This is a time when Canada must harness its community-driven resilience. We’re asking you to share examples of how Canadian communities are responding to the crisis with creativity and imagination. Collective problem-solving and collaboration will be instrumental in how Canada mitigates the local impacts of COVID-19 and creates on-the-ground solutions.
Local Toronto gyms offering free online classes
BlogTO compiled a list of local Toronto gyms that have moved classes online, after gyms were shut down due to COVID-19, as a way to leverage their platforms for social good, and connect with their local community.
Calgary Chamber of Commerce issues policy recommendations for economy during COVID-19
Policy recommendations cover short term (next three months), medium term (2020-2021), and long-term (2021+)
Toronto’s Greenest City and FoodShare offer Emergency Food Assistance to residents of Parkdale neighbourhood
For those in the Parkdale neighbourhood facing food insecurity, Greenest City and FoodShare are offering to deliver food to your door during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Foundation of Calgary providing charities with platform to share emerging needs
Through a survey form, the Community Foundation of Calgary is providing charities with a place to share some of their most pressing and emerging needs with donors, fund holders and the larger community. The Calgary Foundation will then help spread the word to the broader community.
Neighbours create online survey tool to match people in need in Toronto’s Parkdale/High Park with volunteers
A group of neighbours in Toronto’s Parkdale/High Park/Ward 4 are matching people in need to help through Windemere Church’s volunteers and staff.
Community-sourced page for people needing help and offering help in Guelph
Community-sourced page in Guelph, Ontario, bringing together community-driven and people-powered initiatives in one place. The resource offers a list of community organizations and what they need, along with a list of volunteers offering help. A map shows how and where to obtain free food during COVID-19 closures.
BC Chamber of Commerce compiles resources for businesses affected by COVID-19
Resources for BC businesses include access to capital, taxation relief for businesses, resources for workers, general information, and B2B support
BC Rentbanks provide emergency loans for rent and utilities
Network of rentbanks in BC provide emergency loans for rent and utilities.
Crowdsourced resource for home schooling trans and queer families during COVID-19
Facebook group offers resources, support, and encouragement for home schooling trans and queer families during the COVID-19 school closures. Open to queer and trans families and teachers, with a focus on British Columbia’s K-12 curriculum.
Bookstore in Vancouver offers free delivery of books during COVID-19
Spartacus Books is a nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre, run collectively for over 40 years. They are offering free delivery in the Vancouver area. Give them a book title or a preferred subject and they will find you good things to read!
Calgary Flames Foundation launches COVID-19 Community Program
The support program will distribute $1.15M to Calgary organizations in support of critical community needs.
Elderly shopping hours introduced by multiple grocery chains
Stores and grocery chains including Sobey’s, Loblaws, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Whole Foods, and others are opening their doors early for seniors and those with other health concerns to give them an opportunity to shop with fewer customers around amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resident compiles Google doc of free workouts during social isolation
The shared document includes free workouts for individuals to use while staying home or in self-isolation.
Alberta organization creates database of COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits and Charities
Resources focus on Calgary and Alberta
Summary of Canada Council for the Arts’ programs for artists during the COVID-19 pandemic
Includes updates on COVID-19’s affect on Canada Council for the Arts’ programs including: Government support (Artists abroad, Employment Insurance, Other possible measures) and Canada Council operations (Financial losses, Suspension of funding (travel-related activities))
CBC only playing Canadian content during COVID-19
To support Canadian artists, CBC shift has shifted their weekday radio schedule to all-Canadian programming during COVID-19.
Calgary Arts Development surveys grantees and hosts virtual town hall
Calgary Arts Development has sent a survey to all arts organization grantees to begin to understand the impact COVID-19 disruptions will have on our sector. They are also hosting a virtual town hall mtg to update the community on what they have learned, what they are thinking about, and what actions they re taking with regard to the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our sector and communities.
Grocery stores hiring more staff, offer wage boost as B.C. adapts to COVID-19 buying habits
In addition to raises, several grocery chains have increased store hours and hired staff due to pandemic shopping habits.
Grocery stores offer wage increases to staff working though COVID-19 pandemic
Several grocery store chains across Canada (Sobeys, Loblaws, Metro) are offering raises to workers that have been working through the pandemic.
Poverty advocacy group’s newsletter with links to local mutual aid and neighbourhood pod
Updates and links to resources on Parkdale’s mutal aid network and neighbourhood pod. Posted by Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED), a project of the Parkdale People’s Economy led by over 30 community-based organizations and community residents to build decent work, shared wealth, and equitable development in Parkdale.
Youthful Cities launches The COVID-19 Canadian Urgent Isolation Campaign Playbook
Nonprofit Youthful Cities has launched a campaign to support youth as they self-isolate.
Lessons from Disaster Response that can be applied to COVID-19
Analysis of the Start Network — a rapid financing model for post disaster humanitarian response. What lessons does it hold for Canada’s social impact funders in responding to the COVID-19 crisis?
Links to Canadian independent bookstores offering free delivery
Links to Toronto-based independent bookstores offering free delivery
Lessons from Emergency Preparedness that can be applied to Covid-19
In 2013, Calgary non-profits faced a natural disaster. An analysis about how that helped them to prepare for COVID-19
Toronto-based advocacy groups publish SexWork COVID-19 Guidelines
SexWork COVID-19: Guidelines for Sex Workers, Clients, Third Parties, and Allies; From Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network and Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project
List of cultural attractions that can be visited virtually
List of (mostly Toronto-based) cultural attractions accessible online while in self-isolation.
Online mental health support for Indigenous children and families in Manitoba
Online Google Hangouts in the Covid-19 world. Organized by Fearless 2W Circle of Support — with funding from Manitoba Child Welfare Education. The online session will share information about supports offered by the following groups: Fearless R2W Manitoba Child Welfare Education & Advocacy Circle of Support; First Nations Family Advocates Office; Inspire Community Outreach
Inner City Youth Mission adapts lunch program to deliver food to those in need
Lunch Connection is a free lunch program supports the students of local schools in vulnerable neighbourhoods, where food insecurity is a daily struggle. During school closures, families will be able to pick up bagged lunches at three locations from noon to 1pm.
Ottawa bioscience firm developing a portable COVID-19 test.
Spartan Bioscience expects within weeks to have a hand-held product capable of identifying the COVID-19 virus within 30 to 45 minutes, a speedy result made possible because the necessary analysis is done on-site.
Connection and collaboration platforms through social distancing
Women-led virtual work technologies to get you through COVID-19. This allows people to stay connected and collaborate with others in the social impact world through these virtual technologies.