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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Edmonton making more room for pedestrians on two roads, eliminating beg buttons at 56 intersections

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Two busy roadways in Edmonton’s river valley will open to pedestrians and cyclists Thursday to allow them to meet COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. The city will be also deactivating beg buttons at 56 intersections in the city’s core so pedestrians don’t have to press a frequently-touched button to cross the street.

City of Victoria restricting vehicle access and realigning parking along several streets to improve physical separation for cyclists and pedestrians

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership

These interventions will free up space inside Beacon Hill Park and in constricted areas along Dallas Road so local residents can stay active, while also maintaining physical distance. City staff will be out in public spaces to engage with residents about playground and recreation facility closures and to encourage physical distancing.

Hamilton’s biggest arena transforms into a homeless shelter

Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

The conversion of the FirstOntario Centre Saturday included adding 50 carefully separated beds in the concourse of the hockey arena, dining tables on the de-iced rink surface and a medical clinic in the media lounge. Even the giant scoreboard that looms over the 17,383-seat area will be repurposed to show movies for residents who want to stay through the day

A platform for supporting local bars and restaurants through the purchase of gift cards

Food | Local businesses

Eatlater helps people to find restaurants, bars, wineries by location across Canada, and support them through thepurchase gift cards.

City of Cornwall platform to purchase gift certificates for downtown businesses

Local businesses

The Campaign to Save Main Street is a website to allow customers to purchase gift certificates for local small businesses in Cornwall, Akwesasne, and SD&G Counties.

Engagement Summary for Toronto’s Economic Recovery and Support Task Force

Local businesses | Policy leadership

A summary of the input that business owners, BIAs, and stakeholders have provided to the City of Toronto. The contents here are not necessarily recommendations but capture the full range of feedback provided. The information is intended to help inform the Mayor’s Economic Support & Recovery Task Force’s approach to recovery.

MyShoperon redesigned for the elderly and immunocompromised to reach out to the community for assistance in running errands

General: Online communities and networks | Seniors | Social isolation

Everyone who registers is part of the MyShoperon community, however depending on what you need from the community, you can be a Requester or a Chaperon. A Requester is someone who needs errand assistance. The Chaperon is someone who has offered to help.

“Stay Home Toronto” initiative provides a platform for local small business support

Local businesses

The Stay Home Toronto initiative was established to reinforce the message for residents in the City of Toronto to stay home, and encourage residents to consider and support local small businesses. The website features small business owners across many industries in Toronto that have adapted to provide online, virtual, and other services for use while consumers are at home.

An online platform to help support local business during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

Local businesses can register for distantly.ca and community can donate funds to support specific businesses. The platform doesn’t charge a platform fee and funds are sent within 48 hours to local businesses.

Downtown Medicine Hat Development Incentive Program

Local businesses | Policy leadership

The Incentive Program offers downtown property owners a series of incentives to assist them to redevelop or initiate new developments in the city center and includes five options for financial assistance. Architectural and Visual Enhancement, Commercial Development, Live-Work Residential Development, and Multi-Family Development.

Victoria COVID-19 Business Resources

Local businesses | Policy leadership

This website provides links and information related to small business support. It notes that as a municipality, the City “is not permitted to grant direct assistance to businesses, however, Council has directed staff to examine all of the City’s fiscal, legislative and legal powers to support businesses and jobs to sustain the local economy during the pandemic”.

Victoria-based group of tech and marketing professionals offering free assistance to local small businesses, restaurants, and bars

Income support | Local businesses

Platform for connnecting those businesses that need support with organizations offering support.

Tiny Victoria Small Business Relief Fund

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Local businesses

Google form to apply for support for small 0% non-recourse loans to Victoria-based small businesses.

Downtown Kamloops webpage collects community & City COVID initiatives that support a vibrant and recovering downtown

Local businesses | Policy leadership
The colourful website communicates effectively tools and approaches on how community can help and how businesses can recover

City of Duncan moves forward with downtown projects during COVID-19 shut down

Local businesses | Policy leadership

To minimize disruption to businesses when many might reopen later, construction–including sidewalk widening and watermain replacement– is being fastracked to start now.

Coronavirus crisis leads Victoria to offer free hotel rooms to health workers to self-isolate

Policy leadership

The Victorian Government has committed $20 million to pay for hotel rooms for healthcare workers who test positive to coronavirus or need to self-isolate while revealing “some wonderful success” in its COVID-19 strategy.

Burnaby hotel offers rooms for front-line workers during COVID-19

Local businesses

Health-care, pharmacy and grocery store employees and other front-line workers can stay at the Accent Inn if they don’t want to put their families at risk during the pandemic.

Kelowna hotel provides 940 rooms to 118 healthcare workers thanks to community donations

Local businesses

Accent Inns announced that it would discount its rooms to $59 per night for those healthcare employees and the community stepped forward to cover the rest. Donations were made through the United Way Hotels for Frontline Workers Fund and so far $62,000 has been raised. That’s covered a total of 940 nights in Accent Inns hotels for 118 essential frontline workers in Kelowna, Kamloops, Victoria, Burnaby and Richmond

Niagara Falls hotels offering rooms to health-care workers to self-isolate

Frontline services | Local businesses

Several Niagara hotels — business has been decimated due to the coronavirus — are offering rooms to health-care workers who want to isolate themselves as the battle to curb the global pandemic continues. “Health-care workers who may, through their job, be exposed to COVID-19, don’t want to go back to their families and risk infection,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, who has reached out to the hotel industry.

Calgary opens hotel rooms for homeless people with COVID-19 to self-isolate

Local businesses

Homeless people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of being positive will be able to go into isolation at a local Calgary hotel. The hotel is not being identified for privacy reasons and no longer accepts paying customers.

Older businesses in Toronto’s Kensington Market are going online

General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Kensington Market Business Improvement Area (KMBIA) says small businesses in Kensington are finding new ways to move their business online.

Local hotel providing free rooms to frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19

Frontline services | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

Comfort Inn and Suites in North Battleford will offer frontline healthcare workers free rooms to stay in for the next few weeks in order to help them protect their families.

Supporting Toronto’s Queen Street West local businesses through purchase of “goody bags”

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Locals for Local TO is an initiatives to support Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. People can buy “goody bags” for between $80 to $100 (plus delivery). Goody bags include items from local shops like fresh veggies, cookies, coffee and more, and are available for delivery or pick up. A portion of proceeds will go to food banks.

 

CBC launches Creative Relief Fund to provide support to Canadian creators

Arts and Culture | Children | Income support | Policy leadership

The new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.

 

Montreal closing streets to cars, but increasing policing to enforce physical distancing

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

Montrealers need access to green space, but are encouraged to go to parks in their own neighbourhoods, not travelling across the city to visit other parks. Parking lots in Mount Royal Park were closed this week to limit traffic, and Île Notre-Dame has also been closed altogether. These types of measures will continue, and even more will be put in place in other, popular destinations like the Lachine Canal, which has been extremely crowded.

Manitoba First Nation enforcing community-wide curfew

Indigenous | Policy leadership

Beginning April 6 and ending on April 20, there will be a curfew in Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. It’s possible this curfew will be extended depending on whether COVID-19 cases in Manitoba and throughout the north continue to rise.

Sheridan Colleges create COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary

Fundraising and volunteering | Income support

Sheridan students can now apply to a newly-launched COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary, launched with $1 million provided by private donor support and funding from the Ontario provincial government. Canadian and international students can apply for up to $1,500 to help with immediate needs. The fund may also be used to offset expenses related to traveling home.

Interactive map and list of Vancouver businesses that are still open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with information on how these businesses are operating and how the public can support them

Food | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses

Information includes location, hours, physical distancing measures, and services provided. The list is based off of the City of Vancouver’s local area boundaries and are updating it with businesses that are open in each area.

How the Toronto Public Library is transforming branches into food banks

Food | Frontline services | Policy leadership | Public health

Libraries as community hubs and librarians as public servants… Almost right away, the library decided to redirect resources to help with this critical need. There are 100 library buildings in neighbourhoods all across the city.

1500 repas seront distribués quotidiennement aux itinérants à Montréal

Food | Frontline services | Fundraising and volunteering

Des organismes-membres de la Cantine pour tous (CPT) distribueront chaque jour quelque 1500 repas pour les itinérants dans les refuges d’urgence mis en place la semaine dernière par la Ville de Montréal, alors que les besoins en sécurité alimentaire se font «de plus en plus criants» dans la foulée de la pandémie de COVID-19.

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