Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Public spaces make safe, vibrant and connected communities.


Funding Available


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our access and use of public spaces which are the glue to our communities. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected. The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities 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 Canadian Urban Institute, the Government of Canada and other community foundations in the Golden Horseshoe area of Southern Ontario to provide $1,840,190 of funding to support organizations who are showing creativity and resourcefulness in creating solutions that enable people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting public health measures. 

Organizations can apply from February 9, 2021 until March 9, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST. 

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A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021. 


Applicant Information and Webinars

Organizations interested in applying to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative can read the applicant guide here.

Simple ways to create vibrant safe spaces or adapt public places and programming during a pandemic
February 12 @ 12:30 p.m. ET
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Mobility 101: Simple ideas to improve the ways we get places during a pandemic
February 17 @ 12:30 p.m. ET
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Creating safe and lively public space to improve mobility options
February 18 @ 12:30 p.m. ET
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How to write a successful funding application: Tips for first time applicants
February 19 @ 12:30 p.m. ET
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Digital solutions 101: Community digital solutions ideas to support people during a pandemic
February 22 @ 12:30 p.m. ET
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Golden Horseshoe Hub

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) is a national initiative funded by the Government of Canada to create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Golden Horseshoe Hub is led by the Oakville Community Foundation and is a consortium of eight community foundations including: Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation, Brant County Community Foundation, Burlington Foundation, Community Foundation of Halton North, Hamilton Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Mississauga and Niagara Community Foundation.