The Squamish Community Foundation, in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada, is proud to have assisted in the distribution of a portion of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations in our community.

In the first round of ECSF funding, a total of $81,218 was dispersed between June and July 2020 to 13 non-profit organizations covering 15 community programs. Six of the non-profits are located in Squamish and received $65,170 in total funding, and seven are non-profits that operate regionally but run programming in Squamish and received $16,048 in total funding.

The second round saw $30,000 dispersed in November, 2020 to five non-profit organizations.

About the Fund

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children, and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds—in particular to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability. Demand for their services has increased dramatically. Charities and nonprofit organizations are pillars of their communities who are working tirelessly to serve their communities. 

Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aimed to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. The Fund was designed to help these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind.

Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and United Way Centraide Canada collaborated with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most.

ECSF funding has supported projects in every province and territory and for every vulnerable group.



The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada.

Support provided by Community Foundations of Canada.