Director Applications: Now Open!

Interested in becoming a Director of the Public Good Initiative? Director Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 year. The applications can be found here and a description of the Director roles can be found here. Please note, that applicants must be enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at the School of Public Policy and Governance.

Applications will be accepted until March 30. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on April 2 and interviews will take place on April 6.

Please email with any questions.

Consultant Applications: Now Open!

Interested in becoming a Consultant for the Public Good Initiative? Applications are now open!

PGI is seeking seeking creative, analytical SPPG students who are looking to apply their policy skills outside the classroom and make a positive contribution to the policy capacity of the non-profit sector. The PGI has selected 11 amazing projects and is now looking for Consultants for the 2017-2018 year!

Consultants will be in teams of 2-4 students and will commit approximately 3 hours a week to their project. Projects will last from October 2017-April 2018 and will be showcased at an end-of-year PGI event where faculty, students, consultants, clients and the community will be invited.

This is a great chance to gain policy consulting experience while supporting the policy and research capacity of the non-profit sector! Applications are due September 15th at 11:59pm, see our Consultant page for more details.

Please email with any questions.


2017-2018 Client Handbook and Application are now available!

2017-2018 Client Handbook and Application are now available!

Are you part of a non-profit or social-sector organization seeking pro bono policy advice? We pair community organizations with student consultants from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto to provide policy support on a topic of the organization’s choosing. Our partner organizations are involved in dynamic and diverse policy areas, just like our student consultants.

If you are interested in partnering with the PGI, the 2017-2018 Application is now available. Applications will be accepted starting July 17, 2017 and ending August 14, 2017.

For any questions and additional information, please consult our Client Handbook or contact the PGI.

To obtain a word document version of our application, please contact


Event: YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard)

PGI is excited to be participating in YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) Toronto this weekend! YIMBY is a full-day festival that brings together organizations that aim to drive grassroots, locally-driven community development in Toronto.

As opposed to NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) sentiments, YIMBY instead creates a space for these organizations to share ideas and communicate with city policy makers for positive change – not be pitted against them.

YIMBY is open to the public and admission is free! It will be taking place at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management building at 55 Dundas St. W. this Saturday October 31st from 11am to 3pm. PGI will have a table set up at the event, along with several other like-minded groups and activities to join in on. We invite you to come browse some of the exciting initiatives in your city! Whether you’re looking to get involved, looking to collaborate, or just curious, it’s sure to be a great event.

Check out their website for more details: 


EVENT: Community Mural

Feeling artsy? A new community mural is going up at Coxwell and Danforth in Toronto’s east end. Throughout the month of September, you can join East End Arts and acclaimed artist Sean Martindale to help create an engaging piece to reflect the neighborhood’s ongoing transformations. No experience is necessary to get involved!

Check out the Facebook event page and website for more information!





Community Wealth Building: The Prosperous Province

A great collaborative series was recently released by University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre and the Atkinson Foundation titled “The Prosperous Province”. The research paper duo takes a look at case studies in Toronto and elsewhere to explore two model strategies for community wealth building: anchor institutions and community benefit agreements. Find the reports online:

Nevena Dragicevic on Anchor Institutions


Andrew Galley on Community Benefit Agreements 

Don’t have time to read the full reports? Check out the Mowat Centre’s “Too Long; Didn’t Read” post on social procurement. Nevena Dragicevic gives you the run-down on its potential for Toronto’s Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy:

“One of Toronto’s most powerful tools to address poverty is also the most overlooked”




Event: Measurement for Quality Improvement!

Here’s a great event for those of you interested/involved in program evaluation! Click here for more information/ registration.

Here’s the description:

Brigette Hales, Manager, Patient Safety & Performance Improvement

from Sunnybrook Health Sciences

will be presenting and sharing WHEN, HOW and WHAT to measure in your quality improvement work.

Measurement is an essential component of quality improvement. Data can tell you where to focus your improvement efforts, how well you’re progressing toward your goals, and can be used to engage and maintain your team’s momentum through the improvement journey!


Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of measurement for quality improvement
  • Select appropriate indicators to measure a quality improvement project
  • Use basic tools to present data effectively
  • Use data to make decisions, communicate, motivate and influence

EVENT: Good Jobs Summit, October 3-5

The Good Jobs Summit is a national dialogue between workers, students, governments, employers and community organizations, with the goal of finding solutions and new approaches to jobs and the economy.

The Summit will feature a number of high profile speakers, workshops and panel discussions, exploring questions of:

  • How can we turn low income, precarious jobs into good jobs?

  • Where will the new good jobs come from?

  • How can young workers and students succeed in Canada’s difficult labour market?

Together, we can find solutions. Let’s get this conversation started.

The Summit will take place in Toronto from October 3-5, 2014. Admission is free.


EVENT: The Role of the Nonprofit Sector in Policy & Systems Change

Incoming consultants… nonprofit aficionados check out ONN’s event The Role of the Nonprofit Sector in Policy & Systems Change.  

Where: Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (U of T), 252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station)

When: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 (noon-1:30PM)


Cathy Taylor (Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network),
Heather Laird (Policy Lead, Ontario Nonprofit Network)