In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians have been faced with difficulties from lay-offs to financial strain and much more due to the call for social distancing to prevent further spread of Coronavirus.

If COVID-19 is affecting your day-to-day life, the following resources are available to Canadians for support:

COVID-19 Resources for Canadians and Canadian Businesses:

  • The Government of Canada is offering support to those affected by COVID-19 and placed in quarantine with EI. To find if you’re eligible, visit Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on the Government of Canada website.
  • The Government of Canada has also released a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan which outlines how to the country plans to support those who have lost their sources of income due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal, RBC, CIBC, and financial institutions are offering mortgage and loan deferrals for Canadians facing financial strain due to COVID-19. For more information, call your bank or visit their website for more information.
  • The Government of Canada is offering Emergency Care Benefit plans to local businesses impacted by COVID-19. For more information on whether your business qualifies, visit canada.ca
  • Food Banks Canada is providing basic food and groceries for those who are in need. Visit their website or your local food bank for more information.
  • Amazon is opening 100,000 new positions. Additionally, the companies will be increasing hourly pay by $2/hour in Canada, UK and other EU countries. For more information see: amazon.com/jobsnow
  • Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Telus are offering data overage breaks for home internet customers until April 5, 2020. Shaw has opened up ShawGo WiFi hotspots to everyone and all Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct customers will be given access to free channels during this period. For more information, visit the Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Telus websites.

While these are just a few resources to help keep Canadians afloat during this recession there are many more resources that are offered by the Government of Canada and via each provincial government website including information on new cases and self-assessment tests. For more information with regards to your locale, visit your province or territory’s online resources.

Goverment of Canada COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

COVID-19 Resources by Province

How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you aren't in need of resources, but would like to offer support to those in your community, front line workers or COVID-19 relief efforts, here are 5 ways you can help others in the fight against COVID-19:

Engage in social distancing (but more importantly, physical distancing)

Physical (social) distancing is the number one way we can collectively prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes keeping a 6-foot distance from people when in public and not gathering in groups for social, religious or work-related events. The less that we are in close physical contact with our friends, family, colleagues and others in our community, the better we can help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we, as a community, abide by the recommendations of our Government and Public Health Professionals by staying home, avoiding gathering in large groups and only travelling if it is essential (Essential travel includes going to work, grocery shopping and health appointments).

Offer to grocery shop for the elderly/immune-compromised in your community

If you are not among the most vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably know someone who is. You can help out by offering to do (contactless) grocery store runs/supply delivery for those in your community who are part of the vulnerable populations or who may feel unsafe doing so.

Donate items to your local food bank, shelters and soup kitchens

COVID-19 has created a higher-than-normal demand for basic food and household items, putting pressure on grocery stores, food banks, shelters and more. Right now, our local non-profits and food banks are in need of donations more than ever. Donate non-perishable food items, clothing, sanitary products and household items and more. There are many individuals and families that are in desperate need of these items currently and these donations will be the best way to help them. Many local hospitals are also accepting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations, as well.

Donate to COVID-19 relief and pandemic response efforts

If you are in the financial position to do so, a monetary donation to COVID-19 relief/pandemic response efforts can help directly combat COVID-19. Additionally, monetary donations to local non-profits are equally needed to help them continue to serve those in vulnerable positions during this crisis. Visit CanadaHelps.org for a list of COVID-19 Pandemic Response funds.

Share this article and use your voice

Your voice is powerful. While misinformation about COVID-19 is everywhere, the spread of useful and accurate information is one of the best ways to combat it. Share information with your friends and family. Share this article with someone who may need it and use your social media platforms to encourage preventative measures such as hand washing and social distancing.

We are a country, but we are also a community and together, we can help each other through this trying time, even while staying 6 feet apart.

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