The Right to Housing and the Right to the City: An Analysis from the Front Lines

Event location : Concordia University, Hall Building.

16th National Metropolis Conference Partnering for Success: Facilitating Integration and Inclusion

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

The 16th National Metropolis Conference will be held on March 12th-15th, 2014 at the Hilton Lac-Lemay, in Gatineau, Quebec.

The 2014 National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian society. The conference will include plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and diversity.

More information :

Creative Industries : Catalysts of Growth and Exposure for the Metropolis

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal released the results of its study The creative industries: catalysts of wealth and influence for Metropolitan Montréal. The study shows that these industries generated economic benefits of $8.6 billion and provided the city with 91,500 direct jobs in 2012.

“Over and over, we have witnessed the genius of our creators, and their success helps build the city’s international reputation,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “We already knew that the city was a leading centre of creativity; the study released today proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Montréal is one of North America’s most important major cities for the creative industries. This finding is more than just a source of pride, since the creative industries, which include architecture and design, the arts, media, multimedia, fashion and advertising, generate skilled jobs in sectors of the future and create exclusive products and original experiences, for which global demand is booming.”

Link to the study : (French only)

Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize : Two Nominations at IPAM

The Ordre des urbanistes du Québec announced the names of the 30 laureates of the Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize during its 50th anniversary gala which took place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, last 23rd or October.

The Blanche-Lemco-Van-Ginkel Prize is awarded to non-urban planners of from all walks of society (citizens, elected officials, managers, promoters, professionnals, etc.) for their significant contribution to the growth of urban planning in Québec since 1963. The OUQ thus underscores that the improvement of our communities and the planning of our living environments concerns every citizen.

The OUQ also wanted to posthumously grant this title to Pauline Gauvin and Andrier Sainier for their contributions to urban planning.

IPAM is proud that two of its members, Dimitrios Roussopoulos and Ron Rayside, have also been nominated.

We invite you to consult the full list of laureates by following this link.

urban.studies@mcgill Seminar Series

The School of Urban Planning is hosting a seminar series entitled urban.studies@mcgill. The list of speakers for the Fall is attached.

The seminars take place on Fridays at 12:15 P.M., in Macdonald-Harrington 420.

To come :

Nov. 8. Charles Small on the geography of ethnicity and race

Nov. 15. Bruno Marot on the politics of development in Beirut

Nov. 22. Daniel Galland on metropolitan governance in Copenhagen

Nov. 29. Dimitri Roussopoulos on democracy after the Nov. 3 elections

Dec. 6. Christian Krelling on alternative fuels for public transit in Delhi

Plan de développement de Montréal : Compte rendu de la table ronde et mémoire par l’IPAM

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L’IPAM est fière de publier son mémoire conjointement avec SUP McGill au sujet du projet de Plan de développement de Montréal.

L’IPAM et l’École d’urbanisme de l’Université McGill saluent l’effort de taille que la Ville et ses professionnels ont fourni pour élaborer le PPDM. Ils reconnaissant la valeur du document en tant que synthèse de politiques et plans adoptés dnas les années récentes et en tant que cadre de référence pour des initiatives futures. Mais nous sommes d’avis que le document actuel doit être amélioré aux palier certaines faiblesses importantes.

Vous trouverez dans les documents suivants les diverses recommandations de l’IPAM et ses partenaires.


SUP + IPAM : Mémoire sur le projet de plan de développement de Montréal (PDF)


Compte rendu de la table ronde de l’IPAM sur le Plan de développement de Montréal (PDF)

Why Not Montréal?

Happening in Paris! Why not here?

The Université Populaire de la Citoyenneté Active grand opening is near! It proposes a large array of free courses to Parisians and metropolitans wanting to get involved in their bourough life by covering subjects such as the functioning and budgeting of the city, association management or using new media tools for public participation.

The first courses will start in September, you can register as of now on

You will find attached a PDF version of the program, which will also be available through the Conseil de Quartier stand at the associations forum on September 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place at the Olympe de Gouges room, 15 Merlin street. You will then be able to get a copy by contacting the local democracy service at your borough’s city hall.


Click here to download the program.

Community Democracy Project to Open Entire City Budget

Interview with Sonya Rifkin, co-director and co-founder of the Community Democracy Project about the Community Democracy Project’s plan, a participatory budgeting initiative to amend the city charter, which would go on the city ballot for the Nov 2014 election. It would create a direct democratic process for Oakland voters to be directly engaged in decisions around the budget. The platform for decisions and organizing is called the Neighborhood Assembly, which is a forum for education and engagement with the issues. It also allows residents and community organizations to interface with city staff and department representatives.


State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 released today

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and the Canadian Homelessness Research Network released the first extensive Canadian report card on homelessness called State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 today in Toronto. Highlights of the report include:

  • 200,000 different Canadians experience homelessness each year, with as many as 1.3 million experiencing homelessness in the last five years;
  • 30,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night;
  • for most homelessness is a very short, one time experience but between 4,000 to 8,000 Canadians are chronically homeless (long term homeless) and 6,000 to 22,000 are episodically homeless (experience repeated episodes of homelessness over a lifetime);
  • chronic and episodically homeless people (less than 15% of the total) take up more than 50% of the emergency shelter space in Canada; and,
  • homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7.05 billion per year.

To view or download the report visit:

“The State of Homelessness provides a starting point to inform the development of a consistent, evidence-based approach towards ending homelessness.” says Professor Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. “Our goal in developing this report was to both assess the breadth of the problem and to develop a methodology for national measurement”.

“The State of Homelessness also highlights where there has been some meaningful progress in Canada that proves homelessness is not an intractable problem,” added Tim Richter, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “Homelessness can be solved and we have some excellent Canadian examples to follow.”

Among the examples of progress cited in the report are:

  • Vancouver’s 66% reduction in street homelessness since 2008
  • Edmonton’s 30% reduction in overall homelessness since 2008
  • Toronto’s 51% decrease in street homelessness since 2006
  • Alberta’s provincial plan to end homelessness and the 16% province-wide reduction since 2008
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick’s 30% reduction in emergency shelter use
  • The Mental Health Commission of Canada At Home/Chez Soi Housing First project in five Canadian cities
  • Renewal of the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy, refocused on Housing First

The State of Homelessness also offers six recommendations including:

  1. Communities should develop and implement clear plans to end homelessness, supported by all levels of government.
  2. All levels of government must work to increase the supply of affordable housing.
  3. Communities – and all levels of government – should embrace Housing First.
  4. Eliminating chronic and episodic homelessness should be prioritized.
  5. Ending Aboriginal Homelessness should be prioritized as both a distinct category of action and part of the overall strategy to end homelessness.
  6. Introduce more comprehensive data collection, performance monitoring, analysis and research.

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness will be hosting Canada’s first National Conference on Ending Homelessness October 28 to 30, 2013 in Ottawa at the Delta Ottawa Centre Hotel.

For more information on the conference, or to register visit

Invitation: August 21st 2013 – Montréal Development Plan (In French)

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L’Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal (IPAM) est heureux de vous inviter à une table-ronde ayant pour sujet le Plan de développement de Montréal.

Cette rencontre se tiendra dans les bureaux de Rayside Labossière, au 1215 rue Ontario est (Montréal), le mercredi 21 août 2013, de 17h à 19h, dans un contexte informel de type « 5 à 7 ».

Comme vous n’êtes pas sans savoir, Montréal adoptera prochainement son Plan de développement, lequel  fait suite au Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD) et auquel s’arrimera le prochain Plan d’urbanisme. Étant donné l’importance de ce document, qui définit la vision pour le Montréal de demain, l’IPAM croit important d’offrir aux membres de la société civile, aux élaborateurs du Plan et aux élus une occasion de partager leurs idées et réflexions sur le sujet. Loin de vouloir se substituer à la démarche de l’Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), l’objectif de la rencontre est d’échanger librement pour enrichir notre compréhension collective des enjeux et des éléments de vision porteurs, en plus de permettre aux parties prenantes du développement montréalais de se connaître et de comparer leur point de vue.

Deux principales questions seront traitées :

  • Les éléments forts du Plan qui constituent la base de réflexion et à partir desquels travailler
  • Les aspects à ajouter, à bonifier ou à corriger pour réaliser un Plan à l’image de Montréal

Afin de maximiser le temps de discussion, prenez note qu’aucune présentation du Plan de développement ne sera faite en introduction. Le Plan et tous les documents liés à la consultation sont disponibles sur le site de la Ville de Montréal et sur le site de l’OCPM :,84077570&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Les places étant limitées, nous vous serions gré de confirmer votre présence le plus rapidement possible au

Au plaisir de compter parmi nous  le 21 août.

Ron Rayside, secrétaire de l’IPAM