The Invisible Infrastructure Behind Rural Communities

Before the pandemic, it was estimated that 1/3 of Canada’s faith buildings could be in danger of closing [1]. The No Space for Community two-year study surveyed existing nonprofit and local community organizations. Four major locations were focused on within the study – Toronto, Peterborough, Huron County, and Sudbury to gain a better understanding of how the invisible infrastructure between faith buildings and nonprofit organizations potentially impacts different local communities across Ontario.

The purpose of this study is to generate a discussion around these findings. It is not meant to be conclusive, but a beginning point to initiate conversations and to stimulate further discussions.

Greening Sacred Spaces Ottawa created a story map focusing specifically on the data and survey results from Huron county. We do so because Huron county data provides a more complete and representative overview of its own rural community’s invisible infrastructure. You can walk through the story map of Huron County by clicking on the photo above.

CLICK HERE to read the full report on the Faith & the Common Good’s website!

[1] Friesen, Milton and Fry, Kendra. (2020). No Space for Community The Value of Faith Buildings and the Effect of Their Loss in Ontario. Date accessed: October 10, 2020.