Launch a CityStudio

CityStudio brings innovation, engagement and experimentation to City Hall by uniting city staff with post-secondary students, faculty and community.

We are an award-winning, transferable partnership model for civic innovation and experimentation that expands the problem solving capacity of city staff by drawing on the expertise of the post-secondary sector. In this way CityStudio helps cities distribute challenges to a wide pool of problem solvers and experts. The framework provides:

  1. Support for city strategies and city staff work plans
  2. Innovation opportunities inside City Hall
  3. Increased citizen engagement and inclusivity
  4. Opportunities for new civic partnerships
  5. Support for economic development
  6. Increased student engagement in learning
  7. Skilled graduate retention in cities

How to start a CityStudio

The CityStudio model can be licensed by cities around the world. There are currently 10 CityStudios across Canada and Australia, with others in development. A license provides everything cities need to build, launch and operate a CityStudio, including valuable tools, resources and hands-on support from the Vancouver team as well as other cities in the CityStudio Network.

Ready to learn more? Explore our licensing steps.