About the Project
Together we built the We Are Cities Action Agenda, a collection of ideas to help make Canadian cities healthy and exciting places to live, work and play. The campaign brought peoples' ideas together and built on the city-focused initiatives that are already taking place across the country. We Are Cities will continue to help connect existing city-building work in order to strengthen and mobilize our collective efforts to enable the change we need.
We Are Cities was launched by a number of organizations that believe that a prosperous future for Canada depends on thriving cities. For cities to succeed, citizens need to take an active role in identifying a path forward to achieve resilience, prosperity and inclusivity.
Backed by city builders across Canada
“Canada is an urbanized nation but our current policies don’t always reflect or support this. We need to better understand what this urbanized population – increasingly communities of New Canadians – sees as their key priorities. We Are Cities is catalyzing this conversation with citizens and David Suzuki Foundation is excited to be supporting it.”
– Dr. Faisal Moola, PhD., David Suzuki Foundation
"We Are Cities has come at just the right time. We all need to become engaged on the urban issues that matter and our elected representatives must act now. We cannot leave the task to another generation."
– Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada and architect of the federal New Deal for Cities and Communities
"Jane’s Walk has worked to engage Canadians in their cities for a decade. We are pleased to be a part of the We Are Cities campaign to bring Canadians into a conversation about what our cities should look like and how we get there."
– Denise Pinto, Executive Director, Jane’s Walk
“Investing in our cities is essential to Canada’s economic and social prosperity. We need livable and prosperous cities and We Are Cities is an important campaign to bring people together to create the kinds of cities Canada needs.”
– Alan Broadbent, Chairman, Maytree Foundation and author of Urban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong
"Canada needs a national strategy for our cities. Everyone agrees that our cities are pivotal to Canada's ongoing success and the federal government can't just sit on the sidelines.”
– Anne Golden, Director, City Building Institute, Ryerson University
“Cities are people - the way we move, the relationships we have, the spaces we build, and the experiences we create together make the city. Having a multitude of citizen voices engaged in the roundtable conversations to explore urban resiliency is exciting and formidable. The collective energy of We Are Cities is a launchpad for amazing possibilities - our cities need our attention. ”
– Manjit Basi, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Citizens Academy
“We’re taking part in We Are Cities because it’s important. Our health, economy and environment all rely on our ability to create walkable cities. To change momentum around how we build communities will take a national effort, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
– Tristan Cleveland, Coordinator, Our HRM Alliance
“This is one timely and inspired national conversation! I couldn’t be happier about helping to bring Newfoundland and Labrador perspectives to the table. Our urban and rural places are interdependent and our collective future relies to a great extent on our cities being the best they can be.”
– Kathleen Parewick, PhD., Community Collaboration & Development Officer, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador