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City Building + Social Justice

Human rights, equity, fairness, and a sustainable future are the foundation of Canadian values. Toronto, as one of the world’s most diverse cities, is an ideal place to pioneer new approaches to making these values a reality. 

To build smart cities and just societies, Ryerson’s faculty and students are engaging with local and global communities, developing effective collaborations that advance intelligent infrastructure development and shape thought, policy, politics, and practice across a range of social issues. In doing so, they are addressing a variety of globally relevant themes consistent with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Ryerson University is Canada's first Changemaker Campus, designated by Ashoka, a global community of action that works to increase the impact of social ventures, from student enterprise projects to research partnerships and community engagement.

Areas of SRC activity in City Building & Social Justice include:   

  • Addressing the needs of diverse communities and individuals in Canada and abroad through innovative services in areas such as immigration and mental health.
  • Helping governments to create fair and effective social policy addressing tough social problems like child abuse and lack of political engagement.
  • Advancing innovative systems and planning to define how cities and societies of the future will be built and managed.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion through effective services for minority groups, representation in art and culture, inclusive workplace practices, and Indigenous governance systems.
  • Engaging with local and international partners in community building activities to support social justice and equality.