Community investment seekers wanted access to a new revitalization fund

“Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces”

Shared public places are at the heart of many communities across Canada, including here in the North Bay region.

Main streets, town centers, community and cultural centers, farmers’ markets, libraries, outdoor spaces and other public places attract residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and jobs.

In many communities, these spaces have remained empty as Canadians have taken precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19.

“Our economic recovery is closely tied to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces,” said Anthony Rota, MPP for Nipissing-Timiskaming in a statement.

“Cities and towns thrive when they have community infrastructure to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These are integral to our well-being. general as individuals, families and communities and I encourage eligible applicants to apply to regional development agencies in Canada.

The new Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF) announced in Budget 2021 is providing $500 million over two years to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces, helping to create the conditions and accessibility needed to stimulate local economies and bring Canadians back together once it is safe to do so.

Applicants whose projects are ready to start are strongly encouraged to submit their application before July 23, 2021.

“Now is the time to invest in the shared public spaces that will bring people together safely and help communities grow and prosper into the future,” Rota said.

Rota notes that CCRF funding will support two main streams of activity: adapting community spaces and assets so they can be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines. In addition to building or improving community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage and explore their communities and regions.

Eligible recipients will include non-profit organizations, rural, municipal or regional governments; indigenous groups and communities; and public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure.

Eligible activities include revitalizing main streets or downtown areas, improving or reimagining outdoor spaces, reducing environmental impacts, and increasing accessibility to public spaces for everyone’s enjoyment.

As public health restrictions ease, the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund will aim to further stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians by investing in shared spaces to make them safer. , greener and more accessible.

Jill E. Washington