Government of Canada Launches $ 500 Million Canada Community Revitalization Fund to Boost Post-COVID-19 Recovery

New community investments in shared public spaces fuel community revitalization and create the conditions for local economies to thrive

OTTAWA, ON, June 23, 2021 / CNW / – Shared public spaces in villages, towns and cities are at the heart of communities across Canada. Main streets, city 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 been left empty as Canadians have taken precautions to stay safe from COVID-19.

The government of Canada recognizes that Canadian cities 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 overall well-being as individuals, families and communities.

Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces. The new Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CRF) announced in Budget 2021 provides for $ 500 million more than two years for from Canada regional development agencies (ADR) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces, helping to create the conditions and accessibility to stimulate local economies and bring Canadians together once it is safe to do so.

RDAs are now accepting applications
Today, the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that eligible applicants can now apply. Applicants whose projects are ready to go are strongly encouraged to apply through July 23, 2021.

Since the onset of COVID-19, from Canada The RDAs have been on the ground providing relief and recovery funds to businesses and business support organizations to help them overcome the effects of the pandemic through the $ 2 billion Regional relief and recovery fund, preserving more than 143,700 jobs.

As public health restrictions ease, the Canada 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 for children. make it safer, greener and more accessible.


“Today’s announcement demonstrates that the government of from Canada commitment to supporting the economic development of communities of all sizes and in all regions. We have helped put small and medium-sized businesses on the road to recovery. Now is the time to invest in shared public spaces that will bring people together safely and help communities grow and prosper in the future. “
The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Fast facts

  • FCRC funding will support two main streams of activities:
    • adapt community spaces and assets so that they can be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,
    • build or improve 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.
  • Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of under-represented groups and take into consideration the unique challenges of rural and remote communities.
  • A one-time special planned admission will focus on eligible projects that are ready to go forward. Initial screening will begin during the four week period. The evaluation of applications will begin on July 23, 2021, 23:59 PDT. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application before this date. If funds remain beyond the scheduled admission period, applications will continue to be accepted and funded on an ongoing admission basis over the next two years or until allocated funding is fully distributed.
  • For more information on the application process, eligibility criteria and eligible expenses, or to apply to CCRF, contact your regional development agency.
  • In Quebec, discussions will take place with the relevant government authorities to facilitate the deployment of this initiative.

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For further information: Contacts: Catherine Mounier-Desrochers, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of the Economy, Development and Official Languages, [email protected]; Media Relations, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, [email protected]; Media relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]; Media Relations, FedDev Ontario, [email protected]; Barclay Babcock, Communications Officer, FedNor, [email protected]; Mark Feldbauer, Western Economic Diversification, [email protected]; Christian Poulin, Communications Advisor, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, [email protected]

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