Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. --Jane Jacobs


Cities for People is an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. We aim to foster more inclusive, innovative and resilient cities. Cities for People began in 2014 as an experiment. Based on learning from the initial phase, we now focus our efforts on four areas: 1) Increasing Social and Economic Equality; 2) Strengthening the Civic Commons; 3) Enabling City Labs; and 4) Supporting Urban Innovation Networks. A Cities for People platform provides coordination functions to facilitate learning and communications across the system. Through this platform we aspire to collectively advance change and create conditions for cities to be better equipped to meet the challenges of our times.

Cities for People supports a number of organizations and initiatives whose work complements our mission and expands the scope of our impact, including: Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty network; the Centraide Montreal Collective Impact Project to support new forms of neighbourhood revitalization; and Maison de l'innovation sociale to collectively reimagine Montreal and contribute to city transformation. We are also supporting explorations into placemaking in Canada as a catalyst for change as part of a Canadian Civic Commons Strategy, led by Evergreen, as well as a National Housing Collaborative to identify and implement key policy levers to address pressing housing and homelessness challenges in our cities.

In spring 2016, we released a report on the Experimental Phase of the initiative. You can read it in full here.