2015 Grant

In May, 2015, a grant of $9,920 was made to the Healthbridge Foundation of Canada for its Bike Host Program for a project that addresses both the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability.

The Bike Host Program program is designed to improve equity among underserved immigrant populations by improving their access to mobility. This will assist newcomers by improving:

  • their job prospects; 
  • their quality of life: 
    • many newcomers are unable to purchase a vehicle, which constrains their ability to participate in day-to-day life. 
Participants will be provided support and skills development to empower them to work with government to make the changes they need in their community to cycle, walk and use transit. 

This project replicates a Toronto program which created a 300% increase in cycling among participants. The program matches established immigrants with new immigrants who are adjusting to living in Canada. The mentors and mentees will participate in cycling activities together, including route planning, safe cycling classes, bicycle maintenance and cycling outings. In addition, some participants will complete community audits in their neighbourhood to identify barriers to cycling and transit. 

Participant recruitment began in the spring, and the program activities outlined above took place during the summer. Program evaluation will take place in the fall. 

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