On January 26 and 27, 2017, the Citizen Empowerment Project and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal hosted the Creating Opportunities Summit at York University in Toronto. The purpose of the Summit was to explore local, regional and national economic development issues in Canada. The focus was on strategies, initiatives and policies that can create opportunities for economic prosperity and remove barriers to inclusion for disadvantaged and underserved communities, and particularly for youth seeking educational and employment opportunities.
Over the course of two days, the Summit addressed the following economic development issues: transportation and transit, housing, youth employment, social procurement, community benefit agreements, entrepreneurship, pro bono business law, financial literacy, business improvement areas, technological innovations and government regulation. The Summit sought to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial by looking at the best examples we have across the country for furthering social and economic development and prosperity, and looking forward to how we can continue to create opportunities for youth into the 21st century.