, serving every type of Canadian community: big, mid-sized, Indigenous, small and northern.
As the project lead we are working with OpenNorth and partners to provide valuable information, learning opportunities and advisory services in key areas of data and technology for municipal and community leaders, helping to improve the lives of residents.
How Future Cities Canada came to be
The groundwork for Future Cities Canada began in 2015. Evergreen and Cities for People came together for the We Are Cities campaign. We engaged thousands of citizens by asking them to imagine an agenda for the future of our cities.
In the end, we came out of this project with the We Are Cities Action Agenda, a collective expression of the kinds of cities we, as Canadians, want.
The Agenda was built with the intention to inspire and catalyze action—locally and nationally—building on efforts already underway across the country.
A subsequent report, “Towards a Civic Commons Strategy” by Evergreen and the McConnell Foundation revealed the need for a collaborative infrastructure to catalyze inclusive urban innovation for our cities. It became clear we needed Future Cities Canada.
As one of the founding partners, we're providing the foundational leadership and support in the coordination of Future Cities Canada and its programs.
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