Backgrounder: Canada Healthy Communities Initiative


Backgrounder: Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Through the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI), the Government of Canada is providing over $60 million in federal funding to help communities adapt public spaces and local services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to create safe ways for residents to access services and enjoy the outdoors. The CHCI was designed to fund eligible projects between $5,000 and $250,000 that :

  • Create safe and vibrant public spaces
    • These projects create or adapt existing public places such as parks, commercial main streets, and indoor spaces to enable people to participate safely in cultural or physical activities.
  • Improve mobility options
    • These projects deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that allow physical distancing while also making it easier for people to get around in their communities, whether they choose to walk, bike or ride public or private transit.
  • Offer digital solutions
    • These projects provide digital solutions that connect people, facilitate citizen engagement and support delivery of community services and activities. They also use data and information technology to address evolving community needs.

With over $60 million in funding, the CHCI is supporting more than 1000 projects from coast to coast to coast, providing funding to a range of organizations - including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and non-profits - for projects, programming, and services that strengthen communities.

The CHCI has generated significant interest across the country, and communities have shown creativity and resourcefulness in advancing projects that help people to connect and access public spaces safely.

For more information about the CHCI project, please click here

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