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Future Cities Canada

Accelerating inclusive innovation in our cities through a national collaborative.

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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 three other founding organizations - The McConnell Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and Maison de l’innovation sociale - 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.

Smart Cities Challenge Community Support Program

Evergreen, working in partnership with OpenNorth, their Future Cities Canada collaborative platform and numerous non-profit institutions, foundations and stakeholders across Canada, has received funding over two years to deliver activities from the new Smart Cities Community Support Program. The funding will support advisory and capacity-building services for communities nation-wide as they explore and implement smart cities approaches. As the program lead, Evergreen will work with OpenNorth, the lead technical partner, and partners to support current finalists and future applicants of the Smart Cities Challenge in advancing their thinking, developing strong final proposals, and strengthening successful implementation of winning projects. 

The Community Support Program aims to foster a culture of change, continuous improvement and innovation in Canadian communities through the use of data and connected technology to create more livable, inclusive communities and opportunities to continue growing Canada’s middle class. Launched in November 2017, the Smart Cities Challenge finalists were announced on June 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in spring 2019.

For inquiries regarding the Community Support Program, please contact Juliana Dutkay, Evergreen’s Director of Partnership Strategies, at

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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