Toronto’s UrbanPlan program was dramatically impacted by COVID-19 this year with all schools mandated to online delivery or in some cases maintaining hybrid delivery models. After discussion with past program partners, it was decided not to pursue the program in the 2020/2021 school year given the significant pressures on the academic system.
Toronto did, however, work with ULI National to support UrbanPlan including; ULI Boston (Volunteer Training) and ULI Alberta (University of Northern BC/University of Calgary students) and the UrbanPLanREEX Summer Program (EDI university initiative)
Central Toronto Academy, TDSB (Gr. 12 Urban Geography)
In spring 2021, Central Toronto Academy took on the challenge of delivering UrbanPlan in a virtual model. The training was customized for eight (8) volunteers who supported the school. It was so successful that the school opted to enter the UrbanPlan National Student Competition.
MyTO in 10
ULI members also participated as industry experts and mentors in the MyTO in 10, an online city-building program targeted to 500+ TDSB Grade 10 geography students mostly located in priority neighborhoods. The program, featured in both Canadian Architect Newsletter and Building Magazine, helped youth envision their own city, using mapping, photo essays, and other creative engagement tools.
Our plans for UrbanPlan in 2021 remain flexible at this time, dependent upon the ability of interest shown by teachers in participating in the program. Updates to follow!
We are always looking for more volunteers to get involved with UrbanPlan and help advance ULI’s mission. If you are interested, please contact [email protected]