What is a “city”?


In Canada the official definition of a city is a place with a population of 10,000 or more. There are approximately 2,000 cities in Canada. While the needs of each city are influenced by many different factors, including geography and size, all cities in Canada contribute to enhancing our country’s prosperity and well-being.

What do we mean when we say Canadian cities have limited powers?


It’s often said that cities are “creatures of the province.” This makes reference to the fact that municipalities are the constitutional responsibility of their province. If cities want to change the way they make money, the core services they are responsible for providing (or not providing), or their governing structure, they must seek provincial approval first.

What is the relationship between cities and rural areas?


Cities and rural areas are closely tied to one another through economic and social activity. Many rural areas are located close to cities and rely on the nearby proximity of urban areas for core services such as health care, education and commercial activity.

More remote rural areas comprise some of Canada’s most fertile and productive agricultural land. In 2013, agriculture provided 1 in 8 jobs in Canada and accounted for almost 7% of the country’s total GDP. Canadian cities are some of the largest consumers of local produce and serve as important procurement and logistical hubs for the agricultural industry.

How will we select ideas to include in the cities action agenda?

We will:
  • Compile roundtable and online idea submissions
  • Group and combine similarly themed ideas into key concepts
  • Review these concepts and gather input from experts, compare them against existing efforts underway, and re-engage campaign participants for feedback
  • Narrow down key concepts for inclusion in the cities action agenda
We are committed to re-engaging participants as this next phase of We Are Cities continues, so stay tuned.

Who is behind We Are Cities?


We Are Cities was launched by a number of organizations that believe that a prosperous future for Canada depends on thriving cities. The campaign is being stewarded by Evergreen CityWorks as part of the Cities for People initiative.

Who is on the We Are Cities organizing team?


Hadley Nelles

Hadley is managing the collection of content from roundtables, online, existing research and stakeholder engagement. She is continuously testing, shaping and revising the agenda framework to ensure it accurately reflects what Canadians and stakeholders are saying. She is also the primary point person for We Are Cities Day and the roundtables.

Jesse Darling

Jesse is the communications coordinator. She manages social media, website content and communications material. Jesse is also responsible for the online community and encouraging people to discuss or submit new ideas.

Chris Cowperthwaite

Chris is the digital strategist. He is responsible for the design and development of the website and connecting Canadians from coast to coast through online tools.

Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra designed the first roundtable toolkit and continues to engage and connect people to the campaign. 

Robert Plitt

Robert is the project director. He oversees the strategic development of We are Cities and ensures that the organizing team has what it needs to thrive. ​