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. In the first round, community foundations across Canada received over 3,000 applications. 

Below, discover more about the projects that have received funding in round 1.  Please note this data includes projects with signed funding agreements as more funding agreements are signed the data will be updated.

Map of Projects Funded in Round 1

Projects will continue to be added to the map as they sign funding agreements. Please note, this map indicates the organization location and not the location of where the project will take place.

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An overwhelming response from communities

The Healthy Communities Initiative generated significant interest across the country and communities have shown creativity and resourcefulness in proposing projects that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely. The first round of the Healthy Communities Initiative was highly competitive. As communities continue to see the impact of the pandemic, we received over $300M in funding requests for Round 1.

Community-led organizations are having a big impact

As communities across Canada continue to adapt as a result of the pandemic, local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits have been leading the charge in helping communities feel safe, vibrant, and connected. Almost three-quarters of the projects funded in Round 1 are being carried out by registered non-profits including charities. This shift towards community-led groups such as non-profits demonstrates how small-scale innovations can have a big impact in communities to transform public spaces.

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Digital solutions are broadening our understanding of infrastructure

Each funded project falls within one of three project themes in the Healthy Communities Initiative: creating safe and vibrant public spaces, improving mobility options, and digital solutions. The first round of the Healthy Communities Initiative saw a number of digital infrastructure projects. These solutions demonstrate the critical role that digital infrastructure plays in allowing us to gather and connect safely, especially during the pandemic.

Serving communities most impacted by the pandemic

Some communities, including low-income and marginalized communities, feel the pandemic’s impacts more than others. The following data indicates which communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 have been supported through the Healthy Communities Initiative.

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Please Note: The charts show all projects who selected an age group, community group or population served. The charts show the primary group selected in each category. Many projects are intersectional and are serving multiple groups.