Connected Communities in a time of Physical Distancing: Community-led responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the city of Toronto.

CCPD will explore the ways that 6 Toronto communities have responded to the health, psycho-social and economic stresses that are exacerbated, amplified or created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on interviews with grassroots leaders, social service agencies, NGOs, and City staff engaged in each of 6 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas in Toronto, CCPD will explore the social infrastructure that was in place prior to COVID-19 that has enabled some communities to act together during and subsequent to the pandemic, and what communities identify as a lack of social infrastructure that made community-led responses difficult or impossible during and post COVID-19.

Faculty Supervisor:

Blake Poland


Garrett T Morgan


Tides Canada


Geography / Geology / Earth science


Other services (except public administration)


University of Toronto



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