Urban Matters CCC helps communities deliver tangible solutions so that people can live happier and healthier lives.
Our team works with governments, social entrepreneurs, and socially-conscious business leaders to identify, introduce, and scale innovations in communities that address complex social issues.
We combine 40+ years of community development experience with social planning and social finance methodologies to achieve results.
Change is hard — we can help.
“Intersectionality is at the core of all Urban Matters’ work:” Talia Ahmad joins the Urban Matters team
Urban Matters is delighted to welcome Talia Ahmad to our team as our Social Health and Well-Being Analyst. Talia is a dedicated community organizer who brings a social justice lens to policy analysis. She’s also a skilled community researcher, adept at navigating...read more
A Pandemic is a Terrible Opportunity to Waste: Local Government and Their Community-serving Sector Partnerships
In Urban Matters’ second Covid webinar, BC and Alberta leaders in the field share experiences, insights and ways forward in the wake of the pandemic. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, local governments and their partners in the community-serving sector were faced with...read more
Urban Matters recently welcomed Brent Wellsch to our team as our Solutions Lab Lead. A systemic designer and strategist, Brent comes to UM from the Government of Alberta, where he helped to establish the Alberta CoLab, one of Canada’s first public-sector innovation...read more
what we’re working on
Community-led Responses to the Opioid Crisis in Fort St. John
Over the past year, Urban Matters has worked with the Fort St. John Community Action Team and Healthy Fort St. John (FSJ) to develop collaborative, community-led responses to the opioid crisis in Fort St. John and the surrounding areas of Northeast BC.
Some of the activities and initiatives include dialogue panels, information pop up booths, “feast and learns” with First Nation communities, documentary screenings, and school presentations.
We are collaboratively building toward activities for the FSJ Overdose Awareness week that aligns with International Overdose Awareness day in August. We are proud to be a member of the FSJ Community Action team and are proud of the way Fort St. John and surrounding communities have banded together for the health and safety of local residents.
To learn more about this work, visit www.healthyfsj.ca
Universal Access Design
In 2017 Urban Matters CCC partnered with Stan Leyenhorst (formerly of the Rick Hansen Foundation) to support the development of Universal Access Design Inc., an accessibility consulting and education social venture. Aspiring toward ‘Access for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time’ Urban Matters CCC provided early stage financial support, mentorship, social venture development expertise, network access and development building, partnership on funded projects together and some early sales development through Urban’s deep connectivity in sectors related to the built environment.
Since 2017, UAD Inc. had expanded and evolved significantly. The company’s team has grown, and they continue to lead accessibility assessment in communities and in the coporate sector. Most recently, UAD Inc., has been working with BC Parks to do accessibility assessments for campsites.
Read more in our recent story, Bringing Wheelchairs into the Wilderness.
PEOPLE Employment Services
Between 2015 and 2017 Urban Matters CCC partnered with Andrew Greer (then of Accelerate Okanagan, a tech accelerator) to support the development and launch of Purppl (PURposeful PeoPLe), a social enterprise accelerator.
Urban Matters CCC provided early seed funding, mentorship, facilities and equipment, credibility, as well as access to the Urban’s network of potential clients in municipalities and NGOs.
Learn more about PURPPLE’s evolution and work on their website.