Town and Gown Association of Ontario

TGAO Conference 2022

Thanks to our members for attending the The Road Ahead 2022 Conference! Conference recordings are available to members here

A recording of this year's keynote address from Dr. Davarian Baldwin is publicly available on YouTube

ITGA Housing Survey

The International Town and Gown Association and TGAO have launched a survey to gather input from institutional leaders and municipal leaders about town-gown relationships in the context of housing.

Participate in the survey here.

Become a Member

Sign up as a member to access our resource library, mailing list, webinars, and discounts at our annual conference. Support TGAO's work today!

Visit to learn how to sign up and manage your membership experience.

About Us

The Town and Gown Association of Ontario is the trusted, coordinated voice for post-secondary students, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, first responders, residents, and property managers in Ontario communities that host post-secondary institutions. We share information, facilitate connections, and mediate relationships among our diverse group of stakeholders to promote vibrant cohesive communities for everyone.

"Town & Gown" is a term which conveys the relationships between post-secondary institutions - universities and colleges - and the communities that host them. The Town and Gown Association of Ontario (TGAO) evolved out of Town and Gown symposia held in Waterloo, Hamilton and Guelph, Ontario during 2004 and 2005. The continued growth of post-secondary institutions and the subsequent effects on near campus neighbourhoods was the catalyst for these symposia.

At that time, attendees recognized that there were many issues of common interest in town and gown municipalities across the Province that could best be served by partnering efforts and sharing information. Upon direction from the participants at the Hamilton and Guelph symposia, a volunteer working group of interested stakeholders was formed to create the association. The Association became incorporated in February, 2006, and held its first Annual General Meeting on May 12 at the 2006 symposium in Brantford, Ontario.

Board of Directors

The Town and Gown Association of Ontario is governed by representatives from many of Town and Gown's member organizations. The current members of the Board include:

Interested in joining the Board? We are looking for new members with legal, financial, property development, or neighbourhood organizing experience, or holding a staff position at a community college. Reach out to to chat further!