Cities Deepening Community



Cities Deepening Community is a collective impact movement aimed at strengthening neighbourhoods and ending social isolation in Canada.

Cities Deepening Community has been working with communities and organizations across Canada and internationally since 2016. We are building a vibrant network of communities that are committed to strengthening neighbourhoods and fostering positive community change through resident-led action.

We support communities to increase a sense of belonging, citizenship, resilience, and well-being while also fostering community security and strengthening local economies.  We do this by hosting community of practices, webinars, and events, producing publications that share our learnings and supporting our members with specialized coaching.

The CDC team is here to support you, learn more about members of the team; Heather Keam, Elle Richards, and Dan Ritchie. Feel free to connect with any of them.


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RECONNECT! Making Community Essential

Join 800 community change-makers on October 6 and 7 as Tamarack’s Learning Community convenes to discuss how we are going to rebuild social connection after the COVID pandemic. We will learn together from communities across North America that have innovative responses to COVID recovery and have implemented effective social responses. We will learn about the unprecedented spontaneous uprising of everyday people taking action to support their neighbours.

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If you want support to develop a community plan or neighbourhood strategy, reach out to Heather or Dan. 

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Guide: Building Your Case for a Neighbourhood Strategy

Cities are now developing neighbourhood strategies that help guide municipal staff, organizations, and residents to work together to build healthy vibrant neighbourhoods. This guide is for municipal staff or community groups interested in building the case for the development of a neighbourhood strategy.

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Guide: Community Engagement for Developing a Neighbourhood Strategy

If you are looking to build a neighbourhood strategy, this guide will provide you with tools and resources to assist you in engaging the community and, ultimately, developing a meaningful, actionable strategy.

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Guide: Asset-Based Community Development at a Glance

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) starts with people’s gifts and strengths (assets). These assets equip people to respond to local needs and challenges in their neighbourhoods. ABCD also considers how individual and group assets can be harnessed and connected to create positive changes within a community.

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Guide: Five Steps for Building Strong and Sustainable Groups

Building a successful group takes time, resources, relationships and trust. In this guide, you will find five steps and associated resources to help build groups that will work together to make change in your community.

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Let's Make Community Essential

We all have spent the past 14 months social distancing, with the vital components of what is at the heart of community shut down such as parks, trails, cafes, community centres, events and social gatherings. We find...

3 Funding Opportunities to Support Community Initiatives

The Government of Canada and its partners are currently accepting applications for three major funding opportunities for communities. Through the funding opportunities, communities can apply for funding to support public...

The City of North Vancouver: Becoming the “Healthiest Small City in the World”

The City of North Vancouver has a bold vision: to become the “healthiest small city in the world”. To realize their vision, the City’s Mayor and Council have five key goals: to become a City for People, a Liveable City, a...



CASE STUDY | Crafting Social Capital One Home at a Time

COVID-19 has brought about a cultural shift towards how we spend our time: more energy is being spent learning new talents and working on projects. Stores are reporting shortages on craft supplies, baking ingredients and...

CASE STUDY | Harvesting Local Gifts and Assets at the Centennial Community Garden

Community gardens have been popping up in cities across Canada and have been proven to have many health benefits such as promoting physical activity and reducing stress. The Centennial community garden in St. Catharines,...

GUIDE | Exploring the Importance of Social Capital

Atlantic Canada has been uniquely positioned during the global Coronavirus outbreak. Among the other provinces in Canada and compared to many nations of the world, they are experiencing relative safety and holding up better...



WEBINAR | Monitoring Happiness and Community Well-Being

On July 7th, Tamarack's Cities Deepening Community Team was joined by Oksana Kishchuk and Richard Jenkins to explore the concept of happiness in relation to how it affects community well-being, and the dimensions of...

WEBINAR | Democracy - A New Idea For Government to Do 'With' Not 'For'

In this webinar, John McKnight and David Mathews explored why there is a loss of faith in governing institutions, why doing 'with' not 'for' can work and examples of how it has worked and what can citizens do to be producers...

WEBINAR | Cities Developing Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery (en anglais seulement)

The impacts of COVID-19 have been profound. Communities have had to deal with incredible loss, businesses have suffered, children and families have struggle through a compromised education system, and our sense of well-being...


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