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.



The Re:Action Forum is a virtual gathering of civic leaders that will help shape our region’s collective reaction to COVID-19 moving forward. It will also mark a refresh of CivicAction’s work since initial program changes were made in immediate response to the pandemic.

The Forum will focus on three interconnected opportunities: helping young adults or those early in their career enter or re-enter the workforce; supporting mental wellbeing and combating loneliness; and building and maintaining the trust in our communities and leaders that we need to return to social and work life.

Stay tuned for a report back on the ideas and outcomes from the Forum.

Let’s build back better.


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