Pivot 2020 is good work*, changing cities

What is it?

Pivot 2020 is a deep urban exploration and information gathering project led by 1,200 young people in 27 cities across Canada. This network will collect data through surveying youth, interviewing community members, and collecting benchmark information on the issues that matter to them most. Through the project, the Pivot team will learn more about city-building and develop future employment skills, while connecting to a network of other young people invested in similar ideas. The findings will populate an open and accessible database grounded in priorities and opportunities determined by youth that can be used by planners, organizations, governments and more to make our cities bigger, brighter and better for all post-COVID. This program is led by Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Youthful Cities and the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, and funded by the Government of Canada.

Why now?

COVID-19 has brought our lives to a halt and dramatically shifted everything. We’re seeing the highest rates of youth unemployment in Canadian history. Young people are bearing the brunt of this crisis with the doubling of closed schools and precarious work environments, as well as massive interruptions to social connection and support services. Cities can feel like closed, isolated, dire and un-youthful places. Pivot 2020 comes in response to this current reality and was created to support young people in driving how we come back from it. We know the power of young people to generate momentous change, and we need that energy and capacity for innovation to pivot from isolation, fear and despair to hope, opportunity, renewal and connection.

Our Work


Our survey is now live. If you are between the ages of 15-29 and want to share your ideas, concerns and experiences about the city you’d live in, we’d love to hear from you. Data collected from survey responses will be used to populate an open and accessible online database, The Pivot Hub, which can be used as a tool for city builders to include young people’s insights and ideas in their recovery plans post-pandemic.

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please note

This survey contains questions on topics such as policing, public health, ableism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia. These are sensitive areas to discuss and explore, and also matters where this survey data can help to better understand how young people feel about these topics and inform real change. Please note that you are able to leave the survey at any time, but all data inputted up to that point, will remain – we invite you to take care as you move through it.

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