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CASE STUDY | Investing in Social Capital Pays Off During a Crisis

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Publications, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community

Did you know that during an emergency your neighbours will likely be your first responders? When COVID-19 forced communities into lockdown, many were unprepared. But the City of St. Albert’s efforts to cultivate social capital in the years leading up to the pandemic yielded dividends when the crisis hit.

Neighbours stepped up to take care of one another and make sure no one was left behind. Research has shown that connected communities like St. Albert are more resilient and can respond more quickly during emergencies.

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Vibrant Communities supports cities and local leaders to develop and implement large-scale change initiatives through two learning networks, Cities Reducing Poverty and Cities Deepening Community. A Vibrant Community can be created once the human, social and economic cost of poverty are significantly reduced. Together, these cities/regions aspire to reduce poverty in 100 cities.

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