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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Initiatives

Edmonton Local Organizations in Operation during COVID-19

Arts and Culture | Food | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Social isolation

Google document, consistently updated

Winnipeg expanding bicycle and active transportation routes in an effort to help with social distancing requirements

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

Four streets have limited motor vehicle traffic to just one block throughout the designated area and are normally in place only on Sundays from June to September.

Calgary to reduce lanes on some roads to help walkers, cyclists keep their distance during COVID-19 pandemic

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership | Public health

Calgary’s pathways and walks are filling up as people are desperate to get exercise

Calgary Design Group O2 Planning + Design Pitches Temporary Sidewalk Widening and Converted Four-Way Stops to Help Coronavirus Physical Distancing

Mobility and transportation | Public health

The group put out a series of designs showing how certain Calgary corridors could be temporarily redesigned to accommodate more foot traffic at a time when physical distancing is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Medical students supporting community health and accessibility in Edmonton and Victoria

Children | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks

Bag Half Full was started by University of Alberta medical students and is expanding, most recently to UBC Victoria. Services include shopping and delivering groceries and household items for the elderly and people who are immunocompromised.

Homelessness and pandemic planning for youth and others in Canada

Children | General: Sector resources | Housing and homelessness

The Homeless Hub – an observatory on homelessness in Canada – provides a vast array of resources and current information for priority at-risk populations.

Teddy bear hunts take Newfoundland and Labrador by storm

Children

With public health experts and government officials urging Canadians to stay at home much as possible, the teddy bear hunt offers families an activity to do together at home, on a walk or in their car

Local BC Drag Queens Will Deliver Food And Wine To Your Door

Arts and Culture | Food | Local businesses

A local LGBTQ+ bar in Kelowna is having B.C. drag queens deliver food and wine right to your door. By changing the business model and keeping employees safe the restaurant is offering delivery service, but with a twist.

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.

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