Resilient Communities & Neighbourhoods


Bringing citizens, groups, organizations, businesses and local governments together

The Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project brings citizens, groups, organizations, businesses and local governments together to create more resilient communities together. Here’s how we do it…

We work with communities and neighbourhoods to strengthen four core aspects of resilience

1. Shifting attitudes and values towards greater social cohesion and positive, solutions-focused outlooks.

2. Identifying and addressing gaps in human, natural and built infrastructure and resources.

3. Strengthening local ownership and local control of economies.

4. Engaging leaders, groups and citizens in neighbourhood-based planning and action to ensure local needs are met.

Principles for Neighbourhood Resilience Building

resilient neighbourhood graphic of buildings, trees, and community garden

Working at multiple-scales and across sectors, encouraging comprehensive, community-wide solutions to common concerns and getting to the roots of problems for lasting change.

Encouraging both the short and long-term view: Quick-action projects at the street or block level, with neighbourhood-wide, comprehensive planning and action.

Providing inspiring examples of change to create hope and motivate action: Creating resilience in neighbourhoods and communities locally and abroad.

Assessing local resilience to optimize limited resources:  Targeting where community energy and resource investment will have the most impact creates strength from the bottom up.

Going beyond conventional planning: Resilience can help communities consider a broader range of important issues often not included in traditional planning.

Providing opportunities for people to engage in different ways: Engaging all segments of the community, meeting people where they’re at, engaging the “head, hands and heart”

2013-2015 Victoria West Pilot

Learn more about our 2013-15 Victoria West pilot, which included a community assessment of neighbourhood resilience strengths and vulnerabilities, cross-sector action to strengthen resilience, arts-based community engagement through neighbourhood theatre, and our first ever Resilient Streets pilots.

  • victoria west neighbourhood party with people sitting and talking on hay bales

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