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Canada Healthy 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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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 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, 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 will support 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 while still respecting public health measures.

Toronto Foundation is responsible for convening selection committees comprised of diverse community leaders to review and recommend the applications requesting up to $100,000. Our aim is for this funding 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 are reviewed at the local level as well, but then they are reviewed and recommended at the national level by Community Foundations of Canada.

See the results of round 1 here.

Round 2 of this grant stream is open now until June 25, 2021 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST. Read more about eligibility below and head to CFC’s site for application details.




A broad range of organizations including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits are all welcome to apply for funding. 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; and
  • fall within the three Canada Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas.

Examples of eligible projects include pop-up bike paths, community gardens, art installations or Wi-Fi hot spots. For any additional questions please email