Round two of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative launches May 14

Join the Canadian Urban Institute, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the Government of Canada on May 14th, at 1pm EST to hear about some funded Round 1 projects and to learn more about how to be a part of Round 2.

This event will take place in French and English with ASL and LSQ interpretation. A recording of the event will also be made available if you are unable to attend live.


The application portal will be open from May 14, 2021, until June 25, 2021. Please refer to the Applicant Guide and our website for additional clarity around eligibility and program details.

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) is a $31 million investment from Infrastructure Canada to support communities as they adapt spaces and services to respond to ongoing needs arising from COVID-19. CHCI is an innovative program funding small-scale, local infrastructure projects to support communities in planning for recovery, and becoming more pandemic resilient.

With the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative coming to a close, community foundations have been able to provide local leadership in a pan-Canadian initiative to create safer, more vibrant and inclusive communities.

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 FoundationBrant County Community FoundationBurlington FoundationCommunity Foundation of Halton NorthHamilton Community FoundationCommunity Foundation of Mississauga and Niagara Community Foundation.

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. 

Burlington Foundation is proud to be a member of The Golden Horseshoe Hub. Led by the Oakville Community Foundation, this hub is a consortium of eight community foundations located across Southern Ontario 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.

The Golden Horseshoe Hub will work together to provide $1,840,190 to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s new $31 million Healthy Communities Initiative and will support community-led organizations in developing local, small-scale infrastructure projects that respond to the immediate needs arising from COVID-19, while building towards a more pandemic-resilient future. 

Organizations are invited to apply for funding between $5,000 and $250,000 to lead projects 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. This could include projects that adapt crosswalks and access to public transport to allow for safe physical distancing, the creation of community gardens, and art installations, and free wifi in targeted public spaces. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations. 

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

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

The Golden Horseshoe Hub is working alongside Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Urban Institute and other partners to serve communities across Canada, including equity-seeking groups interested in applying. 

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