Re:Action our COVID-19 Response

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As our region looks to recover and rebuild from COVID-19, CivicAction is bringing together diverse leaders from across sectors, generations, backgrounds and experiences through Re:Action. CivicAction’s Re:Action initiatives have helped create a collective approach to recovery that instills trust, generates practical ideas and builds a commitment to take action. Let’s #BuildBackBetterGTHA.

Re:Action applies the CivicAction model like in past initiatives such as the Toront03 Alliance, which helped revitalize the tourism industry in Toronto and surrounding regions post-SARS, generating $70 million in tourism.


CivicAction’s purpose is to boost civic engagement and build better cities, two things that will be at the core of how we recover and rebuild. Starting in March 2020, we took steps to shift our work and launch new activities to engage rising and risen leaders as well as residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Digital Dish

Digital Dish aims to fight social isolation by activating GTHA residents to socially connect while staying home. Digital Dish, helps you virtually link-up with friends, family or colleagues to share a meal or coffee/tea and have a meaningful discussion on what recovery looks like.


#ELNonline is a new stream of digital programming for our Emerging Leaders Network to keep rising leaders connected, informed and engaged during COVID-19. From book clubs to webinars on mental health to digital mentorship programs, #ELNonline is making virtual space for rising leaders.

Re:Action Task Force

The Re:Action Task Force is plugging in a diverse set of rising and risen leaders with a breadth of insights and experiences into recovery efforts at all orders of government as well as other decision-making tables.



Over June 11 and 12, CivicAction brought together 300 civic leaders from all sectors and background for the Re:Action Forum, a virtual gathering to shape our region’s collective reaction to COVID-19.

Through consultations and virtual town halls with our network of diverse senior, risen and rising leaders, the Forum focused on three interconnected opportunities: helping young adults enter or re-enter the workforce; supporting mental wellbeing and combating loneliness; and building and maintaining trust in our communities and leaders.

These issues were also examined through an anti-racism lens and gave consideration to the experiences of residents who are Black, Indigenous and other vulnerable populations.

View the report back on key ideas and outcomes from the Forum.



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