In mid-February 2015, We Are Cities launched. The goal of the campaign – to engage Canadians across the country to shape a vision and action plan for how we can build livable cities is ambitious, yet has never been more essential.
Canadian cities require the proper tools to thrive in the 21st century. There are numerous individuals and organizations voicing similar concerns. Increased infrastructure spending was at the forefront of discussion between Canada’s premiers. Likewise, the mayors of the country’s largest 22 municipalities are united on the importance of placing urban issues on the national agenda.
This is a unique moment in time. There is alignment across geographies, sectors, political parties, community groups and Canadians regarding the important role that cities play in securing our collective future and that the status quo is not working.
It’s time to stand up for the cities we want.
Within 2 weeks of launching, We Are Cities has already achieved some major milestones:
- Over 115 new ideas have been submitted online
- 27 roundtables are occurring over the next month in almost every single province and territory
- There is a growing network of participating organizations from diverse sectors and geographical location
This is just the beginning. Over the coming months, we are looking forward to being continuously inspired by the creativity, passion and engagement of Canadians seeking to make cities better places to live.