Community Development

Community development and research form a core part of CDCD’s mandate. The community development and research team seeks to engage and support the community in public planning and decision making processes.

Our Mandate

We aim to create spaces for dialogue and the creation of knowledge, and also to effect positive social change through community-driven social research and planning.

Community development is the process of developing active and sustainable communities based on principles of social justice, inclusion and mutual respect. It is a process that seeks to engage community members, encourage participation and enable empowerment. As a community development organization, the CDCD aims to help individuals and groups achieve these goals. We achieve this through work in areas such as:

• Collaborative Program and Service Planning
• Public Education and Awareness
• Community-Based Research
• Facilitation and Training
• Policy Analysis and Development
• Asset Mapping and Gap-Analysis

The community is central to all of this work, both defining and participating in our community development, research and social planning initiatives. CDCD strives to ensure that all members of the community are appropriately and equitably engaged in the social, cultural, economic and political life of our community.

If you have questions or would like to partner with CDCD in one of your initiatives, please contact Nathan Gardner at or 905.686.2661, ext.119.