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Canada Health Communities Initiative

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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We’re now accepting applications for a new Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

COVID-19 has seriously impacted our access to and use of public spaces, which are the glue of our communities. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected. The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support organizations in Toronto, York Region, and Durham Region 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 and the Government of Canada and Durham Community Foundation to provide $2,088,820 of funding to support organizations that are showing creativity and resourcefulness in creating solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting public health measures.  


Timelines, Application Details and Information Session


Organizations can apply from February 9, 2021 until March 9, 2021, at 5:00 pm PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021. Visit to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions. Included online is a list of FAQs. Watch the recording of our online information session we had on Thursday, February 17th, 2021 here.  




A broad range of organizations including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits are all welcome to apply for funding. For the full list of eligible organizations please see the Applicant Guide. Funding can be used for adapting public spaces, or for programming or services that respond to COVID-19 and serve the public or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Projects funded as part of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will:

  • respond to identified needs arising from impacts of COVID-19;
  • create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces in the public interest;
  • demonstrate consideration of and connections with the community;
  • serve and be accessible to the public and/or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (more information in the Applicant Guide); and
  • fall within the three Canada Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas (more information in the Applicant Guide).

Examples of eligible projects include pop-up bike paths, community gardens, art installations or Wi-Fi hot spots. A comprehensive list of examples can be found in the Applicant Guide. For any additional questions please email