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.

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Public washrooms for the most vulnerable

Policy leadership

The Region of Waterloo includes a list of open public washrooms for use by vulnerable community members

Public porta-potties installed as part of New Westminster’s COVID-19 response

Policy leadership

The decision to provide portable washroom facilities is to ensure access to bathrooms for vulnerable populations, who may otherwise not have them, given all of the businesses being shuttered. It’s also for other residents.

Public washrooms for unsheltered persons considered an essential service in BC

Policy leadership

This includes hygiene facilities (toilets, handwash stations, showers)

Portable washrooms open, campground closed to visitors as district deals with COVID-19

Parks and public space | Public health

The District of Hope has added handicap accessible portable toilets in Memorial Park. They’ve also placed hand wash stations there as well, after closing public washrooms last week.

Public washrooms in Sechelt parks open from 7am to 9pm

Parks and public space | Policy leadership

https://www.sechelt.ca/Live/COVID-19-Municipal-Updates

Hamilton working with agencies to provide access to washrooms/showers for vulnerable residents

Policy leadership

Information found on Hamilton’s Twitter account

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre posts lists of open Toronto Public Washroom locations

Policy leadership

With so many businesses and public spaces closed, community members & clients have few places to use washrooms during COVID19

 

University of Chicago providing emergency support to address immediate needs of South Side local residents, businesses, and nonprofits

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

Through UChicago’s Partnering for Community Impact initiative, support will come through three main programs: preparing and delivering meals to South Side residents; supporting South Side businesses and their employees; and supporting South Side nonprofit organizations and the vulnerable populations they serve. The programs will help address the urgent food security needs on the South Side, as well as begin to bridge the financial and resource gap for local businesses and community-based nonprofits.

Hamilton-based Hometown Hub offers direct link to local businesses offering online services through delivery, e-commerce and gift cards

Local businesses

Hometown Hub is a platform to get brick and mortar businesses up and running within days and continue sales in a strictly digital economy. This initiative was put together in a matter of days and involves a partnership between the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Rising and EatShopPlay.

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) publishes webpage with guidance and tools

General: Sector resources | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

The webpage includes rapid response tools for cities with implementation strategies; city transportation action updates from around the world; webinars, real-time forums and technical assistance on emerging issues; and information about emergency federal assistance and stimulus funding.

Paramount introduces affordable “Dare to Care” menu, with special discounts for frontline workers

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

Paramount has introduced a new “Dare to Care” menu, which allows people in the Greater Toronto Area to dine out on delicious healthy meals at home for under $15, while also supporting local franchise and small business owners. Paramount is also offering 50 percent off to frontline workers when they place a takeout order at any of Paramount’s locations across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

France Is Putting Domestic Abuse Victims in Hotels During Coronavirus Lockdown

Mental health | Policy leadership | Public health | Social isolation

Reports of domestic abuse have spiked by about 30% since France went into lockdown. France has created a secret code word for them to discreetly seek help in pharmacies, in response to a huge increase in domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown.

Supporting families and their mental health during the COVID-19 response

Children | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Mental health

Resources and tools from Children’s Mental Health Ontario agencies

Library Shelf Isolation Read-a-thon

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

Fundraiser for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. A Shelf Isolation Read-a-thon combines our need to self-isolate, reading, community and supporting the Library.

Window art strolling

Arts and Culture | General: Online communities and networks

People across Canada are creating art at home and putting it up on their “gallery wall” – their front window! In Edmonton, you can add your art to an online map so others can find your new gallery. Look for your own local art walk on Facebook.

Niagara Region municipalities launch COVID-19 business impact survey

Employment | Local businesses | Policy leadership

Economic development departments from the Region of Niagara, the Cities of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Welland, and the Towns of Lincoln and Fort Erie have jointly launched the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team to assess and plan for the needs of the business community in the region, in light of COVID-19.

Toolkit for tenant organizing

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Housing and homelessness

“The Tenants Will Win” is a compendium of resources, templates and tools for tenants to use during the pandemic, many of which can be modified to be useful for renters in Canadian cities.

Minneapolis Offers People Experiencing Homelessness a Simple Gift: A Safe Place for Their Stuff

Housing and homelessness | Local businesses | Policy leadership

To support Minneapolis’ unhoused residents, the city has followed in the footsteps of other cities like San Diego and Los Angeles by partnering with a local organization to pilot a storage program for those experiencing homelessness. The pilot comes as a record number of people are experiencing homelessness across the state. The program allows people experiencing homelessness to store their belongings in bins located in a secure room. Belongings are checked in and out of bins by volunteers from Minneapolis’ Downtown Improvement District, the city’s partner in the venture.

Key considerations for water and wastewater utilities responding to the coronavirus

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Sector resources | Public health

Moonshot Missions, a non-profit organization founded by George Hawkins, the former General Manager of DC Water in Washington DC, has put together a “living document” compendium of best practices being implemented by water utilities in the face of this unprecedented challenge. Staff has compiled this checklist by reviewing resources from water associations, list-serves and dozens of utility response and continuity of operations plans.

Ruckify partners with United Way to connect vulnerable people with technology during COVID-19 pandemic

Local businesses | Social isolation

The Ottawa-based company is calling on the public to donate or rent out unused items like tablets, smartphones, webcams and laptops, so they can get into the hands of those who need them. Ruckify will provide pickup and delivery of the items. The items will be sanitized when picked up and dropped off, and it will be insured for damages in case something happens.

Together Apart initiative directs community members to local businesses to support

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Seniors | Social isolation

With many businesses around the National Capital region temporarily shut down or re-imagining their offerings due to COVID-19, this site is a resource for residents to find local spots to order from and support.

Community Art in Calgary going online during COVID19

Arts and Culture | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

ART IN A PANDEMIC: Every Wednesday evening a crowd has gathered inside Rumble House in downtown Calgary to create art together. As the response to COVID-19 limits mass gatherings, the Rumble House community is going online by broadcasting art-making and hosting an online auction.

Online Dance Collective

Arts and Culture | General: Online communities and networks

Professional teachers from different Toronto-based studios are coming together to launch the Toronto Online Dance Collective: a shared platform for live online classes so that we can socially connect and dance together while we’re physically distant.

Unexpected solutions Twitter chat: The Role of Collaboration, Innovation and Smart Approaches

General: Tools for engagement | Learning and education | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Public health

Future Cities Canada, with content partner Future of Good, is exploring how cities and communities across the country are adapting with innovation and how they are resilient to unprecedented change.

“Porchraits” — safely photographing familes in Calgary

Arts and Culture | Local businesses

Calgary Photographer Neil Zeller has been providing porch portrait sessions as a way to connect with people in self-isolation to create a happy moment for fellow Calgarians in perhaps an otherwise dreary time. Anyone can sign up for these portrait sessions and Neil promises to put every dollar earned back into the Calgary economy.

Calgary blocks traffic lanes to help pathway users maintain two-metre separation

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

Along certain Calgary sidewalks and pathways with larger volumes of pedestrian traffic, crews have placed pylons and other barricades onto a lane of adjacent roadway for people to step onto so they can safely maintain a two-metre separation from others.

Toronto Chef Danielle Bassett & The Depanneur providing meals to the overburdened shelter system

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Depanneur commissary kitchen, a social enterprise, is turning surplus bar & restaurant ingredients into meals to give back to the overburdened and short-staffed shelter system amid the COVID19 crisis.

Toronto-based rental company creates $500K COVID-19 relief fund

Housing and homelessness | Income support | Local businesses

Greenrock Real Estate Advisors’ (GREA) has developed a series of initiatives to assist its residents and community members including: $300,000 towards local charitable organizations; a rent assistance program that allows residents to use their last month’s rent deposit as a credit towards their rent payments; the deferral of rent increase notices; $200,000 of grocery gift cards for all Greenrock managed residential units; and a specialized germ protection treatment program.

No Hungry Tummy initiative offers free meals to long haul truckers and healthcare workers in Calgary

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Mobility and transportation

The Dashmesh Cultural Center is providing free meals to long haul truckers and healthcare workers, who are having a hard time accessing food on the road due to restaurant closures and drive thrus not being able to accommodate trucks. They have free hot food available to any truckers and health care workers that require it. They also deliver to drivers who are in need.

Calgary YMCA launches Virtual YMCA for mind, body and spirit

Arts and Culture | Children | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

The YMCA has created a webpage to keep Calgarians connected with the YMCA community. They are sharing stories, recipes, health and wellness tips, on-demand videos, activities for children, and more.

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