Vibrant Communities

Cities Deepening Community

Cities across Canada are recognizing the need to invest in the social well-being of citizens who live, work, and play in their communities in order to strengthen a sense of belonging, connection and citizenship leading to happier, healthier, safer and more engaged neighbourhoods.

Vibrant Communities – Cities Deepening Community is a collective impact movement and network aimed at deepening a sense of community in our cities. Through place-based efforts of multi sector roundtables and the alignment of strategies at the municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal levels we are creating a movement that creates the conditions that make deepening community a priority. Cities are joining this growing movement, thereby strengthening our ability to collectively learn from one another and effectively build healthier, safer more vibrant communities.

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The Journal is a free bi-monthly online magazine from Cities Deepening Community that offers the latest resources and articles on collaboration and neighbourhood development as well as information for all of our upcoming events.  

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What Our Members Are Doing

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Cities Deepening Community Brochure

Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf
Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf

Vibrant Communities – Cities Deepening Community has been working with communities and organizations across Canada and the United States since 2016. We have built a momentum connecting communities and supporting learning by bringing leaders together who are deepening community resilience and creating the necessary foundation for positive community change.

NeighbourhoodA Collection of Neighbourhood Strategies

Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf
Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf

Cities Deepening Community is a network of people who are partnering with Tamarack Institute to explore the unique role that neighbours, neighbourhoods and communities play in creating positive futures. This collection of neighbourhood strategies provides a glimpse into the work of seven cities involved in solutions to enhance community well-being.

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How to Develop a Common Agenda for a Collective Impact


Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf
Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf

This 5 Step Guide, written by Paul Born, provides a 'how-to' approach for developing a common agenda when working on Collective Impact initiatives. It provides real life examples of how this process has been used in Paul's own experiences as well as other organizations. This guide can be used as a reference to fine-tune your own methodology. It will help you reflect on your own initiative and spark innovation.


Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)ABCD

ABCD’s emphasis on strengths, connections, citizen leadership and its recognition that individual gifts become powerful when they are connected together echoes deeply with our own practice and approach to community change. In our experience, communities that collaborate are more successful at addressing complex issues like poverty, equity, community safety and community well-being because they are able to harness the talents, knowledge and strengths of diverse perspectives.

Taking It Further

social isolationLoneliness and Isolation Are Public Health Issues

Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David D William, released his annual report in February 2019 called Connected Community Healthier together. The report highlights the growing evidence that loneliness and social isolation affects our health

Someone giving giftTop 10 Resources in Cities Deepening Community in 2018

As we drew to the end of 2018, we took the time to review over 30 contributions that our members made to Cities Deepening Community and packaged the top ten together as our gift to you.

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Neighbourhood Strategy Leaders

This group of neighbourhood leaders is mobilizing a growing number of leaders who are advancing neighbourhood strategies in their municipalities. Together we share resources and experiences that are advancing comprehensive approaches for creating strong neighbourhoods.

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Citizens and Emergency Preparedness 

This CoP is made up of a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies; to enhance their practice; and, to share their knowledge and insights across the field. 

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This Community of Practice goes deeper into ABCD practice and explores helpful tools and resources by bringing together practitioners and residents who are are applying or are seeking to apply an ABCD approach to their community development work.

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Community Change Festival

Sept 30 - Oct 3 | Vancouver, BC

Join changemakers from near and far to deepen your knowledge of the 5 practices needed to move your community change agenda from idea to action to impact. Go deep into one practice area or advance your skills in all five. 

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