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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19: Updates on the Ontario State of Emergency

  • COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario: Get the latest case data and updates, learn how to protect yourself and others and get advice on what to do next if you think you might have COVID-19.
  • CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) has updated information about the law as a result of the second state of emergency. Find information on the new emergency rules in Ontario as a result of the second lockdown here.
  • Find information about whether or not you can be evicted during COVID-19 here.
  • All CLEO information about COVID-19 can be found here.
  • Please visit COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal serviceson Steps to Justice for information on other areas of the law including employment, income assistance, and education law. Aussi disponible en français sur Justice pas-à-pas.

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.
  • A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad contains guidelines to support the return of international students and outline the roles and responsibilities of Designated Learning Institutions, Provinces and Territories, and the Government of Canada.

Employment and Work: Resource

  • Scarborough Community Legal Services has created this great resource on Your Rights At Work During COVID-19, click here to access.
  • Steps To Justice (CLEO) also has great info on your employment rights, click here to access.
  • The Government of Ontario has information on support for workers which provides guidance for health care workers and others who are on the job here.
  • Learn about employers’ responsibilities, and get information about job protections available to employees here.

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 and COVID-19 Benefits

  • Financial Aid Navigator: An online resource tool where you can learn about the help you can get to raise your income or lower your expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • After the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): Transitioning to Employment Insurance (EI) or other new benefits. The Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new recovery benefits that will better support Canadians. If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits. More information on available benefits here.
  • The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
  • 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. Click here 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. Click here 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.
  • Get Support for Learners:  Learn about one-time funding to support children, youth and students during the 2020-2021 school year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply here.
  • 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.
  • For information about Managing your Business during COVID-19: Financial support, loans and access to credit for small businesses, click here. If you have questions about the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers and how it can help you, please click here.

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

  • Toronto/GTA Mental Health Resource List during COVID-19.
  • 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 cfrancis@integrahealthcentre.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 here.
  • The 519: Mental Health, Housing & Newcomer Services. Services are available by phone & online. Click here for more information.

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 info@cafcan.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 here.
  • 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; info@tubmancommunity.orgjdunn@peacebuilders.ca
  • 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 info@midaynta.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.

Housing Resources

  • 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 info@cdcd.org.

Immigration Resources

  • 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 from Steps to Justice.

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 info@musicafrica.ca 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.
  • Find a Food Bank Near You: The Food Banks Canada network is made up of Provincial Associations and their approximately 650 affiliated food banks. The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation. Please use their Canada-wide food bank finder to locate your local food bank to contact them and see what their capabilities and needs are at present.
  • Food Banks and Community Food Programs – GTA. Free or low-cost food to individuals and families in need on an on-going, seasonal, and emergency basis. Services may include food banks, community gardens, Good Food Boxes, youth nutrition programs, and nutrition education programs.

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: Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and Steps to Justice
  • You can find live updates and information about Canada’s response to COVID-19 here.
  • 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.