Healthy Communities Initiative

Aylmer Area Community Foundation takes part in a new Healthy Communities Initiative 

  • As Canadians continue to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs, and build vibrant, resilient communities.

    The South Western Ontario HUB is providing approximately $550,000 in funding to support 28 projects in the Southwestern Ontario Region as part of the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. Through the $31-million Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, the Government of Canada, alongside Community Foundations of Canada, is building safer spaces and ensuring a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

    The South Western Ontario HUB is being co-led by Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, London Community Foundation and WindsorEssex Community Foundation, in partnership with Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Sarnia Community Foundation and Sunset Community Foundation supported by Centre Wellington Community Foundation, Dufferin Community Foundation, Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation and Oxford Community Foundation.

    Starting from May 14, 2021, visit to see the Healthy Communities Initiative projects that have received funding from coast to coast to coast.

    On May 14, 2021, the second round of the Healthy Communities Initiative will open. The South Western Ontario HUB will be providing approximately $800,000 in funding. The Healthy Communities Initiative is funding projects between $5,000 and $250,000 that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help their neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations.

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