The City of Canning’s Enriching Your World - Learning City Strategy 2020-2024 seeks to further the City’s vision, supporting our community to “adapt to change with resilience, grasp opportunities with ingenuity, and respond to challenges courageously and innovatively. We will work collaboratively to facilitate access for all community members to a range of learning initiatives, fostering social harmony through inclusion, connection and celebration of our diversity.”


A key principle of a learning city is the firm belief that communities who learn and grow are better able to innovate and respond to challenges.

Download a copy of the strategy here.
Download a copy of the 2020/2021 Action Plan here.
Download a copy of the 2021/2022 Action Plan here.
Canning’s first Learning City Strategy was adopted in 2016 and since that time the City has invested in a range of learning opportunities for all members of the community.

The first Learning City Strategy 2017-2019: Learning City. Discover. Learn. Engage. Grow can be downloaded here.

Canning the first UNESCO global network learning city in WA

In 2016, the City of Canning started its journey to become the first learning City in Western Australia in by developing the City's first Learning City Strategy, which involved setting a direction for the City's library and community development services, seeking to grow as a dynamic learning city, fostering an inclusive, connected and innovative community.

In September 2022, the City of Canning is the first city in Western Australia and fourth city in Australia to be part of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) an initiative aimed at facilitating lifelong learning through enhancing individual empowerment and social inclusion, economic development and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development.

The City is one in a total of 77 cities from 44 countries to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) in recognition of their outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all at the local level.

This brings the total to 294 cities in 76 countries. 

Some of the notable achievements of the strategy include:
  • Opening of the Hillview Intercultural Community Centre
  • transformation of the City’s Riverton and Willetton Libraries
  • growth programs for young people
  • Suite of business mentoring and business development training
  • Canning’s first Reconciliation Action Plan implemented
  • increase in volunteering opportunities and support
  • partnerships with over 50 other agencies, and
  • strengthened relationships with Canning’s multicultural community and launch of Cultural Ambassadors program

The Enriching Your World - Learning City Strategy 2020-2024 is guided by national and international best practice. It closely aligns to UNESCO Learning Cities, UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Welcoming City Network.  It also aligns to the City’s own Strategic Community Plan and other key strategies and plans to provide a holistic view of community development in Canning.

UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) | City of Canning

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