The Urban Project was founded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Maytree, and is generously supported by TD Bank Group and Metcalf Foundation. We are also pleased to be working with the University of Toronto School of Cities and the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance.

Leading Partners

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Our members include more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes, from Canada’s cities and rural communities, to northern communities and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Together, they represent more than 90 per cent of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Municipal leaders from across Canada assemble each year to set FCM policy on key issues.

Today, we advocate for municipalities to be sure their citizens’ needs are reflected in federal policies and programs. Year after year, our work benefits every municipal government and taxpayer in Canada, and our programming delivers tools that help municipalities tackle local challenges.


Maytree works to advance systemic solutions to poverty through a human rights approach. We support leaders, organizations and civic communities by developing and sharing knowledge, strengthening learning and leading, and mobilizing action to further economic and social rights. As a founding partner of The Urban Project, Maytree is committed to convening leaders from all orders of government, civil society, academia and business to co-create solutions to pressing urban challenges. Previously, we’ve also helped launch the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and Tamarack, an organization for community engagement. We invest in efforts to strengthen our cities because we believe that if we can build a city that works for people with low incomes, for immigrants and refugees, for those living with disabilities, and for the young and the old, it will work for all of us.

Project Partners

McConnell Foundation

The McConnell Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that develops and applies innovative approaches to social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. We do so through granting and investing, capacity building, convening, and co-creation with grantees, partners and the public. Learn more at

TD Bank Group

TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. In March 2018, TD launched The Ready Commitment, a new multi-year program to help individuals and communities prosper. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting $1 billion in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD’s aspiration is to link business, products, services, and philanthropy to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their personal goals and fully participate in a changing world. For further information, click here.

TD’s support for the Urban Project is aligned to its goal of contributing to vibrant and resilient cities, where we live, work, and play. TD embraces the role it has to play as a corporation  in creating cities where everyone can feel confident that they belong, whether that is through enhancing green spaces or supporting cultural events that bring communities together.

Metcalf Foundation

The mission of The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society. We are committed to creating conditions for meaningful change in three ways: improving economic livelihoods for low-income people in Toronto, leveraging opportunities for new approaches and shared learning in the performing arts, and building a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada. Our funding philosophy is to have the courage to tackle tough issues, be supportive not prescriptive, embrace diverse perspectives, and to be inquisitive, respectful, and rigorous. Annually, we invest approximately $5.6 million in charitable activity. Full details of our granting programs can be found at

We are also pleased to work with:

University of Toronto School of Cities

Established in May 2018, the U of T School of Cities will convene urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners, and the general public to explore and address complex urban challenges, with the aim of making cities and urban regions more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive and just.

Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance

IMFG focuses on the fiscal health and governance challenges facing large cities and city-regions. The Institute’s mandate is to conduct independent research, spark and inform public debate, and to engage the academic and policy communities around important issues of municipal finance and governance.