699,460Residents in Durham Region

3Postsecondary partners

8Local municipalities

1Police Service

About Us

CityStudio is a proven model of experiential learning and civic engagement focused on developing tomorrow's leaders by bringing municipal government to the classroom. CityStudio Durham is a collaboration between the Region of Durham, Durham Regional Police Services, Durham College, Ontario Tech University and Trent University Durham-GTA. By furthering connections between municipal government, academic institutions, and the community, Durham's post-secondary students can apply their skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to real-world challenges facing our community to shape a better future for Durham.

How We Work



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Bring together municipal staff

Bring together municipal staff to develop project concepts aligned with the Strategic Plan

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Match projects with schools

Use a web portal to share project concepts with partner academic institutions

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Design projects together

Staff work directly with students and faculty to complete projects

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Launch projects

Experiment with ideas, gather data or pilot a solution

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Share and scale projects

Host a showcase event where students, staff, community and elected officials connect to share and plan to implement ideas

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Collaborate With Us

Are you interested in working together to co-create projects that will make our Region a better place?


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Success Stories

Read about past collaborations between the municipal government and Durham’s post-secondary institutions.


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Learn more about the work that CityStudio Durham has done across the region.


CityStudio Durham Partners

CityStudio Durham Partners

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