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There is no longer any question about the need to move towards a different way of living. The question is: who and what will get us there?

The Living City Campus offers a broad scope of opportunities for like-minded individuals and organizations to help cultivate real solutions by providing a range of engagement levels that will appeal to your organization’s objectives and capacities.

Opportunities within each engagement level can be tailored to meet your needs.


Build partner

Research partner

In-kind product & service donor


If you are interested in getting involved through any one of our engagement opportunities, please submit an expression of interest form and a member of our team will be in touch with you.

Build partner

The Living City Campus is host to a number of state-of-the-art demonstration labs for low carbon buildings, stormwater management, renewable and smart energy systems and green infrastructure.

Building on the success of the existing Labs, Toronto and Region Conservation, in partnership with the BRE Innovation Parks Network, is expanding The Living City Campus to include seven additional building plots, forming an archetype low-carbon community.

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Fully serviced building plots will be connected to an innovative stormwater management system including a bioretention swale, underground storage chambers, and low impact development strategies. Each building plot will have the opportunity to tie into the onsite renewable energy smart grid and district heating and cooling system.

The individual building plots will rotate every five years, during which time they will provide opportunities for undertaking performance verification and in-use research.

Each plot will be developed by a single entity known as a “build partner.” A build partner may be a single organization or a consortium of organizations.

Each build partner will be required to agree to the aims and objectives of the project and specific requirements of the individual plot theme, including performance benchmarks and metrics for the following areas:

  Reduced energy consumption (minimum 15% reduction in energy consumption over 2017 Building Code)

  Low / Renewable energy

  Recycled content

  Advanced materials



  Water reuse

  Construction waste

  Stormwater quantity and quality

  Biodiversity targets

Additional consultation will further outline opportunities and objectives for research and monitoring, technical performance verification, and overall collaboration.

By agreeing to develop a plot, build partners receive the following benefits:

  Sponsorship of the plot for a period of five years (including construction period)

  Fully serviced building plot

  Ability to test new construction techniques, products and services in a safe environment with reduced risk versus implementation in an inhabited environment

  Access to new technologies and supply chains

  Opportunity to develop a focused, bespoke research program

  Use of the building for the duration of the agreement on a shared basis

  Access to the Visitor Centre to undertake events, training and seminars

  Access to the international BRE Innovation Parks Network

  Networking and partnership opportunities with STEP’s stakeholder network

  Gateway signage

  Visitor Centre signage

  Allocated area for marketing materials in Visitor Centre

  Logo included in The Living City Campus Visitor Guide

  Logo recognition on The Living City Campus website sponsor page, with link to company website

  Use of The Living City Campus logo on related outside marketing initiatives throughout the duration of the contract

If you are interested in becoming a build partner at The Living City Campus, please complete an expression of interest form.

Research partner

The Living City Campus offers your organization a facility or field test site to conduct research and testing on products and services, while providing a unique opportunity to increase your corporate visibility and broaden your reach to international market segments.

As the Living City Labs continue to expand and develop, opportunities for research project design, consultation, management, coordination and collaboration will increase significantly.

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The Living City Campus provides a unique, multidisciplinary research infrastructure and stakeholder network to its partners.

Research projects are developed and operated in a collaborative manner, through partnerships with national organizations, investors, academics and research institutions to leverage the significant expertise and organizational capacity that exists nationwide.

Our vast stakeholder network enables The Living City Campus to provide collaboration “matchmaking,” so that our partners can focus on what they do best.

STEP team members work on a research project at The Living City Campus

Our Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) team oversees all research carried out at The Living City Campus and will work with partners to ensure their research objectives are met.

A collaborative research protocol has been established for organizations wishing to be involved in research activities.

If you are interested in conducting a research project with The Living City Campus, please complete our expression of interest form.

In-kind product & service donations

Your in-kind product and/or service donation will be integrated into one or more of our Living City Labs, where it will contribute to the design and construction of building plots and enhance research initiatives.

Participation at The Living City Campus will increase your business’s overall market awareness, drawing national and international attention to your product or service offering.

If you are interested in donating a product or service to The Living City Campus, please complete our expression of interest form.

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The Living City Campus showcases the brightest sustainability solutions, technologies and ideas that Canada has to offer, while providing a place where people can gather to learn, research, demonstrate and become inspired by technologies and practices that help to build sustainable, low-carbon city regions.

If you would like to be a part of The Living City Campus, we invite you to join our team of dedicated volunteers and make your contribution!

For a complete list of ALL current volunteer opportunities visit the TRCA website. 

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