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What is the 11th International Public Markets conference?

The 11th International Public Markets Conference is a three-day event that focuses on new trends and innovations for the preservation and revitalization of public markets internationally.

The conference is organized by Project for Public Spaces and will next take place in Toronto, Canada June 8-10, 2023 with the City of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market and Market City TO as our co-hosts.

What can I expect to see in the program?

An initial program overview will be available in late 2022. If you require a more detailed program example, please refer to the conference agenda from the 10th International Public Markets Conference in London for a general idea of session topics covered at this event.

How much does the conference registration cost?

Registration for the conference will open in early spring 2023 and be accessible through this website. Ticket prices will go up incrementally twice after the initial early rate, so there is benefit to registering early. We will also provide a limited number of scholarships through an application process for those who demonstrate need for support to cover the cost of registration.

What is covered in the cost of registration?

Entrance to all conference activities, multiple coffee/tea breaks, lunch on the first day of the event, refreshments at both the evening reception and closing event, a mobile workshop of your choice, and a market tour of your choice, are included in the total cost of registration.

Who attends the International Public Markets Conference?

The conference will bring together public market leaders, advocates, and representatives from across the globe, including a broad mix of government leaders, market managers, downtown planners, grassroots organizers, local food advocates, transportation experts, health care professionals, and educators.

Will you announce a Call for Proposals?

This year we will be running a Call for Speakers process for a select set of sessions in the program. The application will be open to the public in September 2022 for a limited time. All other session content will be curated by the event organizers. If you’d like to participate in the conference program, please sign up for our mailing list for updates on the proposal process.

Are there scholarships available? Can I volunteer?

Yes, we will run an application for a limited number of scholarships alongside conference registration beginning in spring 2023. If granted, the scholarship will cover the cost of conference registration.

Where can I find information on hotels and travel?

A “Travel Info” page will be made available on this website at the time registration opens in spring 2023, and any additional information that is important for your planning needs will be posted as it becomes available. This page will include information on where to stay, how to get to the main venue, and how to obtain a visa should you need one.

Who is hosting the conference?

Project for Public Spaces has organized the International Public Markets Conference since 1987. Project for Public Spaces is an international nonprofit organization that has worked to revitalize public spaces in communities for more than 40 years. The Market Cities Program evolved out of Project for Public Spaces’ public markets program (first established in 1987) with the mission to strengthen the regional systems behind the market stalls, connecting and supporting a diverse set of stakeholders through research, specialized training, and a network of peers.

The 2023 conference co-hosts are the City of Toronto, the St. Lawrence Market, and Market City TO. The St. Lawrence Market is a world-renowned market first established in 1803. What was once known as Toronto’s original “Market Block” is now the site of the newly established St. Lawrence Market District, which includes St. Lawrence Hall and the North and South Market buildings and functions as a key community hub for governance, trade, and food access for the city. Market City TO is an emerging initiative committed to bringing together and working with market managers and operators to strengthen the public market sector in Toronto and the region for the benefit of managers, operators, vendors, regulators and the city at large.

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