The cross-disciplinary Minor program in Urban Public Policy and Governance equips students with the conceptual tools and methodological skills they will need to understand and analyze processes of city-regional and municipal governance and policy-making in Canadian and comparative perspective. The main emphasis is placed on the policy and governance dilemmas of contemporary local governments and how these are distinct from those experienced at other levels: structural revenue constraints, infrastructure deficits, socio-spatial polarization, competition for investment, inadequate accountability and ethics regimes for politicians and public servants, and the distinctive ways in which local policymaking takes place through public deliberation.

Students completing the Minor program in Urban Public Policy and Governance combined with a Major program in City Studies, Public Policy, Human Geography, Political Science, Economics for Management Studies, History, Critical Development Studies or other relevant programs will be well prepared for graduate studies in public policy and governance, urban planning, and public administration, and for public sector careers at the municipal and provincial levels, or in the non-profit and advocacy sectors.

Program Requirements
This program requires the completion of 4.0 credits as follows:

1. Foundations - 1.0 credit as follows:
[CITB01H3 Canadian Cities and Planning and CITB04H3 City Politics]
[GGRA03 Cities and Environments and GGRB05 Urban Geography]
[POLB56H3 Critical Issues in Canadian Politics and POLB57H3 The Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights]

2. Core courses - 1.0 credit as follows:
CITC12H3 City Structures and City Choices: Local Government, Management, and Policymaking
CITC15H3 Money Matters: How Municipal Finance Shapes the City

3. Applications of Urban Public Policy and Governance - 2.0 credits from the following:
CITC03H3 Housing Policy and Planning
CITC04H3 Current Municipal and Planning Policy and Practice in Toronto
CITC07H3 Urban Social Policy
CITC16H3 Planning and Governing the Metropolis
CITC17H3 Civic Engagement in Urban Politics
CITC18H3 Urban Transportation Policy Analysis
CITD01H3 City Issues and Strategies
CITD10H3 Seminar in Selected Issues in City Studies
GGRB18H3 Whose Land? Indigenous-Canada-Land Relations
GGRC12H3 Transportation Geography
GGRC13H3 Urban Political Geography
GGRC33H3 The Toronto Region
PPGB66H3/​(PPGC66H3/​(POLC66H3) Public Policy Making
PPGC67H3/​(POLC67H3) Public Policy in Canada