The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) believes strongly in its anchor strategy and driving growth through community partnerships and engagement. As one of the GTA's most influential community members, largest employers and purchasers of goods and services, UTSC believes in building through the anchor institutions framework. By working with other anchor institutions such as the Scarborough Health Network, Centennial College, Toronto Zoo and the Rouge National Urban Park, the University is part of a collective group generating a positive social impact in the Eastern GTA. Leveraging large public-sector institutions to build economic capacity is a primary goal for the Office of Business Operations and Strategic Affairs.

Institutional Partners

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EaRTH District

A consortium of five leading Colleges and Universities from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (Earth District) is committed to providing sector-focused research and comprehensive education to develop innovative, technology driven solutions that will fuel sustainable, resilient communities around the world.  This partnership will develop the region’s clean, green, sustainable technology sectors through research, academic programming and commercialization of advanced technology.





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Ontario Shores

As leading Anchor Institutions in the Eastern GTA, UTSC and Ontario Shores are working cooperatively to explore partnership opportunities in the advancement of knowledge about, and treatment of, mental health disorders.


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Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo and UTSC share complementary priorities in pursuing research and science in the areas of conservation and biodiversity, environmental sustainability and innovation. UTSC and the Toronto Zoo cooperatively and collaboratively pursue research, education and innovations that benefit wildlife, biodiversity and the environment.



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Centennial College

Centennial College has an excellent track record of training skilled workers to meet Ontario’s market demands, and UTSC has established itself as a world-leader in environmental sciences and environmental biology. Together they are working to identify opportunities to strengthen their respective capabilities and leverage industry, academic and government partnerships to design the eastern Greater Toronto Area’s green campus and anchor for Environmental Innovation for the region.


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Rouge National Urban Park

With UTSC being located at the very interface between the urban and natural worlds, both geographically-speaking and in terms of our scientific and educational mandates, UTSC’s longstanding partnership with the Rouge National Urban Park is just a natural fit. It provides UTSC researchers and students a multi-dimensional ecological and cultural resource at our very doorstep, a place of exploration where the ecological stewards and natural scientists of tomorrow will receive a world-class education.


Community Partners

At the cornerstone of our continued success is our dedication to create & sustain ethically responsive partnerships. Collaborations allow us to leverage assets to create sustainable collective impact. By working together across communities, across departments, and across disciplines, feasible ideas emerge that enrich our knowledge and improve our collective results.

To learn more about our partner organizations such as Boys and Girls Club of East, Highland Creek Community Association and TAIBU please visit Community Partnerships & Engagement .

To learn more about UTSC’s Community Partnerships and Engagement efforts here are some of our latest reports:

Community Partnerships & Engagement Annual Report 2023: Collaborative Dreaming

Community Partnerships & Engagement Annual Report 2022: Purposeful Impact