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Future City Builders

Future City Builders brings together 30 youth in each city to create and launch innovative ideas for five Canadian cities.

A 30Lab session. Image: Courtesy CityHive and YouthfulCities
Image: Courtesy CityHive and YouthfulCities

Future City Builders brings together 30 youth in each city to create and launch innovative ideas for urban food, water, transportation, housing and waste systems. In each city, two youth will develop their leadership and employability skills as City Leads, helping to run these exciting urban innovation labs.

Presented in partnership by Evergreen and YouthfulCities, Future City Builders is championed by RBC Future Launch and is an initiative of our Future Cities Canada program.

Future City Builders engages engage 150 youth, aged 18-29 years old in five Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, Toronto and Halifax. These youth will develop work-ready skills all while improving the health of their city through a 30Lab.

What is the 30Lab?

The 30Lab is a pop-up innovation lab for 30 local young urban influencers to come together over a series of four workshops to create innovative solutions on resilient city systems.

Through the workshops, youth will unpack a city issue at hand with mentorship from community experts, ideating new solutions for their city. Participants will launch their ideas at a public event, where participants will have the opportunity to secure seed funding to bring their project to life in their city.

Applications now open!

Interested in being part of our Future City Builders Program? We are currently recruiting for our 30Labs in Halifax and Hamilton. We will be opening up applications for the other three cities in the coming weeks!


Applications open in early 2019 for Toronto and Calgary.

Here’s why you should join:

  • Tackle a social issue relevant to your city
  • Build your resume with a unique experience
  • Connect and learn from community and thought leaders
  • Increase your soft skills in teamwork, creativity, design thinking and engagement
  • Create a lasting network of peers in your city
  • Develop yourself as a community leader

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