The Urban Policy Lab is pleased to announce the launch of its first research and civic education project, a digital archive of urban policy reports published by the former Bureau of Municipal Research.

Established in 1914, the Toronto-based Bureau of Municipal Research was an independent, non-partisan citizens organization dedicated to producing “Better Government through Research.”

The organization published nearly 800 research bulletins and reports on urban issues in Canada, covering almost every area of public policy, from budgeting to housing, welfare to city planning, policing to parks.

The Bureau was forced to close in 1983, its files buried in the city archives — until now.

Led by Prof. Gabriel Eidelman, director of the Urban Policy Lab, a team of students at the University of Toronto has digitized and catalogued the Bureau’s entire document library for the benefit of researchers and the general public.

Learn more about the Bureau’s history, explore its work, and search the complete catalogue at