This is a time when Canada must harness its community-driven resilience. We’re asking you to share examples of how Canadian communities are responding to the crisis with creativity and imagination. Collective problem-solving and collaboration will be instrumental in how Canada mitigates the local impacts of COVID-19 and creates on-the-ground solutions.

Highlighted Initiatives



Home but not alone: CBC launches Art Uncontained and $1 million artist fund with Canada Council

Arts and Culture | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks | Policy leadership

CBC’s Art Uncontained is a new initiative connecting Canadian artists and art lovers that includes original programming from CBC Arts and across the CBC network, as well as a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Chefs in the University of Guelph’s kitchens will prepare 500 meals each day to help feed Guelph’s most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

The University is supporting a program by The SEED, a not-for-profit organization at the Guelph Community Health Centre. The SEED is dedicated to ending food insecurity in Guelph and to creating a community without barriers to healthy food. The Program is in direct response to circumstances brought on by the pandemic,

Virtual farmers’ markets: Nine ways to get local produce, grass-fed beef, sheep’s milk gelato and artisanal cheese delivered to Toronto

Food | Local businesses

Many of the Greater Toronto Area’s farmers’ markets and specialty food stores remain closed, a number of local farmers and companies are starting to offer home delivery of fresh-from-the-farm local produce, dairy and meat.

Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market is staying open and practicing safety during COVID19

Food | Policy leadership | Public health

Website and social media provides instructions on how to shop safely and outlines how they are keeping staff and products safe and what measures they have taken

City of Brampton implements interim bike lanes to promote safe active transportation opportunities

Policy leadership

These sections of road are a part of the planned East-West Cycling Corridor connection as proposed in the Active Transportation Master Plan. The City is working to implement permanent protected bike lanes on these streets in line with the Brampton 2040 Vision and the Streets for People Term of Council Priority.

Farmers Market in Guelph continues to operate safely and provides a sliding-scale cost

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

The Seed is program of the @GuelphCHC, deliver a Sliding-Scale Community Food Market in Downtown Guelph every Friday, 10-1. No one is turned away.

Edmonton restaurants open their pantries to survive COVID-19 pandemic

Food | Local businesses

Eateries now selling pantry staples and toilet paper as dining rooms remain shut

Ottawa’s National Capital Region piloting project to close roads to traffic to enable physical distancing

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

To enable physical distancing for residents who live in the dense surrounding areas, the City is closing the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to motor vehicle traffic, daily from 8am-8pm, from April 18 to 26, 2020.

BC Provincial Legistrative Assembly Members and health authority representatives to answer COVID-19 questions at virtual townhalls across B.C. between April 17 and April 23, 2020

General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Policy leadership

The virtual townhalls will be live streamed on the B.C. government Facebook page and YouTube channel.

BC outdoor wear companies start making protective gowns for health-care workers

Local businesses

Mustang Survival and Arc’teryx are working with other companies to provide 90,000 gowns in coming weeks.

Interactive map helps locate food resources across Toronto


The google map hopes to increase access to good food for all.

Alberta companies adapting business models to aid in fight against COVID-19

Local businesses

Featuring companies retooling to produce protective screens, social distancing dots, personal protective equipment, and driving services.

Project Northern Lights brings together Canadians to produce medical supplies

Local businesses | Public health

The project has attracted a small army of developers, engineers and designers, all looking to help fight the pandemic. It has also brought in wedding decorators, seamstresses, film set builders, high schoolers, lifeguards, electricians, illustrators, event planners and auto-glass installers, who just want to pitch in however they can.

The Help List is a non-profit initiative committed to curating the most relevant and meaningful resources for the Canadian Technology Sector

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

COVID19 Resources for Indigenous Peoples

General: Sector resources | Indigenous

Featuring links for Indigenous folks north of the medicine line, specifically. Also invites the community to share resources to its page.

Indigenous Climate Action Facebook site features weekly webinars and resources

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Indigenous

Every Monday the site covers a new theme for their weekly webinars from IEN’s Four Principles of Community Care. Webinar series is called “Building Communities of Care During COVID-19”

City of Timmins to deploy bylaw officers at grocery stores

Policy leadership

After a brief period of issuing warnings to offending customers, the officers will be directed to start issuing fines

City of Brampton resource list for local businesses during COVID-19

Local businesses | Policy leadership | Shop Local

City of Brampton compiled list of federal and provincial funding opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of for economic support during COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources to help support local businesses during pandemic

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources regarding the local businesses and how they are adapting and how to support businesses that remain open in some capacity.

Vancity Community Investment Bank launches GIC to provide support to organizations impacted by COVID19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

As Canada’s first and only values-driven bank, VCIB is committed to driving positive social and environmental change within the communities in which it operates. Investments raised through VCIB’s Unity GIC will provide vital loans or financial relief to businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 to help them stay financially resilient at a time when they need it most.

Google doc with COVID response resources available for businesses & individuals in Edmonton, updated weekly

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources

Three Chairs offering free service to help people of all ages stay connected

Seniors | Social isolation

Three Chairs has a simple idea: help the elderly combat loneliness by connecting them with others who share the same interests, over the phone, for a friendly chat. COVID-19 has changed everything. The next few months have lots of unanswered questions, but one certainty is that social isolation and loneliness will affect more people- the young, the old, the rich, and the poor; it will affect everyone. While our service is not finished, it is finished enough to help.

Nanaimo company encouraging social distancers to garden

Food | Local businesses

Milner Group, a construction and disposal company that runs a recycling centre west of Nanaimo, decided to offer community residents two yards of “premium” soil for free as a way of encouraging people to stay home and take up gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face masks being produced by Brampton business, Stitch-It Clothing Alterations

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Public health

When the province of Ontario announced a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment, this Brampton business stepped up to produce surgical-grade fabric masks to help in the fight against COVID-19. Their goal is to produce 78,000 masks in an attempt to bolster the country’s dwindling mask supply


Newfoundland-based charity’s social enterprise is distributing meals & training during pandemic

Food | Frontline services | Fundraising and volunteering

Stella’s Circle offers housing, counselling and employment services to people who face many barriers to fully participating in their community. One of the initiatives of the organization is through its social enterprise, the Hungry Heart Cafe, which employs Stella’s Circle participants, providing them with food services training and experience. Customers of the Cafe have been invited to add $2 to their bill which goes towards a program referred to as Meals Squared. Individual, nutritious meals are then made available at no cost for participants. During the Stella’s Circle response to the pandemic, 1000 meals have been distributed to date. Stella’s Circle is also putting tech in the hands of homeless clients, in an effort to bridge the digital divide

Neighbourhood Pods for Mutual Aid Resource Page for Toronto

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Public health | Seniors | Social isolation

Shape My City has adapted their platform to map grassroots initiatives that are responding to COVID-19.

Platform for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to maintain (metaphorical) close ties with their communities during physical distancing

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Seniors | Social isolation

A community-built website, features a network of neighbours organizing to check on and take care of each other by telephone, text, email, doorstep deliveries, etc. Also includes tools for starting pods.


General: Sector resources | Public health | Seniors

To support older adults and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the STAR Institute (Science and Technology for Aging Research) is compiling practical technology resources and information that the wider community may find helpful. These range from simple guides for using technology to services that can help with activities of daily living. The resources and information are organized according to a number of key areas as well as locations to help people find them easily. Please note these resources are for information purposes only and we do not specifically endorse any of the products, services or companies listed.

Brampton launching citywide gardening program in response to pandemic

Food | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

The initiative supports residents growing their own vegetables in their garden, which could help prevent person-to-person contact by allowing residents to make fewer trips to the store, as well as help social programs that are in need of donations, such as local food banks.To get started, residents can request free supplies—such as soil and seeds—by email, and those looking for tips on growing their own produce can view some tutorial videos on the City’s website.

Invest Ottawa has developed a page to equip companies and community with key information, tools and support.

Employment | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Local businesses

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