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COVID-19 has seriously affected our access and use of public spaces which are the glue to our communities. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of COVID-19. We are proud to be working with Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada and other local community foundations (the “Golden Horseshoe Hub”) to provide over $1.8 million funding to support organizations who are creating solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting public health measures.

The program will support projects that transform public spaces to connect people and improve health.

  • Creating safe and vibrant public spaces: Projects that improve open spaces, parks, commercial main streets, and access to other public spaces. For example, these projects could create new pedestrian zones, revitalize an alleyway or build a pop-up ice rink.
  • Improving mobility options: Projects that provide transportation options or adaptations for people to stay safe and physically distant while walking, biking or using public transit access. For example, these projects could add social distancing markings on sidewalks or create traffic calming pop-ups.
  • Digital solutions: Projects that use data and technology in innovative ways to connect people, improve health or facilitate public engagement. For example, these projects could install free public wifi hotspots, develop a mental wellbeing app or use an online platform to create virtual town halls.

With funding starting at $5,000, the Healthy Communities Initiative aims to support local efforts to develop small-scale infrastructure solutions, programming and services for communities across Canada.

Organizations can apply from February 9, 2021, at 1:00 PM EST until March 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021.

Visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions.

Golden Horseshoe Hub

The Golden Horseshoe Hub is led by the Oakville Community Foundation and is a consortium of eight community foundations including: Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation, Brant County Community Foundation, Burlington Foundation, Community Foundation of Halton North, Hamilton Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Mississauga and Niagara Community Foundation.