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.

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Links to Canadian independent bookstores offering free delivery

Local businesses

Links to Toronto-based independent bookstores offering free delivery

Lessons from Emergency Preparedness that can be applied to Covid-19

General: Sector resources | Public health

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

Employment | General: Sector resources

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

Arts and Culture

List of (mostly Toronto-based) cultural attractions accessible online while in self-isolation.

Online mental health support for Indigenous children and families in Manitoba

Children | General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Indigenous | Mental health | Social isolation

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

Children | Food

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.

Public health

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

General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Social isolation

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.

Better Toronto Coalition launched by Toronto Foundation and Vancity Community Investment Bank

Fundraising and volunteering

Toronto Foundation launched the Better Toronto Coalition in partnership with Vancity Community Investment Bank. The Coalition has two goals: to connect concerned residents directly with learnings from nonprofit leaders and help direct your support to where it’s needed most; and to quickly flow funds to anchor organizations who are coordinating on the ground so that no one is left behind.

Fundraising leader gives practical advice on how to use technology and data tools in this COVID-19 era

General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement

Stay connected and collaborate with others in the social impact world through these virtual technologies and data tools.

Goverment of Ontario launches a free online digital clinic to provide virtual care services from home

Policy leadership | Public health

Through Cover Health, Ontarians can start a secure conversation with an Ontario doctor (powered by Ontario Telemedicine Network) covered by OHIP.

Volunteer matchmaking platform for help, food and supplies

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

Manitobans Helping Manitobans: Help Next Door MB is a network of helpers coming together as a community.
If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you.

Municipally-focused podcasts on COVID-19

General: Sector resources | Learning and education | Policy leadership

Municipal World is delivering a set of podcasts around COVID-19 to help Canadian municipalities respond and deal with the pandemic

Ontario partnering with municipalities and First Nations to open 50,000 free, 24-hour, child care spaces for essential workers

Policy leadership

Ontario is partnering with municipalities and First Nations to open as many as 50,000 child care spaces for essential workers across the province in centres that will be free and available 24-7.

Digital agency firm offers free support for more rapid deployment of essential charity services through online channels

General: Sector resources | General: Tools for engagement

Scotland-based digital agency firm Third Sector Lab offers free support, resources, best practice, policies, guidance, and more and more for rapid deployment of essential charity services through online channels.

Disability activists in California making anti-coronavirus kits for Oakland residents experiencing homelessness

Housing and homelessness

A group of disability activists in California, calling themselves the Disability Justice Culture Club, are making large batches of hand sanitizer and distributing anti-coronavirus kits to Oakland residents experiencing homelessness.

London-based facilitator sets up Google doc with online collaboration tools

General: Tools for engagement

London-based facilitator Philippa Rose sets up Google doc with online collaboration tools.

Fashion designer offering use of his design team to produce face masks 

Arts and Culture | Local businesses

NYC designer Christian Siriano is retooling his studio to produce face masks to help with reported hospital supply shortages due to the coronavirus.

Platform for purchasing gift certificates to support small businesses

Food | Income support | Local businesses

Kabbage is a global platform to help local entrepreneurs. Any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses.

UK disability arts organization announces new commission for disabled artists

Arts and Culture | Employment | Income support

Disability Arts Online allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to. Three tiers of commissions include: artist presentations, day in the life articles, and open commissions

Restaurant industry professionals set up global platform for getting funds into hands of restaurants during COVID-19

Income support | Local businesses

Due to the impact that the coronavirus COVID-19 has had on the restaurant community, a collective of restaurant industry professionals have set a global initiative in motion to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed. A “Dining Bond” works like a savings bond, where you can purchase a “bond” at a value rate to be redeemed for face value at a future date.

International Association of Public Transport issues factsheet for transit operators on management of outbreak

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Link to the International Association of Public Transport -prepared factsheet to help operators prepare during COVID-19

Istanbul deploys hygiene fleet to sanitize public facilities

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Istanbul has deployed a hygiene fleet of 40 vehicles and hundreds of personnel to sanitize and re-sanitize public and municipal facilities. The fleet is responsible for cleaning municipally owned public spaces too, like libraries, co-working spaces, cultural centers, facilities for disabled people and places of worship.

Observatory for Public Sector Innovation crowdsourcing examples of innovative government solutions

Policy leadership

OPSI has put together a crowsourced spreadsheet of innovative solutions and inspiration on how individuals and organisations across the globe are responding to COVID-19, to help governments make use

Global mobility group shares COVID-19 guidelines for urban mobility

General: Sector resources | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative–a global initiative on sustainable mobility shares observations on the COVID-19 outbreak, and implications and solutions for sustainable urban mobility.

Nonprofit freeCodeCamp compiles list of Ivy League courses offered online for free

Learning and education

The resource compiles free online courses from Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.

JSTOR expands open-access materials available to the public

Learning and education

Online academic resource JSTOR expands materials available to the public due to the widespread closure of universities across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Retail Council of Ontario publishes checklist for retailers’ planning for COVID-19

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

The Retail Council of Ontario provides a checklists for retailers’ planning for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both for prevention and widespread outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

American teenager creates website tracking coronavirus, becoming vital resource on accurate and updated pandemic numbers

Children | Public health

A teenager’s website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is

Nunavut’s Hunters and Trappers Organizations and daycares allocated money to help community members

Income support | Policy leadership

Nunavut’s Hunters and Trappers Organizations (HTO) and daycares will be allocated money to help community members. $25,000 will be given to each HTO to buy country food. The idea is to distribute the food within the community to help with food insecurity issues. $531,000 has been allocated to licensed daycares.

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