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. Do you have any questions? Want to get involved? Reach out to any member of the team: Heather Keam, Dan Ritchie and Connor Judge


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Building Belonging in St. Albert: A Story of Deepening Community

In this 10-minute video, you can hear from one of our members – the City of St. Albert, Alberta – as they describe the process and impacts of Deepening Community where they live.


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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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Recreating our ways to empower people with disabilities

For many of us, the conversation around maintaining our health and well-being during periods of social isolation has become increasingly relevant. We all now see the inherent value in going out for a walk with a friend or...

Looking forward with hope: Community-building in 2022

It has been 18 months since we first started “social distancing” and shutting down some of the most vital components of what is at the heart of community, such as parks, trails, cafes, community centres, events and social...

Four Stories that Build Community Resilience Using Social Capital

As COVID-19 cases start to go down, mass vaccinations are happening and communities are starting to think about the future and open, up we find ourselves at a crossroad. COVID has affected our jobs and families, shut down...



ARTICLE | Connecting Community, the Strategic Way!

In this article, Heather Keam, Associate Director of Cities Deepening Community, introduces what a neighbourhood strategy is, its limitations and why it is important to centre the community or neighbourhood when we develop...

PROJECT | Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS)

This resource is an example of Neighborhood Health Status Improvement from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

PROJECT | Strengthening Our Area Residents (SOAR)

This resource is an example of Neighborhood Health Status Improvement from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

It profiles the Strengthening Our Area Residents (SOAR) initiative taking place in the Towns of Galen and...



WEBINAR | A Deep Dive into “The Art of Neighboring”

This webinar recording features a fireside chat with Deanna Butz from Stony Plain and author Dave Runyon as they talk about the importance of focusing your work on building neighbour relationships and what that means for...

WEBINAR | Thinking Like a System and Leading with Humility

In this webinar, Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, BC, sits down with Margaret Wheatley for a fireside chat about systems thinking and changing the way we as cities/towns think about working collectively. What kind of leader do...

WEBINAR | Socially Connected Communities

Social isolation rates were soaring across the world even before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the gathering places that brought us together. However, the rise of social isolation is not a personal choice or individual...


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