Ottawa, Ontario, June 8, 2021—As Canada makes progress in the fight against COVID-19, Canadians are eager to spend time outdoors. To keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs and build vibrant, resilient communities, local governments and community partners across the country are enhancing outdoor spaces to safely enjoy nature.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Member of Parliament for Hochelaga and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Marie-Andrée Farmer, Director, COVID-19 and Federal Funds, Fondation du Grand Montréal, Hélène McKoy, Executive Director, Corporation d’animation des places publiques, and Norma Drolet, Executive Director, Centre NAHA, to announce three projects benefitting the City of Montréal and the riding of Hochelaga that have received funds from the first round of funding under the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The projects being announced today are part of the over 250 projects receiving funding in the first round.
Federal funding of $25,000 will support the Conte en balade project of the Corporation d’animation des places publiques, which integrates art and urban design to encourage literacy among young children. A federal investment of more than $20,000 will support the work of a centre for women and their children as they develop solutions in support of people experiencing domestic or gender-based violence. More than $5,000 in federal funding will support the NAHA Centre in improving its residents’ quality of life by enhancing outdoor spaces by installing a table, benches, awnings and various suspended potted plants. Federal funding for each of these projects comes from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31-million investment to build safer spaces and ensure a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
The second round of funding for the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is open, and the application period will close on June 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Applicants can apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 for eligible projects, within an overall envelope of $31 million in federal government funding.