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the Pivot Hub is now live!

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COVID-19 has brought our lives to a halt and dramatically shifted everything. We’re seeing the highest rates of youth unemployment in Canadian history. Young people are bearing the brunt of this crisis with the doubling of closed schools and precarious work environments, as well as massive interruptions to social connection and support services. Cities can feel like closed, isolated, dire and un-youthful places. Pivot 2020 comes in response to this current reality and was created to support young people in driving how we come back from it. We know the power of young people to generate momentous change, and we need that energy and capacity for innovation to pivot from isolation, fear and despair to hope, opportunity, renewal and connection.

why now?

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Pivot 2020 is a deep urban exploration and information gathering project. Originally, led by 1,200 young people in 27 cities across Canada who collected data through surveying youth, interviewing community members, and collecting benchmark information on the issues that matter to them most. Through the project, the Pivot team learned more about city-building and developed future employment skills, while connecting to a network of other young people invested in similar ideas. Now the findings are informing the creation of an open and accessible database grounded in priorities and opportunities determined by youth that can be used by planners, organizations, governments and more to make our cities bigger, brighter and better for all post-COVID.

what is it?

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SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre For Dialogue
Youful Cities
Canadian Council For Youth Prosperity
Tamarack Institute
Institut du nouveau monde
Canadian Urban Institute

connect with us

We are looking for community partners in each of our 27 cities to support team members locally. If you’re interested in collaborating, please reach out.

This program is led by Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Youthful Cities and the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, and funded by the Government of Canada.

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our work

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our cities

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Our survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.


One of the researched products we used was a survey. We surveyed youth between the ages of 15-29 who wanted to share their ideas, concerns and experiences about the city they lived in. The data collected from the survey responses will be used to populate an open and accessible online database, The Pivot Hub, which can be used as a tool for city builders to include young people’s insights and ideas in their recovery plans post-pandemic.

Have questions or want to connect further? Reach out!

please note

This survey contains questions on topics such as policing, public health, ableism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia. These are sensitive areas to discuss and explore, and also matters where this survey data can help to better understand how young people feel about these topics and inform real change. Please note that you are able to leave the survey at any time, but all data inputted up to that point, will remain - we invite you to take care as you move through it.