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



Canadian company helps local small businesses sell products during COVID-19

Local businesses | Shop Local

London Drugs will be dedicating shelf space in select stores to small businesses that have had to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That space, located in the centre aisles of the stores – which the company says it is “transforming into local central” – will be stocked with products entirely from local businesses.

Canada Bikes’ crowd-sourced google spreadsheet details COVID19 bike/pedestrian responses across Canadian cities

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Mobility and transportation

Categories being tracked include: are bicycle shops an essential service; are beg buttons disabled; partial closures; closed streets; distance and transit-oriented development.

New Brunswick is using ‘household bubbles’ to socialize amid COVID-19

Policy leadership | Public health

The introduction of ‘household bubbles’ allows a family in one house to choose one other household to spend time with, assuming that both agree to the arrangement and don’t have close contact with anyone else.

Architecture firm shares architecture challenges for children in lockdown

Arts and Culture | Children

British architecture studio Foster + Partners is publishing a series of architecture challenges, including building a paper skyscraper and creating a city, to keep children in coronavirus lockdown entertained.

City of Montreal issues call for proposals for non-profits for the purpose of providing technical support to businesses

Local businesses | Policy leadership

Proposals can address issues pertaining to supply, administrative support, people management, sales systems or other areas. The implemented solutions will help small businesses deal with the challenges from COVID-19.

Mi’kmaq not-for-profit using technology to make medical supplies

Indigenous | Local businesses

A Mi’kmaq run non profit agency is using 3-D printing technology to make medical supplies for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3-D printers are normally in classrooms across Nova Scotia but are now in Halifax printing protective equipment that may be in short supply for isolated communities.

Downtown Kamloops’ BIA COVID19 web & social media platform

Local businesses
Three focus areas: DOWNTOWN TO GO, a #Supportlocal campaign; BUSINESS is OPEN, information on Downtown Kamloops Businesses that are closed (temporarily), offering take-out, pick-up, online stores and other business models that will help the community stay #ykastrong; COMMUNITY & INNOVATION showcasing how Downtown Kamloops businesses are pivoting; and RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

In-house Elders available for support during this time of crisis, offering support and building resiliency.

Indigenous | Mental health

Canada’s national Indigenous women’s organization, NWAC, is the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. They are working with our Provincial and Territorial Member Associations (PTMAs), our NWAC elders and youth and communicating with Indigenous Services Canada to keep members informed and updated about COVID-19.

A Toronto-based consultancy has built a visualization of sidewalk widths in Toronto to support decisions and data around social distancing

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources

Created by Ratio.City, an organization with a mission to gather this data and provide the analysis that will unlock the potential of cities around the world.

Virtual map gives general location of fairy houses and gardens in Greater Victoria


Inspired by scavenger hunts and other creative activities people are thinking up to keep busy during the pandemic, Breese decided to create a virtual map of the region’s fairy hot spots.

Recovery site for homeless COVID-19 patients offers dignity and a pathway to housing

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

The recovery site for COVID-positive homeless people is a unique collaboration between many health partners, government, addiction recovery supports, community & neighbourhood groups and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontier Canada providing expertise on project co-ordination and logistics. Among the primary goals of the recovery site is treating homeless patients with dignity in a clinical setting and ensuring they have a home to go to afterward — not a return to homelessness.

British Columbia working with the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria to transition people living in encampments into temporary accommodations with wraparound supports

Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

The Province of BC, in partnership with BC Housing and local municipalities, has worked to secure and operate 686 hotel and community centre accommodations in Vancouver and 324 hotel spaces in Victoria. This allows people from the encampments to safely physically distance, with access to important health, social and other supports.

Manitoba government wants contractor to provide meals for 15,000 students, as pandemic halts school programs

Children | Food | Local businesses

The contractor will supply the meals to 17 hubs set up across the province. The food will then be delivered to homes or a specific pick-up location by a network of volunteers, non-profit organizations and private-sector food delivery companies, the RFP states. They’ll deliver a five-day supply of food products for each student every week, with instructions on how to prepare the meals.

Five large companies (including two banks) come together to support front-line healthcare workers and help fight food insecurity in Toronto

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Scotiabank Arena has been transformed into Toronto’s largest kitchen to prepare up to 10,000 meals a day. Working with a network of hospitals to donate to front-line workers and Second Harvest to donate to food banks and shelters this coalition of partners is delivering meals across Greater Toronto.

Artists Create Murals on Closed and Boarded up Shops across Main Streets in Vancouver

Arts and Culture | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

Vancouver artists are working together during the COVID-19 pandemic to create some beauty through public murals. Much of the city’s busiest areas have turned into ghost towns and storefronts are being boarded up. But the Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) is commissioning artists to transform those fronts with temporary works of art.

Hong Kong-based restaurant creates playbook on getting back to business

Food | General: Sector resources | Local businesses | Public health

Black Sheep Restaurants has created a playbook detailing every measure they have taken to combat COVID-19 and are offering it free-of-charge online to help fellow restaurateurs and business owners. Basic protocols from hygiene practices to how to communicate with guests are covered, and as well as helpful tips including where to source packaging for delivery and ideas for how to re-structure team schedules. links Nova Scotia businesses with online gift cards

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Shop Local

So you don’t have to go out today but you can invest in a local biz for tomorrow

Parking ban in areas of Victoria will give pedestrians more room

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Public health

Parking restrictions are coming to numerous Victoria neighbourhoods as transportation experts try to find space for walkers. Victoria transportation experts say they will expand the program to other neighbourhoods, including Quadra Village, Cook Street Village, Vic West and Fairfield. Those pedestrian heavy areas could see changes in the coming weeks.

Victoria seniors volunteers platform

Mental health | Seniors | Social isolation is the effort of a small group of like-minded, Victoria-based, volunteer seniors who recognize that many of their fellow isolated seniors are struggling to stay connected with their peers, their families and the community resources they require. For these isolated seniors, is their source of vital links to information about COVID-19 and government and community resources generated to help fight the virus and combat its impacts. It is also their interactive bulletin board and sounding board to help them stay connected.

City of Victoria acquires 115 motel rooms to house homeless population

Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

These rooms are meant for people who have not displayed any symptoms of COVID-19, and one person will occupy each room. The rooms will be available to vulnerable people living outside in order to make sure they can meet physical distancing protocols put in place by the provincial health officer. The new locations will be administered by BC Housing and social service providers will be identifying people in the community who would be suitable to move in. Temporary outdoor homeless shelters at Royal Athletic Park and Topaz Park are currently being set up as temporary stopgap measures before authorities are able to find suitable indoor shelter spaces.

City of Victoria closes streets near Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road to encourage social distancing

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Public health

In addition to these changes, the City of Victoria will also be sending out city staff to public spaces to engage with residents about playground and recreation facilities to remind them about physical distancing. CRD and City of Victoria parks are remaining open, though physical distancing is still encouraged.

Victoria Assigns Parks Staff To Start Growing Food For Residents

Food | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

The parks department is working on growing 50,000 to 75,000 seedlings to give to residents in May and June for food security measures. City staff are currently in discussions with farmers and seed libraries to come up with a shortlist of easy-to-grow edible plants that would be ideal for home gardening.

City of Victoria won’t enforce rules on camping in parks to support people experiencing homelessness in physical distancing

Housing and homelessness | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Public health

The city has chosen Topaz park and Royal Athletic park as designated sites where harm reduction services, food services and security will be set up. Both have running water so people can wash their hands. The long-term plan is to get homeless people inside but with limited city-owned facilities that can be used, B.C. Housing has had to help find places like vacant motels for homeless people to stay.

Development and building applications in Victoria can now be submitted online

General: Sector resources | Policy leadership

The applications that can be submitted online now include rezoning applications, development permits, heritage alteration permits, temporary use permits, variance applications, building plumbing and electrical applications.

City of Victoria launches interactive map showing where cherry blossom and plum trees are blooming in the region

Arts and Culture | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

The interactive map pinpoints different types of blossoming trees across the city. While provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is encouraging all residents to stay at home as much as possible, time outdoors is important for mental and physical health. With the weather improving in Victoria, now is a great time to explore some blooming flowers, as long as pedestrians follow physical distancing guidelines and stay at least two metres apart from one another.

PEI transitions to more accessible forms of support services

Mental health | Policy leadership | Seniors | Social isolation

To provide support for residents who are suffering in various ways due to COVID, the Province has organized online psychiatry services, call-in clinics to replace walk-in clinics, and addiction day programs that uphold social distancing protocols.

Text4Hope Mental Health Support

General: Online communities and networks | Mental health | Policy leadership

Alberta Health Services’s ext4Hope is a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help residents cope with the stress and anxiety of isolation.

Library and museum staff helping in seniors’ homes during pandemic

Frontline services | Policy leadership | Public health

More than 50 people who used to work in Bruce County’s libraries and museums have been asked if they could work with seniors instead. To date, the former librarians and archivists have just been screening people as they enter the nursing homes, but they’ll soon be trained to take residents to meals, clean bed pans, organize rooms, and eventually, even answer some call bells.

How public libraries are helping Nova Scotians: bookmobile, loaning out tablets, etc.

General: Online communities and networks | Policy leadership | Social isolation

“We’re more than just some reading material,” said Troy Myers, chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries. “So we want to do what we can to make sure those social connections are maintained.”

Regina Public Library putting its servers to use crunching COVID-19 data

Policy leadership

Through a partnership with [email protected], four of the RPL’s servers and five computers from its Digital Media Studio are hard at work crunching data that scientists around the world are using to research COVID-19.

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