This report is an amalgamation of data, research, and perspectives from the YouthfulCities Survey, Index, Global Summit Delegates, and Hackathons. It includes a total of 101 indicators organized across YouthfulCities’ 20 Urban Attribute categories, grouped into three themes: Live, Work, and Play. The 2015 Index expanded the number of cities involved, offering a more in-depth understanding of what is working in cities.
As you flip through the report, you will see that each of our 20 Urban Attributes is approached from a few different perspectives: first we have the city rankings, and the observations made based on these rankings; then, we have the input from our Global Summit delegates and the results of the Hackathons which explore the Challenges, Visions, and Innovations. We invite you to explore what youth want from cities, how they envision the future of urban life, and how we can drive that vision forward.
The Urban Work Index 2023 ranks 30 cities across Canada to find the best places for youth to work and live.
Young people live in a monthly deficit position in Canadian cities making urban centers unaffordable to the country's future generations. On average young people are losing $750 per month by living in cities across the country.
In 2019 Youthful Cities launched the first Urban Work Index with the help of RBC Future Launch and focused on topic areas traditionally associated with work and cities like affordability, employment, and entrepreneurship.
The Youthful Cities Program is a partnership between Coventry UK City of Culture, the British Council and Youthful Cities to facilitate a cultural and creative skills exchange between young people across the globe. It has been developed to enable young adults (age 18-25) to creatively respond to important, urgent and youth-focused issues in their cities, encouraging more active participation in civic matters.
Where is the best place for urban work in Canada? We set out to answer this question with our Urban Work Index, ranking 21 cities across Canada on various attributes to create a holistic picture of work.