Creating cities for all 

We are a non-profit organization. We bring citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.


We believe that if everything we do in our cities is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people.


Second Year of Ontario Community Changemakers Program!

Ontario Community Changemakers (OCC) is an exciting micro-grant program created for young Ontario residents to help spark new ideas and invigorate change in their local communities. In its second year, the program seeks innovative mindsets from all backgrounds to make a difference in their communities through creative and fresh ideas that will activate public space, enhance civic engagement, and/or foster social inclusion.

Apply Now to get $5000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. These projects must address public space, civic engagement and/or foster social inclusion. The projects must be in the Province of Ontario or First Nations territories that are within the provincial boundary of Ontario. 

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We don’t do boring.
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Our team can help your community’s streets and public spaces thrive.

Unconventional Engagement

Everyone has a voice, we provide the megaphone. Our expertise is in creating unconventional engagement strategies that get people informed, involved, and excited about new initiatives in their cities.

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Idea Labs

Changing cities starts by harnessing exceptional new ideas and taking action. That’s what 8 80 Idea Labs are all about. We will share our knowledge of best practices from cities around the world to generate new and exciting ideas and action plans for your community.

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Open Streets Planning

We are international experts in Open Streets design and implementation. ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. Streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

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Special Projects

We love to break the mold. That’s why we take on Special Projects- these are projects that go beyond our other services. Our Special Projects incubate new strategies and ideas to elevate people-centred urbanism. We develop these projects in collaboration with our partners and clients.

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This is 8 80 Cities in action.

The 8 80 concept is universal. From communities of 5,000 to 5 million, our projects always start at the same place; how do we meaningfully engage people in urban transformation.

“Post-COVID People and Cities. People: healthier and happier.
Cities: equitable and sustainable.”

– Gil Penalosa, Founder & Chair of the Board

Stories & Insights

From the world of 8 80 Cities.

Like cities we’re always evolving! Keep up to date with the latest stories and thoughts from 8 80.

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  • Insight

    By Laura Smith, 8 80 Cities Summer Intern This past spring, four School Streets were piloted across the Greater Toronto Area with support from 8 80 Cities and Green Communities Canada, in a project called ‘Ontario School Streets Pilot’.  The project is funded through Ontario......

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    We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Project Manager to support our various projects and initiatives. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Project Manager will have the opportunity to lead transformative mobility and public space projects, develop innovative community engagement activities, and produce influential reports and......

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    City of Brampton receives support through My Main Street Community Activator Program to Activate Downtown Brampton BRAMPTON, ON (June 10, 2022) – The City of Brampton, together with its partners the Downtown Brampton Business Improvement Area (BIA) and 8 80 Cities, has been selected to receive......


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