Infrastructure Canada and Community Foundations of Canada announce support for communities in Vancouver through the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative
OTTAWA, ON, June 10, 2021 / CNW / – As Canada advances in the fight against COVID-19, Canadians are eager to resume the activities they love and access the services they need. To ensure the safety and health of residents, support economic recovery, create jobs and build vibrant and resilient communities, local governments and community partners across the country are implementing creative ways to improve the quality of life of residents. people now and after the pandemic.
Today, the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Hedy fry, MP for Vancouver Center and Christine buttkus, Executive Director of the Surrey Cares Community Foundation to announce funding for projects under the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative that will benefit residents of Metro Vancouver. Were also present Sophie suderman, executive director of the Pedal Foundation, Teka Everstz, national coordinator at the DUDES Club Society, and Karen lee morgan, Artistic Director, Health Arts Society. The projects announced today are among more than 250 projects funded following the first round of applications.
Safe and dynamic public spaces
With almost $ 75,000 in federal funding, from Burnaby Nikkei Garden will set up a local farmer’s market open to the public that will offer fresh, local and culturally appropriate food options in a safe outdoor setting that respects public health guidelines. The funds will also support security upgrades and restorations so that the garden and the market can be enjoyed by all.
Improved mobility options
Federal funding of $ 66,000 will support the Pedal Foundation’s Oppenheimer Park Bike Repair Clinics Project, which will provide Oppenheimer Park bike repair clinics to help ensure people who live in that of Vancouver Downtown East Side can keep their bikes tuned and active as well as get to work and access social media and support services.
With federal funding of $ 95,000, the DUDES Club Society will expand and adapt its virtual platforms to create opportunities for men in more than 200 locations, including 10 men’s correctional centers, to connect and support each other through online communities. In particular, this project will help marginalized men disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to continue to meet in peer spaces that promote the physical and mental well-being of Indigenous men.
More … than $ 64,000 Federal funding will help support the bereavement and bereavement programs of the BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association by allowing them to host their symposium and conduct outreach activities virtually. Grieving and grieving struggles have been exacerbated by COVID-19, making projects like this all the more important. The funds will also support the development of a web page dedicated to bereavement and bereavement resources to support people in mourning.
Federal funding of $ 43,000 support the Canadian Environmental Conservation Promotion Society’s Farm to Fork project. The free online platform will act as a virtual farmer’s market that will aggregate orders for locally grown produce and offer ‘pay what you can’ and ‘pay next’ options. This project benefits both marginalized people who struggle to access fresh food and farmers who have been negatively affected by restaurant closures.
With federal funding of $ 50,000, the Health Arts Society will develop a new online portal from which seniors living in retirement communities can access Concerts in Care – weekly concerts recorded on video by local musicians and artists to replace in-person performances. The digital switchover will allow seniors to Vancouver and neighboring rural communities to access and enjoy music from their homes during the pandemic and after public health restrictions are lifted.
The Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative is a $ 31 million investment to build safer spaces and ensure a better quality of life for people across the country, helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
A second call for funding applications under the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative is open until the close of June 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Applicants can apply for funding ranging from $ 5,000 at $ 250,000 for eligible projects.
“The pandemic has affected the ability of people of all ages to connect and communities across the country have found innovative solutions to support the well-being of residents. Federal funding supports major initiatives through Vancouver, from a bicycle repair clinic in Oppenheimer Park to help residents stay active outdoors, to videotaped concerts for seniors living in retirement so they can safely enjoy them. The Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative supports projects across the country that build more inclusive communities and ensure a better quality of life for Canadians. “
The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role that public spaces play in connecting our communities. After more than a year of public distancing, our communities need new, innovative public spaces that respond to the realities of the pandemic. I am delighted to see them projects move forward and directly testify to their role in building more vibrant, resilient and safer communities.
Hedy fry, MP for Vancouver Center
“The Oppenheimer Bicycle Repair Clinic Project will benefit downtown members by making sure their bikes are in good working order. For people in vulnerable situations, access to transport can make the difference between the possibility of earning an income, of accessing their support networks. , social services and leading an active life. “
Sophie suderman, executive director of the Pedal Foundation
“Public spaces are the glue of our communities: they allow a feeling of belonging and social cohesion. They are a big part of what makes communities safe, vibrant and connected. As regions of southern British Columbia face increased isolation from COVID-19, these Healthy Communities Initiative projects will help our community connect safely and benefit the well- mental and physical being of our residents. “
Christine buttkus, Executive Director of the Surrey Cares Community Foundation
“The Health Arts Society’s Concerts in Care program acts as an intermediary between the professional music community and the elderly audience in long-term care facilities, retirement communities and other facilities. Our audiences represent the demographic hardest hit by COVID-19, and in this time of isolation, we’re reaching out with “Concerts in Care Online,” weekly virtual concerts on our dedicated platform. The recent Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative grant has been invaluable in helping us stay in touch with our audience. We are extremely grateful to SurreyCares Community Foundation, the government of Canada and Minister McKenna for this generous contribution. Thank you!”
Raymond Aucoin, Director General, Society for the Arts of Health
“With funding from the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative, the DUDES Club will continue to grow and build relationships with community organizations, Indigenous Nations and regional health authorities. We are a proud and diverse mix of male, male, male, queer, and gender nonconforming individuals. All continue to access both Western and Indigenous approaches to wellness, come to terms with and heal from the intergenerational impacts of colonial systems, and move towards a healthier lifestyle while strengthening community and having fun. to do it.
Teka Everstz, National coordinator, DUDES Club Society
“The Healthy Communities Initiative supports organizations British Columbia bringing people together in our communities both in person and digitally, while respecting public health measures. These projects show us the creativity and ingenuity of communities as they create temporary and sustainable solutions that allow people to connect and access public spaces safely. “
Andrea Dicks, president of the community foundations of Canada
- The Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative was created to help communities adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and create safe ways for residents to access services and enjoy the outdoors. The Initiative is designed to fund eligible projects between $ 5,000 and $ 250,000 which fall under three main themes: creating safe and dynamic public spaces, improving mobility options and digital solutions.
- Community foundations of Canada was selected through an open call for applications to implement this national project. Together with its partners, including Canada Urban Institute, it works with pan-Canadian networks to manage the funding process and meet the distinct needs of communities through Canada, including equity-seeking groups interested in applying.
- The first promotion of projects was launched on February 9, 2021, and closed on March 9, 2021.
- The second admission is now open until June 25, 2021. Candidates wishing to apply for the second round can access more details on the community foundations of Canada website. Local governments and a variety of community-led organizations are eligible, including charities, indigenous communities, and registered nonprofits.
- As part of the investment in Canada Plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved more than $ 4.3 billion for 551 projects in British Columbia.
Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative – Application Portal: healthycommunities.ca initiativ
Infrastructure Canada: Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/chci-iccs/index-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Michelle Johnston, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-298-7386, [email protected]; Jacqueline Reid, Communications Manager, Community Foundations of Canada, 647-901-5225, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]