Toronto needs great ideas for its public spaces. Ideas that are big, bold and unconventional. Ideas from champions, outsiders and geniuses. Ideas that recognize Toronto’s greatness – and its potential for the future.


The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision – the vision to reimagine Toronto’s public spaces and to inject asense of energy, dynamism and reflexivity. How do our public spaces respond to the speed of today’s world, for the generation of tomorrow?

This is your time to be heard. We’re looking for ideas from new and young voices to show the city how public space can better meet the need of our connected and social generation. It’s an open invitation for young people to improve open space for all.

Win up to $20,000 in Total Prizes for Your Vision For Public Space

1. Develop a vision for public space in Toronto in 250 words or less.
2. Create 1 or 2 pdf panels sized 36" by 48" that visually express your vision.
3. Upload an optional video that expresses your vision to Vimeo or Youtube.
4. Review all the competition details and submit your entry.


It’s Our Time To Reimagine Toronto

If you’re under 30, show us your big idea to improve a public space in Toronto and you could take home a $5,000 cash prize. Not only that, the City is ready to listen. You’ll also be given up to an additional $10,000* to work with a team of leading experts and turn your vision into reality. Competition opens April 30 2014. All entries must be submitted by July 31 2014 at 11:59pm.

*Cost of implementation will be provided up to a maximum amount of $10,000. Must be accepted as awarded. No cash substitutions. Subject to terms and conditions.

Submission Guidelines

A clearly represented vision for future of one or more City-owned public space including visuals and a brief (250 word) written rationale or explanation.

Up to two (2) panels sized 36” by 48” including all necessary visual information to clearly express the vision.

An optional accessory video up to three (3) minutes in length may be submitted in addition to the panel(s). Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo with a web ad- dress link provided.

FAQ & Terms & Conditions


Winners of the NXT City Prize will be selected by a high-profile panel of judges that represent the diversity of skills, experience, and ideas that we're looking for.

  • Jennifer Keesmaat

    As the recently engaged Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade, she has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and OPPI for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities. Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and one of the most powerful people in Canada by MacLeans Magazine.

  • Rahul Bhardwaj

    Rahul Bhardwaj is the President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, and has been working to engage philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. In 2012, Rahul’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was twice named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine

  • Zahra Ebrahim

    Founder and Principal of the design think tank, archiTEXT, her work brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of design with social change. Zahra spent two years as an Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, is a board member of St. Stephen’s House and Jane’s Walk, a member of the Faculty of Design at OCADU and is an instructor at MoMA in New York. She was recently nominated as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders to Watch. Her work has been featured in Luminato, Come Up To My Room, Nuit Blanche, Toronto Design Offsite, TEDxTalks, as well as on CBC, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.

  • Sevaun Palvetzian

    Sevaun Palvetzian is the CEO of CivicAction. Prior to joining CivicAction, she served as Director of the Ontario Place Revitalization project and several leadership roles within the Ontario Government. Palvetzian is particularly passionate about creating opportunities for young people, having launched the Youth and New Professional Secretariat, and led the development of several new employment programs including the the award-winning Learn and Work Program for at-risk youth. Prior to her work at the province, Sevaun worked in Washington D.C. for Presidential Classroom and the World Bank Group. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Katimavik Youth Services, as a member of the Advisory Board to the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance, TRIEC, and was a Canada-Germany Young Professionals Leadership Fellow.

  • Sam Crignano

    Sam is the Founding Partner and President of Cityzen, with 28 years of experience in real estate development with extensive expertise in sales and marketing, commercial and investment land assembly, acquisition, planning and development of residential and mixed-use properties. Under Sam’s leadership, Cityzen has cultivated an approach providing complete real estate services which have enabled the company to maximize its competitive advantages and gain a strong foothold in the marketplace. Sam’s remarkable diversity of experience makes him unique amongst his peers and a most valued asset to the industry.

  • Carol Wilding

    Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA, is the President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Over the past seven years, Ms. Wilding has harnessed the energy of Canada's largest urban Chamber of Commerce and its 12,000 members to position the Board as an influential thought leader on key business and public policy issues impacting the Toronto region's globally competitive economy. For her leadership in the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Wilding was awarded the Public Affairs Association of Canada's 2011 Award of Distinction, named to the Top 100 list of Canada's Most Powerful Women for 2010 and a recipient of the Public Sector Excellence Award for Technology. Ms. Wilding also serves as a Director on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Foundation, the ROM and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.