Canada invests $31M in project to revamp public spaces in response to COVID-19

February 24, 2021

The Canadian government is providing the Healthy Communities Initiative $31 million to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. Photo courtesy Community Foundations of Canada[1]
The Canadian government is providing the Healthy Communities Initiative $31 million to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.
Photo courtesy Community Foundations of Canada

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Canadian government to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.

Public spaces are the glue to communities as they enable a feeling of belonging, of social cohesion, and encourage a sense of collective identity. COVID-19 has seriously constrained the access and use of these spaces in communities across Canada, Community Foundations of Canada[2] said on its website. Impacts of the virus have also been extraordinarily uneven, underscoring inequalities across communities and disproportionately impacting those who are already experiencing vulnerability as a result of systemic inequalities.

In the face of these challenges, communities have been resourceful and resilient in improvising temporary and longer-lasting solutions to the challenges of COVID-19. Many are undertaking work for immediate needs but also thinking about how to build pandemic-resilient spaces for the future. People are using new digital solutions to feel connected, safe, and healthy all while respecting public health measures and norms such as physical distancing and mask-wearing.

The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and nonprofits, for projects, programming, and services that help communities:

Organizations can apply to the Healthy Communities Initiative through March 9.

Those interested in applying to the Healthy Communities Initiative are invited to:

A second application round for the Healthy Communities Initiative will take place starting in May.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Opener-8.jpg
  2. Community Foundations of Canada: https://communityfoundations.ca/
  3. Applicant Guide: https://communityfoundations.ca/chci-applicant-guide
  4. resource library: https://communityfoundations.ca/resource-library/
  5. sign up for community mobilization sessions: https://communityfoundations.ca/upcoming-events/

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