COMING May 2024

Urban Work Summit Toronto | May 2024

Join us as we assemble a think and do tank for/by youth championed the Government of Canada.

Applications are now closed for the Urban Work Summit.

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Youths presenting at a pitch off event for Future City Builders



A summit on the future of work in Canadian cities, designed and delivered by young workers, powered by the 2023 Urban Work Index (UWI) 


Centre for Social Innovation Spadina – 192 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2C2


May 1st and 2nd, 2024


60 Youth delegates residing in the city of Toronto


Youth are the centre of New Work, yet they’re rarely given the keys to unlock and drive the future of work, especially in cities. This summit brings together Cities and Youth to navigate the future of work in a post-pandemic environment and create a localized and youth-centered action plan.

The Delegates

The delegates will be 60 young leaders and innovators representing various and multiple sectors and industries, age groups between 16-29, and of different identities.  We will find people that represent through professional, academic, or interests the 10 UWI topics.

Toronto Summit Agenda


  • Prior to the summit, delegates will participate in preparatory activities tailored to their interests, including mini work resource sessions. These sessions are designed to equip delegates with the necessary skills for workforce entry and facilitate networking opportunities amongst attendees ahead of the Summit.
A group of youths in Calgary participating in Future City Builders.

Summit Day 1: EXPLORE

A: Where we are AT?  / B: Where do we want to BE?


  • The day starts with external expert “provocateurs” to stimulate the conversation.
  • Delegates will analyze data analytics and insights to reflect on the current state of work.
  • Delegates will construct future scenarios on the trajectory of urban work over the next 10 years.
  • We will be reviewing the existing data and knowledge to explore what the delegates believe to be the challenges, stresses, and shocks.
  • This culminates in a creative and interactive way, where we will start mapping out several possible scenarios for the future work in cities.

Summit Day 2: CREATE

C: What can we CREATE? / D: How do we DELIVER? 


  • This is where they turn their ideas into actionable programs and policy recommendations to help cities prepare for and excel at the future of work.
  • Delegates will explore the potential of innovation, by digging deeper into possible ideas and actions.
  • Delegates will look at making cities attractive for workers and employers specific to the urban context.
Youths working together on a project for Future City Builders.

Summit pitch night – Thursday May 16, 2024


  • The delegates refine their new concepts in teams leading up to a pitch competition in front of expert judges
  • Delegates interested in moving forward with ideas will gather at the end of May with local Toronto guests to pitch their ideas with the potential of winning prizes that include microgrants, expert mentorship sessions, or in-kind donations to help get the winning pitches off the ground
  • Winners will be supported through an 6-week program to develop their ideas into pilots and grant money will act as a stipend for their participation
A youth presenting at a pitch-off event in Hamilton.

Our Partners

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Who is eligible for the Youth Delegation Program?

This program is open to all young people aged 16 to 29 years old who reside in Toronto

Do I need to be a Canadian citizen?

You do not need to be a Canadian citizen.

Do I need to be enrolled as a student and/or employed?

No. All young people within the age range, regardless of student or employment status, are eligible to apply.

I can’t attend the summit from May 1st to May 2nd. Can I still be a delegate?

No. You must be able to attend the full summit in order to be eligible for the program.

What is required of a Youth Delegate?

As a delegate, we require you to first attend and participate in 1-2 pre-conference sessions online and undertake a few hours of preparation before the summit.

A team of us have an idea to improve the youthfulness of our city as part of a team effort. Can we all apply?

The application is on an individual basis. If you have a team idea, please select one representative to apply for the summit. We will not take multiple people from the same pre-existing project.

What is the timeline for the application process?

 The deadline for the application is April 12th 

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