Resilience Research

The Connected Communities Approach (CCA) holds tremendous potential as a framework to help communities prepare for, respond to, recover from and regroup after devastating events (climate and other). C3 is therefore, committed to exploring this potential to its fullest.
With the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (Crew) we are seizing on the opportunity to explore the implications for a Connected Communities Approach (CCA) leveraged specifically to foster community resilience.

In its initial phase, C3 and its partners are undertaking a CIHR funded research study: Healthy and Resilient Cities: a Connected Communities Approach to lay the foundations for a ‘Connected Communities Approach’ to community resilience building.

For more information on this innovative new research, contact Ewa Cerda-Llanos, Manager of Place-Based Strategies,

City of Toronto Community Centred
Resilience Pilot
The Centre for Connected Communities has been working closely with the Resilience Office and many divisions of the City of Toronto to support the implementation of the Resiliency Strategy. Toronto’s Resilience Strategy sets out a vision, goals, and actions to help Toronto survive, adapt and thrive in the face of any challenge, particularly climate change and growing inequities. As a first step C3 with its partners at Openly have facilitated and helped frame the City of Toronto Theory of Change for Supporting Community Based Resilience.

Resilience and Connected Communities:
Building Community-Centered Resilience in the Face of Crisis


Resilience and COVID-19

The Connected Communities in a Time of Physical Distancing (CCPD) is a joint research project between The Centre for Connected Communities, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, that  explores how some neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CCPD project will learn from six neighborhoods: Kingston- Galloway/Orton Park, Regent Park, Lawrence Heights, Parkdale and Mount Dennis and St. Jamestown. This project explores the critical preconditions such as equity and social cohesion that lead to community-based resilience and what community building efforts were in place prior to the COVID-19 crisis. The research will focus on the ways that responses from municipalities, organizations, and institutions support or ignore community-based social-infrastructure to create “by the community for the community” responses to COVID-19. 

Being in the midst of a global pandemic provides a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding, not just about how communities are responding to the pandemic, but also, what pre-pandemic community resilience building efforts are now supporting effective action.

For more information on this innovative new research, contact Ewa Cerda-Llanos, Manager of Place-Based Strategies,