City Studio builds relationships between the post-secondary institutions,
the City and communities through responsive, innovative programming.
City Studio is here for many years to come helping to contribute
to a livable, just, resilient city rooted in human, social
and ecological interdependence.

City Studio Victoria is an inclusive, creative place that
inspires and engages students, city staff and community members
as they learn by working together on projects, generating
ideas, and exploring complex urban systems.

CityStudio Victoria is an innovation hub where staff,
university students and community members co-create,
design and launch projects on the ground.

In October 2015, Victoria City Council adopted an economic action plan, Making Victoria: Unleashing Potential. The Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity developed this plan through a collaborative community process, which included input from the three local post – secondary institutions.

One of the six economic engines identified in Making Victoria is Advanced Education, Research and Development. Metric for this engine include: increase in number of students who find well-paying jobs in Victoria after graduation; increase in co-op placements in Victoria businesses and organizations; increase in local use and commercialization of products and technologies developed in post-secondary institutions; increase in number of interdisciplinary courses and research projects that meet a community need. Making Victoria identifies the creation of CityStudio Victoria based on CityStudio Vancouver to kick start delivery on these metrics.

In November 2015, a mere month after adoption of Making Victoria, representatives from Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the University of Victoria and the City of Victoria met to get moving on CityStudio Victoria. In January 2016, representatives from the three post-secondary institutions and the City of Victoria hosted a workshop presented by Duane Elverum and Janet Moore of CityStudio Vancouver to move forward and solidify our vision. We’re moving quickly to realize Canada’s second CityStudio.


Sometimes it’s inside, sometimes it’s on street, in some cases it’s on a
vacant lot being reimagined for something new. A storefront operated by
the City of Victoria at 742 Johnson recently became the new home of
CityStudio Victoria.

Earlier this year, Biketoria, a University of Victoria urban geography course
focused primarily on planning and designing a new cycling network in the
Capital City was offered in this new downtown classroom shared by
Camosun, Royal Roads and the University of Victoria.

742 Johnson Street, Victoria. BC