Town & Gown Association of Ontario


Keep up to date with news of current Town-Gown relationships in action!

BCIT and Microsoft launch technology education program for high schoolers

January 17, 2019

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has partnered with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program to teach foundational computational skills for British Columbia’s secondary and high school students. A BCIT release states that the BC branch of TEALS has launched programs at four secondary schools to date. “We are excited and honoured that BC students and teachers are the first in Canada to be a part of this cutting-edge program,” said Minister of Education Rob Fleming. “Our government will continue to support programs like TEALS to ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed, graduate successfully, and find good jobs in BC’s booming tech sector.” 


TGAO National Conference: Call for Programs Now Open

January 11, 2019

Share your ideas and expereinces with stakeholders from across Canada in the Town and Gown equation. Call for programs is now open. From June 3-6, 2019, Brock University, Niagara College and the municipalities of St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, and Niagara-on-the-Lake will host the national TGAO conference in Niagara, Ontario. The theme for the 2019 conference is “Building Bridges”. Our conference theme; “Building Bridges” recognizes the value of the relationships between communities and post-secondary institutions, and seeks to explore the connections between colleges, universities, municipalities, local citizens, and students. The annual TGAO conference gathers stakeholders to discuss the issues surrounding campus and community relations and will focus on sharing of ideas, experiences and methods of best practice. Please visit www.buildingbridgesniagara.ca for more information. Program Proposals are due by: Friday, March 1, 2019.


TGAO Webinar: Introducing a Party Registration Program on your Campus

November 30, 2018

The University of Guelph’s Party Registration is a collaborative program between the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph with the goal of making the City of Guelph a more neighbourly place to live for everyone. Students register their party through GryphLife.ca and agree to have their contact information shared with Guelph Police and the City of Guelph so that there is direct contact information should an issue arise at the party. Students who register participate in a consultation that includes tips related to successfully managing a party and reducing neighbourhood complaints, which will in turn decrease their chance of receiving a nuisance fine. Learn about the University of Guelph's program and how you can set up a program on your campus. The webinar will be hosted on November 30, 2018 from 1 pm to 2 pm. Register at info@tgao.ca