Yes In My Back Yard Festival

An annual festival celebrating a culture of "yes" in Toronto's communities

The YIMBY festival happens annually

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YIMBY 2014

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YIMBY 2013

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YIMBY 2011

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YIMBY 2010

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YIMBY 2007

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The annual YIMBY Festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine their future city. It's an opportunity to celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities in an atmosphere focused on listening, learning and engaging.

Christina Zeidler founded the YIMBY festival in 2006 when she realized that many neighbourhood groups were presumed to engage solely in antagonistic relationships and were unfairly labeled as being part of a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) movement. YIMBY is about promoting the role of neighbourhood groups as a positive force for change.

Toronto has a rich history of civic engagement and community involvement. This one-day event invites community groups from across Toronto to turn the table on politicians and policy makers and to spread understanding about the issues that face each community. This is an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, residents to meet politicians, and politicians to meet community groups, all in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.

YIMBY is now a project of the Centre for City Ecology. For more information, please contact us.

YIMBY 2014

On Saturday, September 27, the seventh annual YIMBY Festival was held at University of Toronto Schools. More than 70 organizations from across Toronto gathered to celebrate a culture of "yes"in our city and share ideas for improving the work of city builders, non-profits, grassroots organizations, and collaborative consumption innovators

YIMBY 2014 Tablers

Find out more about the 2014 tablers and presenters and see photos from the festival here.

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YIMBY Toronto is organized by the Centre for City Ecology. Email us at