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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Latest Community Building Webinar From Deepening Communities

We have had over 16 months of “social distancing” and shutting down the vital components of what is at the heart of the community such as parks, trails, cafes, community centres, events, and social gatherings. The Pandemic response in Canada was swift and given the severity of the situation unprecedented. Though on a technical level we were able to isolate to reduce the spread of the virus, we failed to effectively consider the ramifications of the pandemic response with regard to the social condition of people. People that were lonely became lonelier. Communities that were disconnected became more disconnected. How can we reconnect our communities?

In this webinar, you will learn how a simple act of talking to people can lead to change. De'Amon’s will share his experience and stories about bring neighbours and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbour.



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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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Moving From Disconnect to Reconnect

We are at a pivotal time where the world is carefully and optimistically opening up, and though we may still be in the midst of the ongoing ebb and flow of the pandemic with continued social distance measures, this does not...

Building a Movement: How the Deepening Community Network went from Momentum to Movement

Over the last 5 years, the Deepening Community network has been a timely and powerful response to the growing social isolation, loneliness, and disconnection occurring across Canada. This is a network where citizens and...

How might we reconnect with community post-COVID?

“While we are connected in new ways electronically, I think that sometimes comes at the expense of personal connection and that is a big challenge” – Dr. Trevor Hancock

5 years ago, the Tamarack Institute wrote about a film...



REPORT | Cities Deepening Community Five-Year Impact

The Deepening Community movement has been a timely and powerful response to social isolation, loneliness, and disconnect. Through defining the field, we have established a movement of cities and towns, defined a common...

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,...



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...

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...


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