The Urban Policy Lab engages in creative collaborations that investigate the history and future of urban policy making, and challenge conventional wisdom on contemporary urban issues.

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A collaborative paper series with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, which gathers leading academics and practitioners across Canada to examine the role municipalities should play in key areas of urban policy.

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Estimating Local Policy Capacity in the GTHA

An initiative investigating the number of practitioners responsible for policy research, analysis, evaluation, and advice within the 30 local governments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

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Canadian Municipal Barometer

Canadian Municipal Barometer

An annual survey of mayors and councillors in more than 400 municipalities across Canada that will generate high-quality data and rigorous analysis of Canadian municipal democracy and public policy.

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City Hall Task Force

To improve the quality of deliberation and decision making at Toronto City Council, the City Hall Task Force brought together current and former politicians, public servants, academics, journalists, and civic leaders, balancing a range of political perspectives, to produce the first general review of Toronto governance in over a decade. 

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