News release August 13, 2020 from Infrastructure Canada
Direct help for bright ideas to make safer, pandemic-resilient communities
Healthy communities are places where Canadians have equal opportunities to be active, engaged, and connected. In this extraordinary pandemic, Canadians are discovering new ways to keep residents safe and healthy and to support economic recovery.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to support communities as they deploy innovative new ways to adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.
The initiative will support projects under three main themes:
1. Creating safe and vibrant public spaces - Projects that create new or adapt existing public places such as parks, main streets, and other open spaces that encourage safe social interactions, cultural or physical activities, and local commerce.
2. Improving mobility options - Projects that permit physical distancing through permanent or temporary changes that make it easier for people to walk, bike, access public and private transit, or just meet with other people.
3. Digital solutions - Innovative infrastructure-related projects that address changing community needs through the use of data and connected technologies.
Funding for the Initiative is being repurposed from existing funding for a second Smart Cities Challenge competition to support communities in dealing with the immediate and ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.
Leveraging the great work not-for-profit organizations are already doing across Canada to help communities adapt to COVID-19, funding under the Initiative will be provided to a non-governmental not-for-profit organization, or group of organizations, selected through an open call-for-applications process. The recipient(s) will then work directly with municipalities, local governments, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit community partners to identify and fund homegrown solutions that can be put into place quickly to improve the lives of Canadians.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will create opportunities for community projects through funding that will be provided to one or more non-governmental not-for-profit organizations. Organizations with existing capacity and reach can participate in an open call for applications. Intake for projects will begin only after the organization(s) is/are selected and their Canada Healthy Communities Initiative funding program is established. Municipalities, local governments, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit community partners will be eligible to apply for funding from the selected organization(s).
Additional details on the application process will be available soon.
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