As Canadians continue to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities.
Today, the Government of Canada alongside Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Urban Institute and a network of partners including CCEDNet are announcing projects taking place across Canada as part of the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The $31-million Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is building safer spaces and ensuring a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Also today, the second round of the Healthy Communities Initiative will open, until June 25. The Healthy Communities Initiative is funding projects between $5,000 and $250,000 that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations.
Visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca to see the Healthy Communities Initiative projects that have received funding from coast to coast to coast on the project map, and find out more about how to apply for round 2.