The Healthy Communities Initiative was 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. 

Below, learn more about the projects and organizations that received funding through CFC during rounds 1 and 2 of the program. 

Funded Projects and Organizations

Through the Healthy Communities Initiative, community foundations from coast to coast to coast received over 6,000 applications. Projects funded will support communities as they continue to adapt and navigate through the pandemic. The initiative highlights the incredible work of local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and nonprofits as they showcase resourcefulness and resilience in the face of COVID-19. 

Projects will continue to be added to the map as funding agreements are signed. Please note, this map indicates the organization’s location and not necessarily the location of where the project will take place. Project descriptions within this map are in the language they were written in by recipients.

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An overwhelming response from communities

As communities continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic, the Healthy Communities Initiative received over $650M in funding requests. 

The need for funding of projects that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely is clear. The Healthy Communities Initiative generated significant interest across the country and communities have shown creativity and resourcefulness in proposing projects that work towards building pandemic-resilient spaces. Both rounds of the Healthy Communities Initiative were highly competitive. CFC continues to advocate for additional recovery support for the charitable sector and welcomes the Government of Canada’s invitation to submit a proposal for the Community Services Recovery Fund.

Community-led organizations are having a big impact

Almost three quarters of the Healthy Communities Initiative projects funded are being carried out by registered non-profits including charities. 

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. 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. This initiative showcases how community-led infrastructure re-thinks social challenges and plays a critical role in providing innovative recovery solutions within communities.

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Digital solutions are broadening our understanding of infrastructure

Digital Solutions are the second most common type of solution in both rounds of the Healthy Communities Initiative.

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. Solutions proposed by organizations 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

People experiencing low income or living in poverty, persons with disabilities, and newcomers are amongst the most served communities in the Healthy Communities Initiative.  

Some communities, including low-income and marginalized communities, feel the pandemic’s impacts more than others. These communities may face systemic barriers, including racism and colonization, that make it difficult to access public spaces safely. The following data indicates which communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 have been supported through the Healthy Communities Initiative.

Communities Served

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Age Group Served

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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.