Join us at YIMBY 2013


The Centre for City Ecology is presenting the 6th annual YIMBY Festival on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 from 11am to 4pm. This year, the festival will be held in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, easily accessible from Yonge and Bloor.

Our city has a rich history of civic engagement. At YIMBY, community groups from across Toronto turn the table on politicians and policy makers, and educate them and each other about the unique issues that face Toronto communities. YIMBY provides a social space for community groups, politicians and neighbours to meet each other in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.

YIMBY provides community organizations, politicians and Torontonians the opportunity to gather, exchange ideas, and imagine their future city. It’s a chance to celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities. Your group can make a difference and we look forward to having you participate this year.

Why is the YIMBY Festival important?

Local residents know the most about the needs and challenges of their neighborhoods. It’s time to recognize the importance of cooperation and collaboration in the planning process.

The festival was founded by Christina Zeidler in 2006 as a result of her work with neighbourhood groups who were responding to widespread unchecked development. She realized that many neighbourhood groups were presumed to engage in antagonistic relationships that pit local communities against city policy makers, and were being unfairly labeled as part of a NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) movement. YIMBY recognizes that neighbourhood groups are often the force behind positive neighbourhood change. This festival is about celebrating the diverse range of city-builders that we have here in Toronto, and providing a space where gaps can be bridged and relationships can be formed.

Over the past 6 years, the YIMBY Festival has featured groups working on civic engagement in urban planning and development, residents associations, food security issues, secure housing, mental health, arts and culture, local economic development, and more.

Watch our video from the previous YIMBY Festival:


This year’s participants will include:

Showcase your work by hosting a table

YIMBY 2011

Craft Divas of Mount Dennis’s table at YIMBY 2011

Are you a community group who is working to enhance the quality of life in your own neighbourhood? Do you have unique ideas that meet local needs? If the answer is yes, you should have a table at the YIMBY Festival.

Last year YIMBY included over 45 associations and hundreds of visitors including policymakers and politicians who came to listen to YOU. Your participation in YIMBY will:

  • Create a broader awareness of your work—the event will be attended by policy-makers, politicians, and community members from around Toronto
  • Allow you to share strategies with other community, neighbourhood and advocacy groups and associations
  • Offer a relaxed, fun atmosphere to showcase your group
  • Build new connections with potential volunteers and participants

Apply today to host a table at YIMBY 2013! The cost to register for a display table is $25 + HST per organization.

Attend the YIMBY Festival

No RSVP necessary! Anyone is welcome to drop by between 11am and 4pm. We’ll have a kids’ table available for our youngest Torontonians. Find directions to the Toronto Reference Library.

Want more information?

We would love to hear from you and chat about how you can become involved in the YIMBY Festival.

Read the event recap here.

The YIMBY Festival happens annually.

Find out more about YIMBY Festival.