Tools & Publications

Cities & Infrastructure

Green Bank Financing: Accelerate Clean Energy Deployment in Canada through the Canadian Infrastructure Bank

This report was created in partnership with the Coalition for Green Capital and with support from The Ivey Foundation and The Trottier Family Foundation. In it we outline how a Green Bank in Canada can boost both public and private investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy and green infrastructure by eliminating an institutional gap and market barriers.

The Canadian Infrastructure Bank (CIB), part of the Government of Canada’s proposed five-year $17.7 billion infrastructure investment plan, is the logical home for a national Green Bank. This model would provide the tools and institutions to address specific market barriers and finance project deployment.

Clean energy infrastructure is ideal for this investment approach. Creating a Green Bank Division, a dedicated component of the CIB for clean energy financing, has the potential to produce wide economic, fiscal and environmental benefits.

Our City, Our Spaces

Many communities in Ontario have been experimenting
 with approaches to reanimate spaces, reinvigorate neighbourhoods, and encourage innovation. Our City, Our Spaces report analyzes 4 case studies of innovative uses of public space:

  1. Downtown renewal stemming from Wilfrid Laurier University’s expansion to the city in Brantford
  2. Affordable housing and community programming offered by The Mount Community Centre in Peterborough
  3. Economic diversification promoted by the renewal of the Lang Tannery and activities of the Communitech Hub in Kitchener
  4. Community mobilization infrastructure created at Evergreen’s Community Storefront Hub at 294 James Street North in Hamilton

The Peterborough Green Economy Action Lab: Moving Towards Action

This report, presented to Peterborough City and County councils, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, and Sustainable Peterborough shares the findings of the Peterborough Green Economy Action Lab and work undertaken in Peterborough as part of the Mid-Sized Cities (MSC) Program process. 

The Lab was intended to advance the City of Peterborough as a green economy and sustainable community by collectively evaluating and developing actions to move forward. This summary report captures the outcomes of conversations with politicians and the participants of the final Action Lab Workshop.

Action and Engagement for Green Communities in Ontario

This visual report outlines Evergreen’s work over the past three years under the program Action and Engagement for Green Communities in Ontario. At the outset of this program, we identified a series of urban challenges requiring collective action. Together with a larger constellation of city-building organizations and cross-sectoral programs and initiatives, we have supported and informed development of new policies, investments, strategies, programs, initiatives and networks in support of strong, sustainable and resilient communities for all Ontarians.

The report details our milestones, outcomes and impacts of the five core areas included in this program: Mid-Sized Cities, GTA Housing Action Lab, Mobility Labs, Tower Renewal Partnership and Public Engagement on Intensification.

Leveraging Ontario’s Urban Potential: Mid-Sized Cities Research Series

This research series presents an inter-disciplinary perspective by young and established scholars on themes specific to a mid-sized urban scale.

The discussion pieces released as part of Leveraging Ontario’s Urban Potential: Mid-Sized Cities Research Series provide a look at some of the key issues in mid-sized cities by offering a snapshot of academic research underway across the province. We shape a research agenda that builds on existing research work and reflects the needs, interests and gaps of MSC practitioners.

Realizing Social and Economic Objectives through Infrastructure Planning and Investment

This research explores how Ontario municipalities can use community benefits to maximize social and economic outcomes through better infrastructure planning and investment, in order to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. It addresses how community benefits can be aligned with or incorporated into Ontario’s municipal asset management program and provides preliminary thinking as to how community benefits can be evaluated.

This research is a starting point to enable principled, evidence-based, and strategic long-term infrastructure planning allowing for physical, social, and economic benefits for local communities.

Making Mid-Sized the Right Size

In 2015, Evergreen prepared a discussion paper centered around mid-sized cities (MSC), which has been used to guide the development of the Mid-Sized Cities Program and our work across the province. Building on conversations with local leaders in several Ontario MSCs, the report identifies 12 actions for MSCs to unlock their unique potential. Some of the recommendations include:

  1. Develop policy frameworks to build and preserve local assets
  2. Reduce governance fragmentation and improve planning coordination
  3. Continue to emphasize balanced economies to increase economic resilience
  4. Invest in strategies to support regional economies
  5. Leverage the role and influence of anchor institutions

Crisis & Opportunity: Time for a National Infrastructure Plan for Canada

October 2014

Canadian cities are facing unprecedented challenges. From aging infrastructure to mitigating the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, they need help. This paper argues that the existing economic conditions presents government with an opportune moment to renew investment in Canada’s infrastructure networks and suggests a path forward.

The cover of Intersection MagazineIntersection

Intersection is a magazine profiling innovation and inspiration within cities. Each volume contains interviews with city-builders from different industries, profiles game changing ideas and exposes some of the newest initiatives occurring within Canadian cities.

Vol. I: The Future of Civic Engagement (PDF, 2.9MB)

Vol. 2: The Cities We Want & How to Get There (PDF, 5.5MB)