Public spaces are the glue in our communities, enabling a feeling of belonging and making them places in which we want to live, work and play. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected. In the last ten months however, COVID-19 has seriously impacted our access and use of public spaces. This is especially true in communities that are already experiencing vulnerability as a result of systemic inequalities.
In the face of the pandemic, individuals, organizations and local governments across Canada have demonstrated enormous ingenuity and creativity in improvising temporary and longer-lasting solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting new public health measures, including social distancing and mask-wearing.
Join us, and a set of fantastic panelists including Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore for a candid conversation on public spaces and COVID-19. From equity-based placemaking and public safety to community development and resilience, you’ll hear from leading placemakers, activists and thinkers who will explore what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next for community-led solutions across Canada. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the forthcoming
Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, a new $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they adapt public spaces for the new realities of the pandemic.
This event will take place in French and English with ASL and LSQ interpretation. A recording of the event will also be made available if you are unable to attend live.
Full panel to be announced soon. Stay tuned!