The Urban Policy Lab collaborates with a range of academic, government, and community partners on research and civic education projects, as well as professional training and skills development events.
The Canadian Black Policy Network aims to create a safe space for Black community members and allies to explore policy issues affecting Canada's Black communities. In 2019, the Lab hosted and sponsored the inaugural Toronto Black Policy Conference, a first-of-its-kind event organized by CBPN founders and Munk School alumni Anna-Kay Russell, Sharnelle Morgan, and Eunice Kays.
The Lab is a member of the Canadian Municipal Barometer partnership, which brings together five academic institutions as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Samara Centre for Democracy to conduct an annual survey of mayors and councillors in more than 400 municipalities across Canada.
The Canadian Urban Institute is a non-profit applied research organization dedicated to achieving healthy urban development. The Lab collaborated with CUI to develop the City Building Leadership Program, whichprovided students the opportunity to work alongside staff in the City of Toronto's Chief Planner's Office, as well as an annual Urban Exchange speed networking event.
In 2018-19, two graduate fellows were placed with the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Office to identify opportunities, barriers, and points of intervention to achieve the city's 20-year strategy to advance equity, opportunity and prosperity. The 2019-20 cohort of graduate fellows provided policy and strategic support to the City's Municipal Licensing and Standards division.
CivicAction is a civic engagement organization dedicated to creating and implementing effective solutions to the most pressing challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region. The Lab provided research support for the 2019 edition of CivicAction's quadrennial city summit, which brought together nearly 1,200 civic leaders from across the region.
Evergreen is a national not-for-profit dedicated to making cities flourish. In Fall 2018, the Lab's graduate fellows contributed to the planning and implementation of the Future Cities Canada Summit, a partnership between Evergreen, the McConnell Foundation, and other civil society leaders to share best practices and stories of inspiration in the field of urban innovation and sustainability.
The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. The 2019-20 cohort of graduate fellows assisted Pembina’s Urban Transportation Team in their efforts to advance policy projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario’s cities.