What exactly is neighbourhood resilience?

Resilience is about strengthening our community’s response and adaptation to big changes and deep challenges. We create a stronger, more connected community where everyone’s basic needs are met, balanced with the planet’s needs. Building a greater sense of connection to the people and places where we live is important as we recognize and celebrate our interdependence and grow “local self-reliance”.

Why is resilience important for neighbourhoods?

Individuals and communities today face a range of social, environmental and economic challenges. Amidst this, though, many people recognize that we need new ways of addressing our shared challenges. We have the methods and the means locally at hand to transform our lifestyles, social connections, shared spaces and places, and local economies. Through this work, we improve resiliency.

What do resilient neighbourhoods look like?

Building resilience looks different in each neighbourhood. It might involve citizens getting to know each other, sharing tools and skills, and supporting locally-owned businesses. Schools providing “town hall” settings for re-vitalized public engagement. Local governments, organizations and social entrepreneurs collaborating to increase access to green spaces and locally grown food.

How we’re building resilient neighbourhoods

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BRN Resources

Browse our publications, webinars, toolkits, and guides. Explore our curated catalogue of links to free resources from other groups and organizations doing important work in helping build resilience in North America and around the world.

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Resilient Streets

Starting street celebrations, mini-libraries, skills exchanges and apartment rooftop gardens – our workshops, toolkits and micro-grants inspire and support neighbours in connecting and taking collaborative action.

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Resilient Communities
& Neighbourhoods

We host meetings of neighbour champions; develop neighbourhood resource tables with diverse representation; and gather organizations, businesses, local governments and others to build community resilience.

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Resilient streets and communities change lives


“Before the program, neighbours … seldom reached out to talk. Now … we often get together for parties and help one another with projects and events. We support each other with house/pet sitting, sharing gardens/harvests, sharing tools, repairing equipment, figuring out how to vote and Transition Streets has transformed my street into the type of community that can deal with anything, good or bad.” — Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Transition Streets)


“We had our first Food Buyers meeting today thanks to the $40 Resilient Streets grant. WOW, what started as ‘let’s buy organic food together to share costs’ exploded into a chicken coop, carpooling to support local farmers, pet sitting, seed and yard sharing, home-grown food swapping, street canning parties…. and the food buying group of course!” — Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Food Buying)


“I appreciated the fact that you guys know all the things that we worry about and all the things that community engagement is concerned about: People are not showing up, or no volunteers, and so on and so forth. You actually put a little humour into it. You made me feel better about the parts that suck!” — Audience member of Laughing Allowed!


“Even people who did not attend have been friendlier, as they now know our names and where we live. There are now more conversations on the street and less {invasive} ivy in the park. Garden produce is being shared and more greetings being called out as people drive or ride by. We’re planning a bee-friendly garden to occupy an empty lot.” — Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Block Party)


“I struggle with health challenges to do my own gardening, so it was just really heartening for me to see the offers of support, and assistance should I ever need it. It just has me feeling much more connected with my fellow Vic Westians.” — Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Shared Garden Project)

A few of our key resources