Since COVID-19 hit Canada, life in our cities has fundamentally changed. People have physically distanced from one another, staying home from work, school and play. Families and colleagues have stopped gathering, connecting instead by video and phone. Businesses have closed, or dramatically shifted operations. Public services have been altered or discontinued, and demand for new forms of public support has exploded. The way we move through our cities has experienced the most significant change since the introduction of the automobile.
Indeed, COVID-19 is the global crisis of our generation and has introduced great uncertainty in Canada’s cities. It is like a particle accelerator, sparking innovation at an uncharted pace while also deepening existing fault lines and inequities.
June 19 marks 100 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. COVID100 is marking the day with a look across Canada at how far we have come, and where we must go.