11th International Public Markets Conference

Last June, Toronto hosted the 11th International Public Market Conference, where the City of Toronto announced an official Public Markets Week

Hosted by Project for Public Spaces, in partnership with St. Lawrence Market, the City of Toronto Economic Development Food Cluster Division, and marketcity TO.

The event drew 376 global leaders, including market managers, government, academia, civic society and the private sector from 130 cities and 23 countries. 

It was an incredible event and a milestone in our city's journey to be a Market City! 

The conference allowed Toronto market leaders to collaborate, share ideas, and learn from a global network of peers. The conference showcased Toronto’s grassroots approach to building a Market City, and most importantly, it spurred much-needed action in our city. Check the conference program.

Enjoy this beautiful video and read the Project for Public Spaces Report!

Check our latest blog about Toronto's approach to the conference, and why it's different.

It is all about having a project that allows us to work together and build stronger relationships. That’s why we felt bringing the 11th International Public Market Conference to our city was so important!

What we are doing is not simply a conference! It is a network creation process by which we develop relationships and “small networks” to help us get to where we want to go and build the

Toronto Public Market Week Declaration!

Drum roll, Toronto now has a Public Market Week!

On June 8th, Councillor Shelley Carol announced at the 11th International Public Market Conference that our city had declared the second week in June Toronto's Public Market Week.

From Farmers' Markets to Bazaars, Good Food Markets to Neighbourhood Markets, Antique and Vintage Markets, and also Wholesale Markets like our unique Ontari

Make sure to read Project for Public Spaces Conference's four takeaways!

Click here and if you were a Toronto or Canadian participant, please reach out and share your experience through our social media channels. 

We work with Toronto’s intrepid market managers, vendors, city staff and policy-makers to activate the power of markets.

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Marina Queirolo
Public markets & food systems specialist