How do we transform social purpose spaces after a pandemic? Here are five bold ideas.

Why It Matters

Community spaces will play a key role in facilitating a recovery from COVID-19. Yet they have the potential to not only rebuild, but also reshape our relationships to each other and the natural environment. Four leaders offer their visions for this future.

This Impact Lab is Transforming Calgary’s Social Sector

Why It Matters

With limited resources and stringent competition for funds, social sector organizations are increasingly expected to do more with less, particularly during the current pandemic and economic crisis. In Calgary, The Social Impact Lab is encouraging collaboration over competition by bringing together non-profits and businesses. This is our sixth story in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada.

Federal government announces $31 million for community-led infrastructure projects that support local recovery

Why It Matters

COVID-19 is changing Canadian communities’ infrastructure needs: outdoor public space is more precious than ever, public transit is unsafe for those vulnerable to the virus, and a connection to the internet has become a lifeline for many community members.

Canada’s first recovery-focused data platform is letting youth lead the way

Why It Matters

Employment among student youth is 23 percent lower than 2019. Meanwhile, the federal government has earmarked $4 billion to help struggling municipalities deploy public services. Through Pivot 2020, 1,200 youth across Canada will collect valuable, localized data on how best to allocate these services, while learning new skills that can help them find employment.

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For a full pandemic recovery, Northern Canada needs policy change on food insecurity

Why It Matters

Before the COVID-19, over half of Nunavut’s households experienced food insecurity. Pandemic lockdowns have heighted the issue. In partnership with Community Foundations Canada we look at Qajuqturvik Food Centre, which is providing solutions through food, tradition and community.