An important aspect of de development of urban resilience is social capital, which represents the collection of social resources available in a community of citizens. This includes social contacts, community belonging, etc. Social capital enables constructive population response to unexpected events, reducing the weight borne by the State, and speeds recovery. While social capital relies essentially on interpersonal relations, the State can play a role in fostering it.
This project aims to develop informal networks at the local (micro) level. To do so, collaborative work will be undertaken by the Bureau of resilience of the City of Montréal, the Center for civil security of Montréal, the Maison de l’innovation sociale and local community organisations in the South-Ouest borough. The project includes enhancement of the current crisis management training offered to citizens by the City. An intern will identify best practices in other jurisdictions, qualitatively and quantitatively measure local characteristics using recognized indicators, develop training modules, and conduct follow-up measurements to assess the impact of the new training program. A transfer methodology will be developed to enable adaptation of the training to other boroughs and regions.