Smart & Caring Community


The Challengegg-with-quote

Canada’s Governor General issued a challenge to community foundations: build a “smart and caring nation” for Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017.
Canada’s 150th is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about what our communities and our country could be. It’s a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations.


Our Response

We accepted this challenge locally, and you are invited to help us build a new Smart & Caring Community Fund as a legacy gift to our community. This fund is designed to be nimble and flexible, putting more money, more quickly, out in the community where it is most needed.

This new fund will invest in priority areas based on evidence emanating from our Vital Signs® reports and discussions with community partners. In the near term, our focus areas are:

1. Getting Started – Giving children, youth and newcomers a strong start to life in our community, by focusing on:

  • Supporting strong early childhood development (years 0-6) to ensure that children are school ready
  • Helping youth achieve strong mental health, resiliency, and success in academic, training and employment pursuits
  • Ensuring newcomers feel welcomed in and connected to our community, and helping them access employment and services needed to thrive in their new home

2. Food Security – Supporting systems-level change to reduce food insecurity in our community by:

  • Increasing access to healthy and culturally appropriate food
  • Providing opportunities for gaining food skills, learning about food choices and exploring ideas that enhance food security

3. Community Engagement – To increase our collective sense of belonging and wellbeing by inspiring everyone to be active participants in our communities, with a particular focus on:

  •  Supporting the Truth & Reconciliation process
  • Actively seeking to engage those in our community who may otherwise not have participated (for example, but not limited to Indigenous, seniors, youth, LGBTQ, the disabled, low income individuals and families)
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Encouraging organizations and groups to be (more) diverse and inclusive


Grants from this fund will be used to fund local community projects through our established Community Grants program.


Join us!

You are invited to help us grow our new Smart & Caring Community Fund so we can fund more great projects in our community now and for years to come. Help us leave a significant legacy gift to our communities to mark Canada’s 150th.

Become one of our 150 – we’re looking for 150 individuals/organizations to step up as Founding Contributors to this new fund with a pledge of $10,000. Create a permanent legacy of your commitment to our community. Click to learn more about how to become one of our 150 Smart & Caring Donors.

Or, you can make a gift of any size to the Smart and Caring Community Fund. All donations are welcome and appreciated.

To see the Governor General’s speech on developing smart and caring communities please visit The Governor General of Canada’s website.

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