Government of New Brunswick

The Community Capacity and Resiliency Branch is responsible for aligning government and community efforts to recover from the extensive impacts of COVID-19 and build resiliency to future disasters and crises. This will be achieved through a whole of society approach by increasing collaboration to improve key measures of community capacity and resiliency.

Across the province, 12 Regional Steering Committees have been established using Regional Service Commission boundaries. Each committee is unique and represents a wide range of sectors, including but not limited to: local and municipal government, businesses, non-governmental organizations, Regional Health Authorities and GNB departments. Each Regional Steering Committee is being supported by a Regional Resiliency Coordinator.

In this initial phase, these steering committees developed and implemented Regional Resiliency Action Plans to identify pressing community needs requiring a local or provincial response.

Through collaborative efforts with existing community networks, Regional Steering Committees have flagged important community concerns, and implemented initiatives where gaps were identified. Some of the work that has been performed to date includes:

  • Information sessions to increase awareness and understanding of changes to public health guidance and the Mandatory Order, and to respond to questions and concerns of community stakeholders;
  • Promotion of available support programs and services, including 211 and Bridge the gapp, as well as federal programs for businesses and individuals;
  • Community efforts to reduce social isolation and support mental health and well-being;
  • Emergency food planning and ensuring food banks have operational plans and volunteer support;
  • Increasing access to internet and technology in Orange and Red phases; and
  • Efforts to support local businesses and increase consumer confidence to shop local.

As New Brunswick recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions are lifted, regional teams are shifting focus to develop long-term Regional Recovery Plans. These will focus on building capacity through a community-led approach in order to be more resilient in the face of future disasters and crises.

A Community Capacity and Resiliency branch has been established within the Department of Justice and Public Safety to coordinate efforts across government and support these regional committees and coordinators.