Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

Project Funding Coming Soon!

Funding for community projects will be available soon. Infrastructure Canada is currently evaluating 12 applications received during its open call for applications for non-governmental not-for-profit organization(s) to work directly with communities to identify and fund local solutions under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.

The selected organization(s) will be announced in the coming weeks and project intake details will follow shortly. In the interim, communities are encouraged to develop their innovative project ideas.

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About the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative

The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to support communities as they deploy new ways to adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.

The initiative will support projects under three main themes:

  • Creating safe and vibrant public spaces
    • Projects that create or adapt existing public places such as parks, main streets, and indoor spaces that encourage safe cultural or physical activities, and local commerce.
  • Improving mobility options
    • Projects that permit physical distancing through permanent or temporary changes that make it easier for people to get around in their communities, whether walking, biking, accessing public and private transit, or other modes of transportation.
  • Digital solutions
    • Innovative digital projects that address changing community needs through the use of data and connected technologies.

Funding for the Initiative is being repurposed from existing funding for a second Smart Cities Challenge competition to support communities in dealing with the immediate and ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.

Contact us

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact the department at with questions about eligibility and other application requirements prior to the deadline.

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