Expertise

Community Engagement

Our dedicated community engagement team works collaboratively with planners, urban designers, clients and communities. 

It’s important for people to understand what’s happening in the spaces where they live and work, particularly when change is on the horizon. For many, the planning process can be confusing.

That’s where we come in.

  • Tailored Strategies
    Community engagement helps to create a strong foundation for any planning project, with strategies that are tailored to the needs of the client and the community.
  • Translating Complexity, Building Access
    In many ways, we are translators who provide access for communities to understand the process and its inner workings.
  • Opening Channels for Community Voices
    We find ways to create a fair and transparent platform where people can engage and share their thoughts, and provide a direct channel for communities to interact with the people who are proposing change. 
  • Tools of Engagement
    Stakeholder and public engagement sessions, workshops, open houses, urban design charrettes, visioning sessions and surveys are just a few of the tools we use.
  • Project Websites
    We create dedicated project websites that feature highlights, FAQs and application materials that provide clarity and a view to the big picture. 

“We aim to be the go-to firm for communications and messaging when it comes to the planning process. Toronto and other municipalities have a lot of challenges around that. We really try to simplify the process for people.”

– Community Engagement Specialist


Our community engagement specialists operate in a team learning environment.

We share resources and experience, working creatively with architects, designers and planners to develop strategies and materials that bring projects to life.

Our collaborative approach also includes internal capacity building, helping our planners with in-person presentations with community members.

Most of our community engagement specialists have a background in planning with a real understanding of the planning process and how those areas of expertise work together.


Learn more about Bousfields planning services

Projects

1 Front

Planning for growth. Building on history.

6 Dawes

Creating connections for an emerging community.

CG Tower

An iconic landmark designed to change a city.

625 Church

Honouring the past to meet the needs of a modern community.

Connect with us

“Landmark Toronto office tower granted new life as residence after special exemption”.

Check out the Toronto Star article featuring Bousfields Associate, Alex Savanyu, where he discusses the recent approval of the 69 Yonge planning application at City Council. Congratulations to the entire project team on this exciting milestone!

Read the full article at the link in bio.
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“Landmark Toronto office tower granted new life as residence after special exemption”.

Check out the Toronto Star article featuring Bousfields Associate, Alex Savanyu, where he discusses the recent approval of the 69 Yonge planning application at City Council. Congratulations to the entire project team on this exciting milestone!

Read the full article at the link in bio.
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We’re #hiring for Urban Planner and Urban Designer positions! Visit bousfields.ca/careers for more info and email careers@bousfields.ca to apply.
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We’re #hiring for Urban Planner and Urban Designer positions! Visit bousfields.ca/careers for more info and email careers@bousfields.ca to apply.
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Don’t miss this upcoming @uli_toronto discussion on What Ontario Can Learn from Australia’s Emerging #TransitOrientedCommunities featuring Bousfields Partner Caitlin Allan.

Caitlin will be joined by a number of our esteemed industry colleagues at Hatch, @translink, @brookfieldproperties and QIC.

Looking forward to the presentation and discussion!

Register at the link in bio.
Don’t miss this upcoming @uli_toronto discussion on What Ontario Can Learn from Australia’s Emerging #TransitOrientedCommunities featuring Bousfields Partner Caitlin Allan.

Caitlin will be joined by a number of our esteemed industry colleagues at Hatch, @translink, @brookfieldproperties and QIC.

Looking forward to the presentation and discussion!

Register at the link in bio.
We are pleased to announce some exciting promotions!
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#congratulations #promotions #celebrate #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #toronto #hamilton #ontario
We are pleased to announce some exciting promotions!
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#congratulations #promotions #celebrate #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #toronto #hamilton #ontario
✨Wishing everyone a festive holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2024! The Bousfields Office will be closed from December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive.

Pictured: some fun photos from this year’s office holiday party, including Tony Volpentesta delivering the annual speech on behalf of the Partners. Thank you to @mercatto.to for hosting us!
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✨Wishing everyone a festive holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2024! The Bousfields Office will be closed from December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive.

Pictured: some fun photos from this year’s office holiday party, including Tony Volpentesta delivering the annual speech on behalf of the Partners. Thank you to @mercatto.to for hosting us!
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#holidayparty #toronto #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement
Over the course of 2023, Bousfielders were fortunate to travel and experience places near and far. 

Swipe to see a sample of some of the amazing photos shared as part of a recent event our DEI Committee hosted, where we discussed what new perspectives our travels brought us this year.

Bonus points if you can guess where some of these photos were taken!
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Over the course of 2023, Bousfielders were fortunate to travel and experience places near and far.

Swipe to see a sample of some of the amazing photos shared as part of a recent event our DEI Committee hosted, where we discussed what new perspectives our travels brought us this year.

Bonus points if you can guess where some of these photos were taken!
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#urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #travel #newperspectives
🎉it’s here! We invite you to #engage with our brand new website!

🖥️ Check it out at www.bousfields.ca

Special shout-out to Premise for all of their work bringing this new website to fruition!
🎉it’s here! We invite you to #engage with our brand new website!

🖥️ Check it out at www.bousfields.ca

Special shout-out to Premise for all of their work bringing this new website to fruition!
💡Wait until you see what we have been #designing. Coming soon!
💡Wait until you see what we have been #designing. Coming soon!
👀We have something exciting we’ve been #planning. Stay tuned!
👀We have something exciting we’ve been #planning. Stay tuned!
Bousfields Partners were thrilled to be hosted in style yesterday by our colleagues @neufarchitectes. A wonderful conversation hearing about Neuf's recent 50th anniversary experience as Bousfields looks ahead to our own milestone 50 years!
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Bousfields Partners were thrilled to be hosted in style yesterday by our colleagues @neufarchitectes. A wonderful conversation hearing about Neuf`s recent 50th anniversary experience as Bousfields looks ahead to our own milestone 50 years!
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#montreal #toronto #urbanplanning #urbandesign #communityengagement #architecture
This past week marks 20 years that our Senior Operations Coordinator, Kelly Hudson, has been with Bousfields! A huge thank you from everyone here at Bousfields for everything you do!

Join us in congratulating Kelly on this incredible milestone 🎉
This past week marks 20 years that our Senior Operations Coordinator, Kelly Hudson, has been with Bousfields! A huge thank you from everyone here at Bousfields for everything you do!

Join us in congratulating Kelly on this incredible milestone 🎉
In honour of #NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation and #OrangeShirtDay, our Toronto and Hamilton offices continued our learning by hosting an Indigenous Book Club, where we read and discussed ‘Indigenous Toronto: Stories that Carry this Place’. In particular, we discussed “A Story About the Toronto Purchase” by Margaret Sault as well as “The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto” by Rebeka Tabobondung and Erica Commanda. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve read this book, and/or if have any recommendations on what we should read next!

#NDTR
In honour of #NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation and #OrangeShirtDay, our Toronto and Hamilton offices continued our learning by hosting an Indigenous Book Club, where we read and discussed ‘Indigenous Toronto: Stories that Carry this Place’. In particular, we discussed “A Story About the Toronto Purchase” by Margaret Sault as well as “The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto” by Rebeka Tabobondung and Erica Commanda. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve read this book, and/or if have any recommendations on what we should read next!

#NDTR