A Student’s Guide to Schooling During COVID-19
- This resource was developed in partnership with Toronto District School Board Student Equity Program Advisors and inspired by the Black Youth Collaborative and Community Organizations.
Employment and Work: Resource
- Scarborough Community Legal Services has created this great resource on Your Rights At Work During COVID-19. scarboroughcommunitylegal.ca/node/3148
- Steps To Justice (CLEO) also has great info on your employment rights: https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19/covid%E2%80%9119-employment-and-work
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act: Resource
- The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has created a resource for our community on our rights and responsibilities under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). Read the Resource here.
Housing Security for Black Tenants: COVID-19
- The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is acutely aware of the specific pressures and differential impact COVID-19 has on Black people and their housing – specifically on Black renters. Due to the racialization of poverty, many people who identify as Black or African Canadian are experiencing significant economic hardship, particularly with housing. We know that for many in our community, housing is the most significant expense and many will not be able to afford their rent. Click on the link for the full resource on housing security for Black tenants: Housing Security for Black Tenants: COVID-19
Financial Aid Resources
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support if you have stopped working because of COVID-19. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information.
- Ontario Electricity Support Program: A program designed to help reduce electricity bills for low-income households. The program provides a monthly on-bill credit for eligible households. Visit www.ontarioelectricitysupport.ca for more information.
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program: LEAP is designed for low income families and individuals who are having difficulty in paying a utility bill (water, hydro). Families and individuals may qualify for a one time grant through an application process. Visit www.oeb.ca for more information.
- Income Security Advocacy Centre: Access income support in the wake of COVID-19. For a list of resources and information, click here.
- Ontario Support for Families: Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit their website for more information and to apply: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families
- For current Ontario Works and ODSP recipients, additional funding is available. If you’re on Ontario Works, apply through MyBenefits or by contacting your caseworker. If you’ re on ODSP, contact your caseworker.
- Effective May 1, 2020, the ODSP/OW Emergency Benefit has been Extended Until July 2020. For more information, click here.
- For information about supports for small businesses, click here. If you have questions about the wage subsidy for businesses and how it can help you, please click here.
- COVID-19 GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund: Black Lives Matter-Toronto will be giving out one time stipends of $125 or $250 to Black people through an online application process, depending on need (please self-assess).
Mental Health & Wellness Resources
- 8 Mental Health Practices for People of African Descent while Isolated. Click here for more information.
- Canadian Drug Policy Coalition: COVID-19 advice for people who use drugs. Click here for more information.
- Cassandra Francis, MCP|RP Qualifying Intern Psychotherapist. Click here for more information or email at email@example.com
- COVID-19 Response in Peel: The Region of Peel has prepared a resource list for mental health, stress and anxiety supports. This list is not exhaustive, and availability of some services may change during COVID-19. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.
- TAIBU Community Health Clinic: TAIBU provides primary health care and related services for Black populations across the Greater Toronto Area. They can be reached at 416-644-3536 or visit their website at www.taibuchc.ca
- The 519: Mental Health, Housing & Newcomer Services. Services are available by phone & online. Click here for more information.
- Toronto/GTA Mental Health Resource List during COVID-19
Resources for Children, Youth and Families
- Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN). In partnership with the Toronto District School Board, CAFCAN is providing mental health supports to children, youth and their families. They can be reached at 416-740-1056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Delta Family Resource Centre: Telephone counselling supports for youth and families. For general assistance to youth and their families seeking information on programs and services available in the community, as well as individual, group, family, trauma, mental health counseling (via phone), food access, support for youth in contact with the Criminal Justice System and their families, visit their website.
- Harriet’s Youth Support Line – One-on-one counselling: Culturally responsive supports for youth due to COVID-19. 24hr Crisis Response Line – 416-712-0844; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Midaynta Community Services – Project Turn Around. Support for youth in contact with the Criminal Justice System and their families. For more information about their services, please visit their website or email them at email@example.com.
- Woodgreen Rights of Passage: For online programming specific to African-Canadian men and women, see their website or contact Paul Osbourne at 416-645-6000 ext. 2320.
- Community Development Council Durham: The Housing Stability Program helps qualified Durham singles, couples and families keep their rental housing and not become homeless by offering financial assistance for rental arrears to low income tenants. See their website for more information, call 905-686-2661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Migrant Knows Your Rights: COVID-19 ID requirement. Click here to read the fact sheet.
- Immigration Law and sex work: Have detailed of safety plan. Click here to read the fact sheet.
- I am not a Canadian citizen. Can immigration authorities detain me? Click here for more information. (Steps to Justice)
- Migrant Know Your Rights Guide (No One is Illegal Toronto) – Click here to visit their website and learn more.
Resources for Artists
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Emergency Survival Fund: For LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers.
- Music Africa Inc. is offering Income Tax Filing Assistance for Artists. Please email email@example.com for further information.
- Ontario Arts Council – For more information about additional support and resources for Ontario artist, click here.
- The AFC : Through compassionate and confidential support, The AFC provides emergency financial aid for Canadian entertainment professionals.
- Unison: Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.
- Woodcock Fund Grant: Emergency funds for Canadian professional writers in mid-project.
Food Bank/Food Security Resources
- For a list of Food Banks in your community, please click here.
- Foodshare: COVID-19 Response Emergency Good Food Box. Click here to learn more.
- Black Creek Community Farm: For an Emergency Food Box Application Form, click here.
COVID-19 Portable Toilets and Hand-Washing Stations
- For a list of locations for portable toilets and hand-washing stations in Toronto, click here.
Other Crisis, Information and Resources Services
- Black Health Alliance: For various resources and wraparound services, visit their website or call (647) 367-6656.
- Canadian Black Chambers of Commerce has a list of resources serving our community during COVID-19. Click here for more information.
- COVID-19 and Ontario Human Rights Code – Questions and Answers
- Community and Social Services Hotline (24/7): 2-1-1 or 211toronto.ca
- Emergency Shelter Access (24/7): 416-338-4766 or 1-877-338-3398
- Telehealth Ontario (24/7): 1-866-797-0000
- Ontario Legal Line (24/7): 416-929-8400
- Online legal information: www.cleo.on.ca and www.stepstojustice.ca
- You can find live updates and information about Canada’s response to COVID-19 here: http://canada.ca/coronavirus/
- Get the latest updates about COVID-19 in Ontario including daily updates, an online self-assessment tool, access to COVID-19 lab test results and learn about federal measures of interest to community groups and not-for-profit organizations. Click here for more information.