Resources: Links

The following is a list of useful links that provide a range of broad perspectives, practical insights, lessons learned and tips for effective practices for collaborations.

Useful Resources
Government of Canada and Neighbourhood Renewal
  • CITIZENShift
    This National Film Board of Canada web site initiative is dedicated to citizen engagement and social change. Get unique content from active citizens, independent filmmakers and multimedia artists. Voice your opinion, or contribute creatively!
  • National Homelessness Initiative
    The National Homelessness Initiative (NHI) assists governments and community organizations to come together and alleviate homelessness. By encouraging innovative and progressive cooperation, this approach is supporting long-term local solutions to address homelessness.
  • Policy Research Initiative
    The federal government requires the development of a strong knowledge base and policy capacity in order to respond to the increasingly complex policy issues facing Canada. The Policy Research Initiative's core mandate is to advance research on emerging horizontal issues that are highly relevant to the federal government's medium-term policy agenda, and to ensure the effective transfer of this knowledge to policy-makers.
  • Urban Development Agreements
    Urban Development Agreements involve a partnership between the federal, provincial and municipal governments to work in collaboration when addressing broad urban development issues. Whether it is inner city revitalization, strengthened innovation, or sustainable economic development, each urban development agreement is tailored to address the needs of the city it involves. These agreements are resourceful, flexible instruments that coordinate action among the levels of government and result in the seamless delivery of programs and services.
  • Urban Aboriginal Strategy
    In 1998, “the Government of Canada established the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) in hopes of better addressing the serious socio-economic needs of Canada’s urban Aboriginal population. The UAS was designed to improve policy development and program coordination at the federal level and with other levels of government.” In 2003, the Government of Canada allocated $25 million of funding to support pilot projects in selected cities across Canada that test new ideas on how to respond to the local needs of urban Aboriginal people.
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
    A department of the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) was established in 1987 under the provision of the Western Economic Diversification Act. WD works to strengthen Western Canada's economy and advance the interests of the West in national economic policy. Our programs and services support three strategic directions: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Communities. We support the Western Canada Business Service Network, which offers over 100 points of service across the West.

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Neighbourhood Renewal Initiatives - Canada

  • First Nations Community Planning Project
    The First Nations Community Planning Project represents a shift away from government-imposed development to a community-based approach. The rationale behind this approach is that First Nations communities can gain some control over their future by collectively determining the need for change and by defining the direction in which they want to proceed. According to the Cities and Environment Unit of the School of Planning at Dalhousie University: “The idea is that through planning, First Nation communities would articulate a vision and achieve a sense of empowerment that would then become the basis of the relationship with the federal government and improve the quality of life in each community.
  • Inclusive Cities Canada
    Inclusive Cities Canada: A Cross-Canada Civic Initiative is a unique partnership of community leaders and elected municipal politicians working collaboratively to enhance social inclusion across Canada. The goals of Inclusive Cities Canada (ICC) are to strengthen the capacity of cities to create and sustain inclusive communities for the mutual benefit of all people, and to ensure that community voices of diversity are recognized as core Canadian ones.
  • Integrating Art & Social Services
    Summer is a great time to take advantage of the cultural activities offered within our communities! This article, from the Creative City website, emphasizes the important role that art plays in creating healthy communities. Read the article here.
  • Neighbourhoods Alive!
    The Manitoba Government created Neighbourhoods Alive! to provide community organizations in designated neighbourhoods with the support they need to rebuild these neighbourhoods. Neighbourhoods Alive! recognizes that often the best ideas for neighbourhood revitalization come from the community itself. The aim of Neighbourhoods Alive! is to support these ideas and goals with funding and planning assistance.
  • Regina Inner City Community Partnership
    The RICCP is a community-based partnership dedicated to the renewal of Regina's inner city through a process that engages neighbourhood residents and organizations in determining the future of their community. The RICCP Steering Committee brings together governments, community partners, the private sector and area residents to address the priorities identified by the community in the Report on the Community Vision and Action Plan.
  • Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force
    The Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force is a much-needed response to the challenges that are weakening [Toronto]. A year-long initiative of United Way of Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto - with the support of federal and provincial governments - the Task Force will help build stronger neighbourhoods. It responds to the Toronto City Summit Alliance's 2003 report, Enough Talk that recommends funding and services for Toronto neighbourhoods. It also builds on the work of the City of Toronto and United Way of Greater Toronto.
  • The Vancouver Agreement
    The Vancouver Agreement is an urban development initiative of the governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver. The agreement was signed in March 2000 and commits these government partners to work together, and with communities and business in Vancouver, on a coordinated strategy to promote and support sustainable economic, social and community development. The first focus of the Vancouver Agreement is the city's Downtown Eastside area.
  • Vibrant Communities
    Vibrant Communities is a community-driven effort to reduce poverty in Canada by creating partnerships that make use of our most valuable assets – people, organizations, businesses and governments.
  • What Motivates Low-Income Volunteers?
    Vibrant Abbotsford is engaged in actively learning about what motivates low-income volunteers. Learn more about the volunteer work being done by residents in British Columbia here.
  • Winnipeg Partnership Agreement
    The City of Winnipeg has over twenty years of experience working with federal and provincial partners to address the city’s economic and social issues. Winnipeg received funds in the 1970s under the federal government’s Neighbourhood Improvement Program (NIP). Other tri-partite neighbourhood revitalization initiatives followed in the 1980s (the Core Area Initiatives) and the 1990s (Winnipeg Development Agreement). In 2003, the three levels of government negotiated a renewed a five-year, $75 million Urban Development Agreement, called the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement (WPA). The (WPA) will focus on four core components: Aboriginal Participation; Building Sustainable Neighbourhoods; Downtown Renewal; and Supporting Innovation and Technology.

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Non-Government Organizations - Canada

  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
    The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. By combining solid research with extensive outreach, we work to enrich democratic dialogue and ensure Canadians know there are workable solutions to the issues we face. The Centre offers analysis and policy ideas to the media, general public, social justice and labour organizations, academia and government.
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
    The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, which was founded in 1920. Our mission is to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities. We do this through research, consultation, public education and advocacy. Our main product is information.
  • Canadian Policy Research Networks
    Our mission is to help make Canada a more just, prosperous and caring society. We seek to do this through excellent and timely research, effective networking and dissemination, and by providing a valued neutral space within which an open dialogue among all interested parties can take place.
    The Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program (CEDTAP) is Canada’s largest non-profit (non-governmental) granting agency in the field of Community Economic Development (CED). National in scope, this bilingual program serves all provinces and territories in Canada. CEDTAP provides grants to Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and also promotes activities that strengthen the CED sector as a whole. To date (May 2004), CEDTAP has assisted over 345 CED agencies in support of leading-edge, community development initiatives to create new, sustainable economic development solutions in disadvantaged communities throughout Canada.
  • Centre Canadien d’etude et de cooperation internationale
    CECI fights poverty and exclusion; it strengthens the development capacity of disadvantaged communities; it supports initiatives for peace, human rights and equity; it mobilizes resources and promotes the exchange of know-how.” Conducts mostly international development projects, but also works on public engagement initiatives in Canada.
  • Centre for Community Enterprise
    The Centre for Community Enterprise is a pre-eminent source of expertise and resources in starting and strengthening CED organizations, revitalizing communities, developing community-minded businesses, CED curriculum design and delivery, and publishing - including the quarterly CED magazine Making Waves.
  • The Canadian CED Network
    Our mission is to promote and support community economic development for the social, economic and environmental betterment of communities within Canada.
  • Easy to Use Community Level Data
    The first in a series of products from the 2007 edition of the Urban Poverty Project is now on-line. Community Profiles includes national, provincial, and community statistics about population, households, labour force activity, and education levels. More here. [Source: CCSD]
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and municipal government occupy a central position in the political and economic structure of Canada. In its 60 years it has learned that the diversity of Canada and of municipal institutions is a centrifugal force, which at the same time stimulates the vitality of the organization.
  • Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
    The Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition is a registered charity that was established in 1992. Our membership represents provincial associations, local and regional healthy community coalitions and others who support the principles of healthy communities. Our mission is to work with the diverse communities of Ontario to strengthen their social, environmental and economic well-being.
  • VanCity Community Foundation
    VanCity Community Foundation is a catalyst for community transformation based on social and economic justice in a sustainable environment.
  • Villes et villages en sante
    The Quebec Network of Healthy Cities and Towns began in 1988 and now has over 140 member municipalities. “The concept is simple and flexible: integrated action by various municipal services and with organizations in the community, be they resources in the health network, the education network, the work world, community groups or citizens themselves. It is based on the fact that municipalities represent the political level closest to the population and undoubtedly the most significant for its health, since an individual's quality of life is a key factor in his state of health.

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Academia - Canada

  • Centre for Urban and Community Studies – University of Toronto
    The Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on urban issues…The Centre’s activities contribute to scholarship on questions relating to the social, economic and physical well-being of people who live and work in urban areas large and small, in Canada and around the world.
  • Institute of Urban Studies
    The Institute is committed to “examining urban development issues in a broad, non-partisan context and has never lost sight of the demands of applied research aimed at practical, often novel, solutions to urban problems. IUS has continually refocused its research objectives and broadened its mandate to incorporate issues within a prairie and national urban context, including inner city, environmental urban sustainability, Aboriginal and northern concerns, and community development issues.
  • Public Policy in the Neighbourhoods
    Public Policy in the Neighbourhoods: Challenging Governments and Communities, a presentation by Neil Bradford, CPRN Research Associate, reviews the principles that should govern the rebuilding of neighbourhoods: inclusion, diversity and collaboration. Download the presentation here and learn more about CPRN’s work on Cities & Communities here.
  • SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development
    Since its founding in 1989, the goal of the SFU CED Centre has been to encourage accountable, sustainable and appropriate community economic development in British Columbia. The CED Centre has accomplished this by provided research, training and advisory services to the CED sector in BC through a team of associates drawn from the University and CED practice.
  • UNBC – Community Development Institute
    The Community Development Institute at UNBC is interested in two fundamental issues for communities in northern BC: community capacity and community development. By undertaking research, sharing information, and supporting education outreach, the Institute is becoming a vital partner to communities interesting in making informed decisions about their own futures.

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Neighbourhood Renewal Initiatives - International

  • A Fairer Victoria
    A Fairer Victoria is the Australian government's social policy action plan in the state of Victoria. Launched by the Premier on 28 April, 2005, the plan sets out 85 actions the government will take within 14 major strategies to address disadvantage in Victoria. One of these actions is to extend and expand Neighbourhood Renewal.
  • Building Communities, Changing Lives
    This report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the contribution of large, independent neighbourhood-based regeneration organizations in tackling social exclusion and provides practical recommendations to boost these organizatons’ ability to build vibrant, integrated communities. To learn more, click here.
  • Community Building: Coming of Age
    This report from the Urban Institute provides an excellent ‘where are we now’ summary of community building initiatives, with a focus on major emergent themes and strategies. It focuses on a new, non-uniform approach to helping address the problems and opportunities of both impoverished inner-city neighbourhoods and rural areas. This approach focuses on replacing feelings of dependency with attitudes of self-reliance, confidence and responsibility. To read the report, click here.
  • Building Communities from the Inside Out
    This guide to "asset-based community development" summarizes lessons learned by studying successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of neighbourhoods across the United States. Learn more here.
  • Community Builders NSW
    This site aims to help local communities across New South Wales share ideas on how to enhance and strengthen their community, with a strong focus on case studies and practical achievements. The site was developed in response to the desire expressed by communities to access information about what others are doing and what works to make their community safer, healthier, inclusive, and more vibrant and enterprising.
  • The Dynamics of Neighbourhood Sustainability
    The Dynamics of Neighbourhood Sustainability is an electronic publication available through the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The book, written by Geoff Green, Mike Grimsley and Bernard Stafford, considers the key role that neighbourhood assets play in neighbourhood sustainability. Designed to uncover the causes of neighbourhood growth and decline in deprived areas of England, the study charts, over time, the influence of four assets – social, human, environmental and fixed – on the self-reported well-being of residents of eight former coalmining communities of South Yorkshire, England.
  • End of One Way
    This profile by the Annie E. Casey Foundation tells the stories of three community-based organizations in south Minneapolis that are working to restore, sustain, and create community. These stories illustrate effective, unconventional ways that service organizations can work for and through their communities. Download the paper here.
  • ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research (UK)
    The Centre for Neighbourhood Research (CNR) aims to advance theoretical and empirical understanding of neighbourhoods. It will provide a resource for other researchers and policy makers working in this field through an assessment of existing evidence and through original research.
  • Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program
    An innovative effort to bring residents into the priority-setting process of their city, this program is based on the belief that the empowerment of residents and the mobilization of untapped resources, energy and creativity can make a progressive vision of the future a reality. Visit the website here.
  • Neighbourhoods at the Tipping Point
    Neighbourhoods at the Tipping Point is a study published by Jacksonville Community Council Inc. in 2003 which examines neighbourhoods in Jacksonville, Florida that are vulnerable to decline, and recommends steps that residents can take to strengthen their neighbourhood. Learn more here.
  • Neighbourhoods of Choice and Connection
    Prepared for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Centenary Event, this paper, by Bruce Katz, explores the American response to neighbourhood deprivation over the past several decades in hopes of providing policy and programmatic lessons for both Britain and the United States.
  • The Ripple Effect
    This study explores the economic impact of a unique policy to direct public and non profit investments to specific communities with the aim of attracting and sustaining additional private capital. Access the study here.
  • Thriving Neighbourhoods
    Check out this section of the Pew Partnerships for Civic Change website. It's dedicated to highlighting the types of work that result in positive change within communities to create "thriving neighbourhoods." Visit the website here.
  • UK Neighbourhood Renewal Unit
    The Neighbourhood Renewal Unit is responsible for implementing the UK government's long-term vision for narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country. The site has an extensive information on Neighbourhood Renewal policies, strategies and programs including the New Deal for Communities program. Practical information is also provided on Neighbourhood Management plans, funding allocations, local strategic partnerships, research and development and community forums.
  • UK
    Developed by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, the purpose of this site is to provide an independent, evidence based view of what works and what doesn't in neighbourhood renewal. The documents commissioned for have been produced by a team of independent experts.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established in 1965 to provide decent, safe, and sanitary homes. HUDs work includes creating opportunities for homeownership, providing housing assistance for low-income persons, working to create, rehabilitate and maintain the affordable housing, enforcing fair housing laws, helping the homeless and encouraging economic growth in distressed neighbourhoods.

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Non-Government Organizations - International

  • ABC’s of Asset Development
    The Asset Based Community Development Institute website showcases the Institutes findings on capacity-building community development through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets. Visit the website here.
  • Association for the Study and Development of Community
    The Association for the Study and Development of Community (ASDC) is a research and development organization for community capacity building and social problem solving. ASDC represents a network of leading community development practitioners and scientists in the United States and Europe, with offices in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Milan, Italy. ASDC combines the principled, rigorous use of scientific methods with practical tools to foster learning and improved capacity for social change.
  • Civic Practices Network
    Civic Practices Network (CPN) is a collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the civic renewal movement. We share a commitment to bring practical methods for public problem solving into every community and institutional setting in America.
  • Community Organizing and Development
    The Online Conference on Community Organizing and Development, COMM-ORG was founded in 1995 with the mission to link academics and activists, and theory and practice, toward the goal of improving community organizing and its related crafts. Visit the website here.
  • Community Development Exchange
    CDX's mission is to be a strong and effective voice for community development. We are a diverse membership-led organisation, aiming to bring about positive changes towards social justice and equality by using and promoting the values and approaches of community development…CDX acts as a catalyst for change by sharing information, experience and practice through a variety of means including conferences, networks, newsletters, website and research.
  • End Games: The Challenge of Sustainability
    This resource by the Annie E. Casey Foundation is designed for both funders and grantees. It addresses the specific challenges of sustainability that comprehensive community initiatives face. Its 12 “Suggestions from the Field” consider how to deal with sustainability and develop a theory of sustainability. To read this resource, click here.
  • ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research
    The Centre for Neighbourhood Research (CNR) aims to advance theoretical and empirical understanding of neighbourhoods. It will provide a resource for other researchers and policy makers working in this field through an assessment of existing evidence and through original research.
  • Imagine Chicago
    Imagine Chicago is a non-profit organization that helps people develop their imagination as city creators. It offers everyone, especially young people, the opportunity to invest themselves in the city’s future. Imagine Chicago works in partnership with individuals and local organizations – schools, museums, churches, businesses, and community groups. Together, they design and implement innovative civic projects that build meaningful connections across generations and cultures and have lasting institutional and community impact. Imagine Chicago encourages individuals and organizations to focus constructively on their capacities and opportunities to make a difference as they: understand what is; imagine what can be, and create what will be.
  • International Healthy Cities Coalition
    The Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities project is a worldwide effort promoted by the World Health Organization. Its goals are to promote a holistic concept of health that includes social, economic, psychological and environmental well-being, and to develop community-based actions, programs and policies for communities to implement in support of this goal (Marcia Nozick, Canadian Dimension 32 (3), May-June 1998).
  • It's Time to Start Connecting the Dots
    In this address to The Pew Partnership, Lisbeth Schorr urges organizations involved in building stronger communities to “connect the dots in ways that would allow us to tell our story more convincingly to the wider world.” To read this keynote speech, click here.
  • Neighbourhoods Online
    Neighborhoods Online was created in 1995 by the Institute for the Study of Civic Values as an online resource center for America's neighborhood builders – people who work through grassroots organizations, as volunteers, and in government to build strong neighborhoods and communities throughout the country. Our aim is to provide fast access to information and ideas covering all aspects of neighborhood revitalization, as well as to create a national network of activists and people in government working on problems that affect us where we live.
  • Not Quite Chaos
    This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is intended as an aid to thinking more concretely and uniformly about features that can be modeled and understood in ways that make the "art" of community building more like a disciplined field of study and practice. The report addresses two questions: What is community building and how do we model it as a sustainable community change process? What might a community-building effort look like on the ground? Access the report here.
  • Pico National Network
    PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.
  • Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives (Aspen Institute)
    The Roundtable on Community Change was established in 1992 as a forum in which people engaged in the field of comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs)-including foundation sponsors, directors, technical assistance providers, evaluators, and public sector officials-could meet to discuss the lessons that are being learned by initiatives across the country and to work on common problems they are facing.
  • Together We Can
    Leaders across America - from neighborhoods to state houses, from parent groups to public and private agencies, from schools and social welfare organizations to economic development and community organizing groups -- are endeavoring to work together toward a shared vision for their communities and improved results for their children and families. The mission of Together We Can is to strengthen and sustain the capacity of community collaboratives and state initiatives to move toward that shared vision.
  • Untapped Markets & Win-Win Stories
    Win-Win Partners is an outgrowth of the Ford Foundation Corporate Involvement Initiative, and focused on sharing new and innovative win-win stories of companies and organizations achieving competitive advantage through community investment. Be sure to check out the “Untapped Markets” section of their website here.
  • Urban Ecology
    Urban Ecology uses urban design, land use planning, and policy reform to help communities plan and build neighborhoods that are ecologically healthy, socially just, and economically fair.

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  • A Community Decision-Making Cycle
    This model, by H.J Aslin & V.A Brown, outlines different stages of the engagement process and describes which community engagement tools can be used to assist each stage, as well as how to move the process forward through to action. This is a useful framework because it helps people match community engagement tools with the right stage of decision-making. More on this model here.
  • Dynamics of Neighbourhood Sustainability
    This book considers the key role that neighbourhood assets play in neighbourhood sustainability and charts the influence of social, human, environmental and fixed assets on the well-being of residents of eight communities in England. Download the book here!
  • Katrina's Window: Confronting Concentrated Poverty Across America
    Hurricane Katrina's assault on New Orleans' most vulnerable residents and neighborhoods has reinvigorated a dialogue on race and class in America. This paper argues that the conversation should focus special attention on alleviating concentrated urban poverty—the segregation of poor families into extremely distressed neighborhoods. Learn more here.
  • Neighbourhood Management and the Future of Urban Areas
    This paper, from the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, focuses on low income neighbourhoods, their organization and management, and also addresses environmental and social problems within neighbourhoods to foster a wider understanding of social exclusion, sustainable development and the need for greater care of urban communities. Download the paper here!
  • What Works in Renewal
    Developed by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in the UK, this website provides an independent, evidence-based view of what works, and what doesn't, in neighbourhood renewal, and includes guides, project summaries, case studies & more. Visit the website here.


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Action for Neighbourhood Change was in operation from 2005-2007. This site exists to capture and share the learnings that emerged from this initiative, but new material is no longer being added on a regular basis. ANC is not responsible for the content of external links, which may change; however, if you find a broken link, please let us know.