Community Development

Community development is a process where people come together to take action on what’s important to them. Community Development helps communities to organize, and to identify the issues they want to address, or the opportunities they want to explore.

If you live in Renfrew-Collingwood and have ideas on how to improve your community or are passionate about community issues, we can help with:

  • Information on local opportunities and initiatives
  • Connection to neighbours who share your interests
  • Leadership and skill development
  • Assistance with community resources 

What is Community Development? Learn more about our strategies, impact and principles through our theory of change.

Ongoing Programs

Arts, Culture & Celebrations

Celebrate the rich diversity and history of our neighbourhood through a series of art initiatives, and cultural and seasonal celebrations for the whole family.

For a list of all art initiatives, visit or contact

Community Amenities Planning

Arts, cultural, and social amenity priorities have been identified by neighbours through a series of community discussions. CNH continues to participate in discussions about development.

To learn more, contact Jennifer Gray-Grant at 604-412-3835.

Neighbourhood Small Grants

Have a great idea for your community? Sponsored by Vancouver Foundation, small grants (up to $500) are available to support projects that build community and strengthen connections between neighbours.

For more information, contact Sheri Parke at or visit

Renfrew-Collingwood Community (RCC) News

The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is a free, monthly, non-profit newspaper serving Renfrew-Collingwood and distributed through local organizations and businesses.

Neighbours can submit articles, photos, and artwork on local issues, people, and events. Advertising rates are reasonable and many local businesses run continuing ads in the newspaper to reach residents.

To learn more, visit

Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ)

CNH food and food land programs are led by Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ), bringing the Renfrew-Collingwood community together through gardening, cooking workshops, food programs, and more.

For a list of all food and garden initiatives, visit or contact

Systems Change

Systems Change brings communities together by taking action to solve the root causes of complex social problems. This means challenging ideas, beliefs, and behaviours of individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions. Through Systems Change, neighbours have the power to advocate and lead justice in the communities and places they care about and live in.

For a list of initiatives, visit