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Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

The Southwestern Ontario HUB is co-led by Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, London Community Foundation and WindsorEssex Community Foundation, in partnership with Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Sarnia Community Foundation and Sunset Community Foundation supported by Centre Wellington Community Foundation, Dufferin Community Foundation, Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation and Oxford Community Foundation.

As Canadians continue to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities.


We are pleased to announce that the Southwestern Ontario HUB has provided funding to support 28 projects in SouthwesternOntario areaas part of the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. Through the $31-million Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, the Government of Canada, alongside Community Foundations of Canada, is building safer spaces and ensuring a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

The Southwestern Ontario HUB are supporting the following organizations or projects led by the following organizations as part of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch
  • Downtown Simcoe BIA
  • Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative
  • Elora Centre for the Arts
  • Goderich Rotary Club
  • Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre
  • Grey County
  • Guelph Hiking Trail Club
  • Huron Shores United Church / Grand Bend Place
  • Hutton House
  • Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
  • London Public Library
  • Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation
  • Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston
  • Nshwaasnangong Child Care & Family Centre (SOAHAC)
  • Old Town Hall Association
  • Optimist Club of Aylmer
  • Pat the Dog Theatre Creation
  • Saugeen Shores Community Food Bank
  • Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  • The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh
  • The Corporation of the Township of Pelee
  • The Working Centre
  • Township of Zorra
  • West Elgin Community Health Centre
  • Windsor Public Library
  • Woolwich Community Health Centre
  • Zorra Recreation Advisory Committee

visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca to see the Healthy Communities Initiative projects that have received funding from coast to coast to coast.

Round 2 (Please note Granting is now Completed and the portal is closed)
Organizations can apply to the second round of the Healthy Communities Initiative between May 14, 2021, at 9:00 AM through June 25, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. 

The Southwestern Ontario HUB is providing approximately $800,000 in funding to support projects in the Southwestern Ontario Region as part of the second round of the Canada Health Communities Initiative. The Healthy Communities Initiative is funding projects between $5,000 and $250,000 that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. If you are interested in applying to the second round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, we invite you to:

–Read the Applicant Guide to learn more about the Initiative and the application process;
– Visit the Resource Library to explore helpful tools including the Equity Guidance and a screencast of the application process

COVID-19 has seriously 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 CFC, the Government of Canada, and other community foundations in South Western Ontario to provide $1.3 million of funding to support organizations 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. Round One applications closed on March 9, 2021. Round two opened on May 14, 2021, and closes on June 25, 2021. The South Western Ontario HUB will be providing approximately $800,000 in funding during round two. There is also a national funding application available in both rounds.

Visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants, and sign up for community mobilization sessions. 

Who can apply?

The Healthy Communities Initiative supports communities as they create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces to respond to ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next   two years.

What type of projects are eligible for funding?

Healthy Communities Initiative projects 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 the general public or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 ; and,
  • fall within the three Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas.

What projects are ineligible for funding?

Examples of ineligible projects include but are not be limited to:

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities
  • Research projects where findings are not, or are not intended to be, tangibly applied as an outcome of the project. For example, carrying out a feasibility study without intending to carry out the project.
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Projects that solely sponsor other organizations’ events or activities
  • Research and development for a for-profit endeavour
  • Projects that benefit only private interests or are implemented only on private property
  • Projects that promote a for-profit entity or its products and service.