EU – Canada Cooperation on Urban Policy

Sustainable urban development and the challenges of dealing with climate change are important issues for both European and Canadian cities. In Canada, cities are on the front line of the green economy and have shown leadership in protecting the environment by improving energy efficiency, providing sustainable transportation options, treating wastewater, and safely disposing of waste and limiting nuisance-causing air pollution.

European cities, similarly, have extensive experience in dealing with urbanization challenges and developing smart, green, inclusive, and attractive cities with a high standard of living. A European model of urban sustainability is emerging, grounded in an appropriate geographical and functional mix and reliable access to key services (housing, health, education, green infrastructures, culture and mobility), and it increasingly serves as a reference worldwide.

In the EU-Canada Urban Policy Cooperation, four Canadian and four European cities are working together to discuss and collaborate on actions connected to the three central themes of resilience and adaptation, ecosystem services, and low-carbon development. This cooperation is a unique opportunity for cities to share expertise and gain insight from other municipalities that are working in areas of mutual interest. Canadian and European project cities cooperate based on similarities between their thematic areas, experiences, and goals; communication with all cities in the exchange provides additional opportunities for collaboration and potential for new ideas.

  • City Selection

    In this first stage the four European and four Canadian were selected through an invitation of application.  The cities working in the thematic areas of the exchange and with a strong interest demonstrated through on-going projects in the thematic areas were given priority.

  • First Working Meeting in Canada

    At the first working meeting, or the kick-off meeting, city delegates met their counterparts personally in Toronto as well as the other participating cities. European cities then traveled to their Canadian partner city to visit and discuss sustainable initiatives and deepen the exchange.

    To download the Agenda of the First Working Meeting in Canada, click here (203 KB).

  • Second Working Meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz

    The second working meeting for the EU-Canada World Cities project was held in the partner city Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain between 19 – 23 October 2015. Project cities initially met in Vitoria-Gasteiz and then traveled to their respective partner city for field visits. Cities were able to deepen the exchange and formulate concrete action items.

    To download the Agenda of the Second Working Meeting for the EU-Canada exchange, click here (234 KB).

  • Third Working Meeting in Ottawa

    The third and final working meeting for the EU-Canada exchange will take place from 19 – 20 May 2016, hosted by the City of Ottawa. The goals of the meetings are for cities to share outcomes and action items, discuss challenges, and strategize on how to sustain the exchanges.