Skip to main content
Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Future City Competitions

Each year, Ontario Tech Engineering Outreach welcomes over 500 students in Grades 7 and 8 to compete in the regional Future City Competition. Students come from the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. In addition, over 60 engineers, community leaders and educators judge the team projects, providing feedback and mentorship.

The Future City Competition is a project-based learning program where students in Grades 7 and 8 imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. The competition uses the Engineering Design Process as a framework to guide students through the creation of their cities. Within this framework, students apply specific project management methods to keep their projects on track. The structure gives students a real-world learning experience they can apply to future challenges in school, work and life.  

This year, Ontario Tech Engineering Outreach is proud to be supporting the Virtual Future City Competition across Canada. 

Click here to learn about the Future Cities Showcase

Click here to learn about the Virtual Experience

Click here to learn about the French Virtual Experience



Students spend approximately four months creating cities that exist at least 100 years in the future and represent the team’s solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Teams are required to submit a city essay, city model, city presentation and project plan.

During the regional competition, the student teams present their city model and presentation to volunteer judges who score the teams. Winning teams are selected based on points earned. In addition, there are also five awards selected by our competition sponsors.

We are pleased to offer this competition with the generous support and collaboration of Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham District School Board, and Engineers Canada, and Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.