Building Resilient Cities in Canada

The Public Policy & Governance Review

On March 13th and 14th 2015, students from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance joined the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan for the sixth annual Ford+SPPG Conference. The event brings together students from both schools in a team-based learning environment where they are challenged to analyze, evaluate, and present key findings related to a current policy issue facing both sides of the border. This year’s conference theme was “Building Resilient Cities: Addressing Crisis & Ongoing Stress.”

Jason Apostolopoulos

People often talk about “resilience” as a personal trait. A resilient individual has the ability to adapt to and withstand ongoing stress. They also have the capacity to effectively deal with, and bounce back from, a serious crisis.

However, resilience is also important for Canada’s cities, which also face stress and crises. For example, Canadian cities are experiencing growing income inequality, a reality that…

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