OTTAWA, ON, June 10, 2021 /CNW/ – As Canada makes progress within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19, Canadians are desperate to return to the actions that they get pleasure from and entry the providers they want. To maintain residents protected and wholesome, help financial restoration, create jobs and construct vibrant, resilient communities, native governments and group companions throughout the nation are implementing artistic methods to enhance individuals’s high quality of life now and following the pandemic.
At this time, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre and Christine Buttkus, Government Director at Surrey Cares Group Basis to announce funding for initiatives underneath the Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative that may profit residents of Metro Vancouver. Additionally in attendance have been Sophia Suderman, Government Director of Pedal Basis, Teka Everstz, Nationwide Coordinator at DUDES Membership Society, and Karen Lee-Morgan, Creative Director, Well being Arts Society. The initiatives being introduced right this moment are among the many greater than 250 initiatives receiving funding following the primary spherical of functions.
Protected and Vibrant Public Areas
With nearly $75,000 in federal funding, Burnaby’s Nikkei Backyard will arrange an area farmer’s market open to the general public that may provide contemporary, native, and culturally-appropriate meals choices in a protected out of doors setting that respects public well being tips. Funds may also help security upgrades and restorations in order that the backyard and market will be loved by everybody.
Improved Mobility Choices
Federal funding of $66,000 will help the Pedal Basis’s Oppenheimer Park Bicycle Restore Clinics challenge, which can provide bicycle restore clinics in Oppenheimer Park to assist be certain that individuals who dwell in Vancouver’s downtown east facet can preserve their bikes tuned and stay energetic in addition to get to work and entry social networks and help providers.
With federal funding of $95,000, the DUDES Membership Society will develop and adapt their digital platforms in order that it could possibly create alternatives for males in over 200 areas, together with 10 males’s correctional centres, to attach and help one another’s wellness by on-line communities. Specifically, this challenge will assist the marginalized males disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 proceed to satisfy in peer-based areas that promote Indigenous males’s bodily and psychological wellness.
Greater than $64,000 in federal funding will assist help BC Hospice and Palliative Care Affiliation’s grief and bereavement programming by permitting them to host their symposium and carry out outreach nearly. Grief and bereavement struggles have been exacerbated by COVID-19 making initiatives like this one all of the extra essential. Funds may also help the event of an online web page devoted to grief and bereavement sources to help these experiencing loss.
Federal funding of $43,000 will help the Farm-to-Plate challenge by the Canadian Society Selling Environmental Conservation. The free on-line platform will act as a digital farmer’s market that consolidates orders for domestically farmed items and gives “pay what you may” and “pay it ahead” choices. This challenge advantages each marginalized people that battle to entry contemporary meals and farmers who’ve been negatively affected by restaurant closures.
With federal funding of $50,000, the Well being Arts Society will to develop a brand new on-line portal from the place seniors dwelling in retirement communities can entry Live shows in Care – weekly video-recorded live shows by native musicians and artists to exchange in-person exhibits. Going digital will allow seniors in Vancouver and neighboring rural communities to entry and luxuriate in music from residence each in the course of the pandemic and as soon as public well being restrictions have been lifted.
The Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative is a $31-million funding to construct safer areas and guarantee the next high quality of life for individuals throughout the nation, by serving to communities adapt to the challenges offered by COVID-19.
A second name for functions for funding underneath the Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative is open till shut on June 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Candidates can apply for funding starting from $5,000 to $250,000 for eligible initiatives.
“The pandemic has affected the flexibility of individuals of all ages to attach with one another and communities throughout the nation have discovered progressive options to help the well-being of residents. Federal funding is supporting nice initiatives throughout Vancouver, from a bicycle restore clinic in Oppenheimer Park to assist residents keep energetic outside, to video-recorded live shows for seniors dwelling in retirement to securely get pleasure from. The Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative is supporting initiatives throughout the nation that construct extra inclusive communities and guarantee the next high quality of life for Canadians.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential function public areas play in connecting our communities. After over a 12 months of public distancing, our communities want new, progressive public areas that reply to the realities of pandemic instances. I’m thrilled to see these initiatives transfer ahead and witness first-hand their function in constructing extra vibrant, resilient, and safer communities.”
Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre
“The Oppenheimer Bicycle Restore Clinic challenge will profit members of the downtown eastside by guaranteeing their bikes are in protected using situation. For individuals in susceptible conditions, entry to transportation can imply the distinction between them with the ability to earn an revenue, entry their help networks, social providers, and dwell an energetic way of life.”
Sophia Suderman, Government Director of Pedal Basis
“Public areas are the glue to our communities: they allow a sense of belonging and of social cohesion. They’re a giant a part of what makes communities protected, vibrant and related. Because the southern BC areas face elevated isolation attributable to COVID-19, these initiatives from the Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative will assist our group to attach safely and can profit the psychological and bodily well-being of our residents.”
Christine Buttkus, Government Director at Surrey Cares Group Basis
“Well being Arts Society’s ‘Live shows in Care’ program acts as a conduit between the skilled music group and elder audiences in long-term care, retirement communities and different amenities. Our viewers represents the demographic hardest hit by COVID-19, and on this time of isolation, we’re reaching out with ‘Live shows in Care On-line’, weekly digital live shows on our devoted platform. The current grant from the Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative has been invaluable in serving to us keep related with our audiences. We’re extraordinarily grateful to SurreyCares Group Basis, the Authorities of Canada and Minister McKenna for this beneficiant contribution. Thanks!”
Raymond Aucoin, Managing Director, Well being Arts Society
“With the funding from the Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative, DUDES Membership will proceed to develop and construct relationships with group organizations, Indigenous nations, and regional Well being Authorities. We’re a proud and various mixture of males, male, masculine-identified, queer, and gender-nonconforming people. All of whom proceed to construct entry to each western and Indigenous wellness approaches, reconcile and heal from intergenerational impacts of colonial programs, and navigate themselves towards a more healthy way of life whereas strengthening group and have a superb time doing it.”
Teka Everstz, Nationwide Coordinator, DUDES Membership Society
“The Wholesome Communities Initiative is supporting organizations in British Columbia to carry individuals collectively in our communities each in-person and digitally, whereas respecting public well being measures. These initiatives present us the creativity and resourcefulness of communities as they create short-term and longer-lasting options that allow individuals to attach and entry public areas safely.”
Andrea Dicks, President of Group Foundations of Canada
The Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative was created to assist communities adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and create protected methods for residents to entry providers and benefit from the outside. The Initiative is designed to fund eligible initiatives between $5,000 and $250,000 that fall underneath three foremost themes: creating protected and vibrant public areas, enhancing mobility choices, and digital options.
Group Foundations of Canada was chosen by an open name for functions to implement this nationwide challenge. Along with its companions, together with the Canadian City Institute, it’s working with pan-Canadian networks to handle the funding course of and serve the distinct wants of communities throughout Canada, together with equity-seeking teams inquisitive about making use of.
The primary consumption for initiatives was launched on February 9, 2021, and closed on March 9, 2021.
The second consumption is now open till June 25, 2021. Candidates wishing to use for the second spherical can entry additional particulars on the Group Foundations of Canada website. Native governments and quite a lot of community-led organizations are eligible to use, together with charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations.
Beneath the Investing in Canada Plan, Infrastructure Canada has authorised greater than $4.3B for 551 initiatives in British Columbia.
Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative – Software Portal: healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca
Infrastructure Canada: Canada Wholesome Communities Initiative: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/chci-iccs/index-eng.html
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