Canada Healthy Communities Initiative


Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Over $2M being provided to projects in Toronto, York Region and Durham Region for community-led infrastructure projects as part of the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative was created to help communities adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and create safe ways for residents to access services and enjoy the outdoors. It is a $31-million investment from the Government of Canada to support organizations as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the ongoing realities of COVID-19.

Funded projects fall under three main themes: creating safe and vibrant public spaces, improving mobility options, and digital solutions.

Over 650 projects are taking place across the country as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative, including in every province and territory.

Toronto Foundation is proud to be working with Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada and Durham Community Foundation to allocate a total of $2,088,820 over two rounds to projects $5,000 to $100,000 (40% or $835,528 for the first round, and 60% or $1,253,292 for the second round). This funding is supporting organizations in Toronto, York Region and Durham Region that are showing creativity and resourcefulness in creating solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities.

Toronto Foundation was responsible for convening selection committees comprised of diverse community leaders to review and recommend the applications requesting up to $100,000. Our aim for this funding was to be proportional to the populations in each of the geographical regions (Toronto, York Region, and Durham Region). Applications requesting over $100,000 up to $250,000 were reviewed at the local level as well, but then they were reviewed and recommended at the national level by Community Foundations of Canada.



A broad range of organizations including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits were welcome to apply for funding. Funding could 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:

  • 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 are accessible to the public and/or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19; and
  • fall within the three Canada Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas..

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