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.


8 80 Cities takes part in a new Healthy Communities Initiative!

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of COVID-19.  We are proud to be working with Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Urban Institute with the support of the Government of Canada to support organizations that are showing creativity and resourcefulness in creating solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting public health measures.

The application portal is now closed and Round 2 applicants will receive results by September 16th, 2021. 

Healthy Communities Initiative: Round 1 Results: See the interactive map and dive into the projects taking place in your community.

Visit to find out more about this exciting initiative!


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.

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“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.

  • Insight

    By Jiya Benni, Project Manager, 8 80 Cities 8 80 Cities and Green Communities Canada have partnered on a new project called the ‘Ontario School Streets Pilot’ to pilot School Streets programs in three Ontario communities – Hamilton, Markham and Mississauga – during the 2021-22 school year. Funded through Ontario Active School Travel, the......

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  • Insight

    By Jiya Benni, Project Manager, 8 80 Cities Over two weekends in August 2021, 8 80 Cities brought 20 young community builders from Ashburn, Brampton, Hamilton, Lincoln, Markham, Ottawa, St. Thomas, Sudbury, Toronto and Windsor to a Virtual Studio to kick-off the first edition of......

  • Insight

    Insights from the 8 80 Cities Team Creating public spaces that are safe, comfortable, and welcoming for people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and social identities is at the core of what we do at 8 80 Cities.  The pandemic has highlighted that our parks are essential places for individual and community......


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