Canada Healthy Communities Initiative - Frequently Asked Questions

Open for Applications

Community Foundations of Canada is currently accepting applications for project funding. The first intake for applications will close on March 9th, 2021 at 5:00PM PST. Details on project eligibility and how to apply for project funding are available on Community Foundations of Canada's website.

Community Foundations of Canada was selected by Infrastructure Canada through an open and competitive call for applications to work directly with communities to identify and fund local projects and solutions to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

How can I access funding from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative?

Funding to communities under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is being made available by Community Foundations of Canada, who was chosen to work with communities following an open and competitive call for applications.

Community Foundations of Canada will oversee the project application process and select the specific community projects proposed by eligible applicants.

Community Foundations of Canada is currently accepting applications for project funding. The first intake for applications will close on March 9th, 2021 at 5:00PM PST. Details on project eligibility and how to apply for project funding are available on Community Foundations of Canada's website.

How was Community Foundations of Canada selected as the recipient of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative?

Community Foundations of Canada was selected following a competitive open call for applications. With the help of its partners, it has the capacity, experience and existing networks to quickly and cost-effectively engage with communities across the country to identify and provide funding for viable projects and encourage idea sharing so that communities can quickly put into place solutions that will improve the quality of life of residents.

The combined expertise and reach of the Community Foundations of Canada and its group of technical and advisory partners will ensure communities of all sizes across Canada – urban, rural and remote – can access the Initiative and apply for funding to support the local solutions that will have the biggest impact for their residents.

Infrastructure Canada is providing just over $31 million of contribution funding for this initiative. Community Foundations of Canada will work directly with communities to identify and provide funding to selected local projects.

When will funding for community projects be available, and for how long?

Community Foundations of Canada launched the first application intake on February 9th, 2021. Applications are being accepted by Community Foundations of Canada until March 9th, 2021 at 5:00PM PST.

Details on how to apply for project funding can be found on Community Foundations of Canada's website.

Infrastructure Canada is providing just over $31 million of contribution funding for this initiative. Community Foundations of Canada will work directly with communities to identify and provide funding to selected local projects.

How does the CHCI compare with other Infrastructure Canada COVID-19 response initiatives?

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is one of a suite of measures that Infrastructure Canada is putting in place to support communities across Canada. This initiative is designed to support the ongoing work of non-governmental not-for-profits who are already actively helping communities across Canada.

The Initiative will also help communities by supporting innovative ideas for small-scale, community-led infrastructure projects. With this Initiative, local governments and community-based not-for-profit partners will be able to apply directly for funding from the recipient of CHCI contribution funding.

Infrastructure Canada has also created a temporary COVID-19 Resilience stream under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects that might not otherwise be eligible under the existing funding streams. Visit the COVID-19 Resilience stream page for more information.

Additionally, it was announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Update that Infrastructure Canada will provide $150 million over three years to improve ventilation in public buildings and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What are the eligibility criteria for community projects under the CHCI?

Details on project eligibility are available on Community Foundations of Canada's (CFC) website.

Interested applicants are encouraged to consult Community Foundations of Canada's website for complete information on project eligibility criteria and how to apply.