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CRUNCH is interested in outcomes related to neighbourhood-level action to improve communities.

Partner Agencies

Partner Agencies

CRUNCH is affiliated with many other organizations across Ontario and Canada


Regent Park Redevelopment

Built 50 years ago, Regent Park is one of the oldest and largest concentrated public housing communities in Canada. The community occupies a 69-acre site just east of the downtown core of Toronto and is home to 7,500 people living in 2,087 social housing units. Over the next 15 years, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), which owns and manages Regent Park, will demolish and re-build the entire community in six phases. 

Learn more about the Regent Park Redevelopment project

GTA West Housing & Health

How does your housing affect your health? This is the key research question posed by the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) West Housing and Health Study, a research project that is currently taking place in four locations: the City of Toronto, the City of Hamilton, and the Regional Municipalities of Halton and Peel. With the support of the local housing authorities, we are inviting people who are on the waiting list for Rent-Geared-to-Income, or RGI, Housing, to learn about their life and how they have been feeling. 

Learn more about the GTA West Housing & Health project

Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study (HNS)

The Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study is a research project looking at the changes that are taking place in neighbourhoods across Hamilton, particularly in the neighbourhoods which are a part of the City's "Neighbourhood Action Strategy." We ask residents questions about what they like about their neighbourhood and what they would change, as well as questions about their daily lives and their health. 

Learn more about the Hamilton Neighbourhoods Study (HNS)

Ontario Movers Study (OMS)

Does where you live influence how much you walk? Walking is the most common, easiest and most affordable form of physical activity, and some neighbourhoods are more "walk friendly" than others. The Ontario Movers Study is a survey of people's activities, particularly walking. Participants in this study fill out an activity log immediately before they move, and one year after they move.

Learn more about the Ontario Movers Study (OMS)

Transitions to Home (T2H) Study

Transitions to Home is a Housing First program. Housing First is an evidence-based intervention model designed to quickly rehouse people experiencing long-term or multiple occurrences of homelessness. Participants are provided with access to treatment and therapeutic supports if they want, but Housing First doesn’t require that they access treatment prior to being housed or comply with treatment to maintain their housing. This study evaluates the impact of the Transitions to Home program in Hamilton, and is available in English and French.

Learn more about the Transitions to Home (T2H) Study

Income Inequality & Population Health

According to the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, “inequities are killing people on a grand scale.” In all wealthy economies, the least well off tend to have relatively poorer health, even though they are typically living well above subsistence levels and have higher income levels than their counterparts in much poorer countries. Evidence also suggests that countries with a highly unequal distribution of income have poorer population health outcomes than those having a more egalitarian distribution of income.

Learn more about the Income Inequality & Population Health project

Built Environment and Health

The diabetes rate in the Region of Peel almost doubled between 1995 and 2005. During this time, Peel welcomed more than 200,000 immigrants, many of whom are considered to be at high risk for developing diabetes. The Diabetes Atlas for the Region of Peel provides a geographic perspective on the patterns and relationships between diabetes and neighbourhood characteristics, including socioeconomic status, ethnicity and immigration, and the built environment.

Learn more about the Built Environment and Health project

Great Neighbourhoods Visualization Project

Hamilton has many great neighbourhoods, in all areas of the city. One of the things that makes a neighbourhood great is its visual appeal. The buildings, landscaping, tree canopy, street activities, signage and commercial activities and other features are all things that make neighbourhoods appealing and memorable. In this project, we are planning to use the brand new MUVR System (Mobile Urban Video Recording System) to capture a few seconds of video and audio on every street in Hamilton.

Learn more about the Great Neighbourhoods Visualization Project