We partner with community focused organizations and individuals to support and nurture people-focused change efforts along their trajectory, from concept through to implementation. We’ve developed three thematic areas of activity (convene, consult, create). While we present these areas of activity separately, they are actually related: one activity often leads into the others.




Urban Matters CCC works with governments, NPOs, First Nations, social entrepreneurs, and socially-conscious business leaders to identify, introduce, and scale innovations that address complex social issues. Specifically, we work in areas that fall within the Social Determinants of Community Health framework.



We convert ideas into impact, and concepts into action, addressing the deep-rooted challenges that exist in today’s communities.

Everything we do is practical and outcomes focused.

As a social enterprise, we “connect the dots and untie the knots” between government, non-profits, and the corporate sector through convening with diverse groups, consulting on policy and strategy, and creating social ventures that respond to identified needs in communities.

We build on 40+ years of community development and infrastructure development expertise to work with partners to prototype creative and impactful shifts to current systems, and learn by doing.

Urban Matters is a self-financed social purpose organization (CCC*). That means we don’t only work on solutions – we live and reinvest in the communities where we work. As a Community Contribution Company (CCC), we reinvest 60% of our profits back into community innovation activities and ventures that scale needed solutions.

What is Applied Social Innovation?
Applied – Beyond thought-leadership, we aspire to impact-leadership – we look to apply social innovations and prototype solutions with partners with an appreciation for real-world constraints. Our thought leadership will be achieved by ‘doing’, through successes and failures in delivering outcomes.

Social – We work in social and community development – our clients may range from businesses, to social enterprises, to governments, and not-for-profits, but our target beneficiary will always be the community, and particularly the underserved portions of it.

Innovation – The language of innovation today is often taken to be synonymous with technology changes, our brand of innovation is one that looks to create new and exciting mechanisms for improved outcomes for people. We look to support the creation of prototype projects, enduring structured partnerships, and new actors to create sustainable impact.

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