Aviva Community Fund finalists announced

Published: November 3, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



The Aviva Community Fund is already up and running in 2017 and Aviva Canada has announced which projects will become finalists. The company says the finalists were decided after two million votes were cast across 500 community ideas.

As usual, Aviva Canada has put up more than $1 million to be handed to winners. Finalists will compete for the grand prizes, which will be decided by an independent panel of judges. In a press release, the company says grand prize winners will get up to $100,000 (if entered into the large level of funding), up to $50,000 (if entered into the small level of funding) and $150,000 (if entered into the Community Legacy category).

Not all finalists will be grand prize winners, but can still get a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Aviva Canada will announce the winners on Dec. 5.

This year’s judges include Bev Gutray (CEO of the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association), Debra Shime (senior vice president of community impact with the United Way of Toronto & York Region), Elissa Beckett (vice president, development & strategic initiatives, Tides Canada), Marina Glogovac (president & CEO, CanadaHelps), Phil Gibson (chief underwriting officer, Aviva Canada), Samina Talat (senior director, community health & wellness, Red Cross Canada) and Scott Shields (director of operations with Cypher Systems Group) and Stephen Savage (executive vice president of Cypher Systems Group).

The finalists’ ideas are listed below by funding category:

Community Development category

  • Empowering Employment (Victoria, B.C.)
  • Housing for Hope (Antigonish, N.S.)
  • Recovery Begins With Shelter #SoulsHarbour (Halifax, N.S.)
  • Two Rivers Revitalization (Marion Bridge, N.S.)
  • Brockville Police After School Program (Brockville, Ont.)
  • Grow FEAT to Support Kids of Incarcerated Parents (Hamilton, Ont.)
  • Parkdale Community Food Centre: Serving Hope!* (Hamilton, Ont.)
  • Riversyde 83: Kitchen Renovation (Simcoe, Ont.)
  • Share the ROM with Kids and New Canadians (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Teach For Canada: Making Education More Equal (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Un quartier mobilisé vers une épicerie collective! (Montreal, Que.)

*Top-Ranked Broker Supported Idea – Morison Insurance Brokers/Tri-County Insurance Group

Community Health category

  • Riverstone Public School (K-8) Playground (Grande Prairie, Alta.)
  • Operation Outdoors: First United’s New Van Plan (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Together in Harmony: Playground Redevelopment (Victoria, B.C.)
  • Seaside Park Elementary Community Playground (Saint John, N.B.)
  • A Splash Pad for Placentia (Placentia, Nfld.)
  • #GrieveNotAlone (Kawartha Lakes, Ont.)
  • Nipissing Serenity Hospice (North Bay, Ont.)
  • Paris Central School Playground Revitalization (Paris, Ont.)
  • Sault Ste. Marie’s Splash Pad Play Destination (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
  • Un jardin thérapeutique à La Maison Aube-Lumière (Sherbrooke, Que.)

Community Resilience category

  • SCA Community Garden (Sherwood Park, Alta.)
  • Emma’s Acres: Environmental Sustainability (Mission, B.C.)
  • Green Dining at the new St. John’s Farmers’ Market (St. John’s, Nfld.)
  • Lasalle’s Living Lab – Passive Solar Greenhouse (Sudbury, Ont.)
  • Replanting School Grown (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Soper Creek Wildlife Education Centre (Bowmanville, Ont.)
  • The Farm & Market in Clarenville Phase 2 (Clarenville, Nfld.)
  • Trusted EVisors™ – Improving Community Resilience (Aurora, Ont.)
  • Wikwemikong Greenhouse for Change (Wikwemikong First Nation, Ont.)
  • De la semence à l’assiette (Oka, Que.)

Finalists in the Community Legacy category

  • Circular Center: Plastic Recycling in Remote areas (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Sprouts: Students Supporting Sustainable Food (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Jump In HFX (Halifax, N.S.)
  • Indigenous-Led Climate Justice -Toolkit for Action (Ottawa, Ont.)
  • Polycycle (Ottawa, Ont.)