ABOUT CIVIC HALL TORONTO

 

If you’re excited about using technology and design in the public interest, you belong at Civic Hall Toronto.

 

Civic Hall Toronto is a program that connects government innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists and residents, and empowers them to collaboratively address civic challenges. We offer training, events, space and project support to individuals and teams using technology and design for the common good.

Collaboration drives innovation

 

At Civic Hall Toronto,  we understand the power of collaboration. Taking expertise from one area and applying it to another can yield new insights. Building products and services with the people who will use them can lead to better outcomes. And learning from the successes of others can shorten the runway for new ventures.

 

Civic Hall Toronto’s programming is designed to foster productive, cross-sector collaboration. We provide training and support members with their projects by connecting them with skilled practitioners and engaged residents. 

New ideas need new spaces

 

To realize the potential for technology and design to serve the public interest, we need spaces and communities where collaboration and ‘outside the box’ thinking are encouraged. These spaces break down siloes — uniting passionate and talented people with an interest in civic innovation — and enable the best ideas and practices for serving residents to be shared across sectors.

 

That’s what Civic Hall Toronto’s collaboration space is all about. Located at the Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto, the venue offers members the opportunity to work in a vibrant environment, perfect for exploring new ideas and facilitating collaboration.

Upcoming Events

Tue 18

CSI Hosts: Salad Club

December 18 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Toronto Ontario
Thu 20

CSI Hosts: Bagel Bonding

December 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Toronto Ontario
Tue 25

CSI Hosts: Salad Club

December 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Toronto Ontario
Thu 27

CSI Hosts: Bagel Bonding

December 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Toronto Ontario
Jan 01

CSI Hosts: Salad Club

January 1, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Toronto Ontario

Our Members

StreetARToronto

StART is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more beautiful and safe, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs and more.

Toronto Children's Services

Toronto Children’s Services promotes access to high quality early learning and child care services and works closely with the community to develop a coordinated system that meets the diverse needs of Toronto families and children. The division’s vision is that all families in Toronto benefit from a range of services that promote healthy child development and family well-being.

Entrepreneurship Services

Focused on supporting Toronto’s startups and the infrastructure that assists them, Entrepreneurship Services collaborates with incubators, accelerators and business support organizations to make Toronto the best place globally to start and build a business.

Solid Waste Management Services

Solid Waste Management Services is responsible for collecting, transporting, processing, composting and disposing of municipal and some private sector waste. This includes garbage, Blue Bin recyclables, Green Bin organics, yard waste, oversized and metal items, as well as household hazardous waste and electronic waste.

Department of Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship

Markham’s Department of Economic Growth, Culture and Entrepreneurship works to support a thriving and resilient economy based on creative excellence, innovation & business success through the department’s strategies, resources & strategic partnering efforts to support cultural, entrepreneurial, business & institutional champions & related projects & infrastructure.

Information & Technology

Open Data & Common Components Teams

The Information & Technology Division provides leadership in modernizing City services through strategic investment, digital transformation and management of the City’s information technology systems. They partner and collaborate with all City divisions to deliver innovative IT business solutions and a secure, reliable and dependable IT infrastructure in support of City programs and services.

Environment and Energy

We lead the development and implementation of innovative environmental and energy policies and programs, and inspire citizens, businesses, organizations, and other stakeholders to work with City staff to make Toronto one of the most environmentally sustainable cities in the world.

Big Data Innovation

The Big Data Innovation team was created in 2015 with the mission of leveraging emerging transportation datasets together with existing City data to develop a new understanding of transportation issues across all modes in the City. The Big Data Innovation Team conducts practical analyses of transportation data to be able to more easily measure the impact and benefits of policies and solutions.

Toronto Police Service

The Toronto Police Service is responsible for delivering policing services to a dynamic and diverse community. Through the Transformational Task Force, the Service is undertaking a modernization of its services that will see policing in Toronto be where the public needs the Service the most, embrace partnerships to create safe communities, and focus on the complex needs of a large city.

Municipal Licensing & Standards

Municipal Licensing & Standards provides bylaw administration and enforcement services, including targeted strategies to address graffiti, noise, business inspections, parks regulations and animal services issues. Services also include business licensing and permitting, property standards, and animal care including control, shelter and adoption services.

Toronto Employment & Social Services

Employment & Social Services’ vision is to strengthen the social and economic well-being of Torontonians in their communities. By providing employment services, financial benefits and social supports, the division works to make that vision a reality.

Shelter, Support & Housing Administration Division

The Shelter, Support & Housing Administration Division provides and funds a full range of housing and homelessness services, including providing temporary shelter and support for homeless individuals and families, and increasing housing stability for vulnerable residents.

Get Involved

Government Membership

Civic Hall Toronto government members get access to our collaboration space, as well training, events and project support designed to support their civic innovation objectives.

Community Membership

Civic Hall Toronto community members get access to exclusive events, and the opportunity to share, collaborate and co-create with innovators from across sectors.

Events

We’d love to see you at our next event! Check out our calendar for alll Civic Hall Toronto events.

Collaboration

Have an idea for Civic Hall Toronto? We want to hear from you: shea@codefor.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Who operates Civic Hall Toronto?
Civic Hall Toronto is operated by Code for Canada, a national non-profit that connects government innovators with the tech and design community. The City of Toronto and the Centre for Social innovation are supporting partners of the project.
Are you connected to Civic Hall in New York City?
Civic Hall in New York City is a partner of Civic Hall Toronto. Their work inspires ours!
Is membership only available for people or teams in Toronto?
No! Membership is open to anyone working on projects to improve life in the GTA. We’re proud to have the City of Markham and the Policy Innovation Hub from the Government of Ontario as members.
How are you different from the City of Toronto’s Civic Innovation Office?
Civic Hall Toronto is a space for all levels of government as well as community – private sector, non-profits, and individuals – to contribute to civic innovation. The program is operated by Code for Canada (a national non-profit) at the Centre for Social Innovation, not at City Hall. We’re focused on supporting our members with smaller projects and convening people and teams from across sectors and issues.

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