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.

Highlighted Initiatives



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.

Portland children’s clinic creates ‘panic free guide’ for parents with children

Children | Public health

Brave Care clinic in Portland, Oregan US provides COVID-19 Symptom Checker for children, scenarios for kids of all ages, and actionable advice for seeking care based on symptoms recorded.

City of Montreal announces support measures for small businesses

Employment | Income support | Policy leadership

The supports include postponement of municipal taxes; emergency financial assistance; a moratorium on capital and interest; and the establishment of other city programs

University of Michigan releases resource for adjusting study habits during COVID-19

Children | Learning and education

University of Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation releases guide to help students adjust to studying during COVID-19.

Solution Journalism Network shares resources for reporting about what’s working

General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources

The Solution Journalism Network is:

  • Sharing stories about what’s working
  • Setting up a Slack channel for journalists to ask questions and discuss ideas with each other.
  • Planning a webinar on how to cover the coronavirus pandemic through a solutions lens.
  • Soliciting ideas for solutions stories tied to the pandemic. If they meet the criteria of solutions journalism, we’ll share them with our network of journalists.
  • Collecting solutions stories on the coronavirus, which you can find in our Solutions Story Tracker.

Montreal group creates weekly online space for conversation about grief and loss related to COVID-19

General: Online communities and networks | Mental health | Social isolation

ORA Loss and Living Program is hosting a weekly online space for conversation about the grief and loss associated with coronavirus/COVID-19, including the impacts of social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine.

Design company launches Live Stream Local initiative to connect people to virtual performances and support local artists

Arts and Culture | Employment | Income support

With the cancellation of many live music concerts, Action! By Design’s new Live Stream Local initiative virtually connects people to musicians and other creatives, and offers ways to tip them.

Illustrators create virtual resources and free classes

Arts and Culture | Learning and education

Illustrators have stepped up to create virtual resources and free classes for kids, parents, and anyone else who needs a creative break in the midst of the pandemic.

Online collaboration company creates website to show countries around the world in lockdown

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources

Videoconferencing company Vectera creates website showing lockdown status of countries around the world.

Grassroots disaster relief network publishes zine on safety practices for mutual aid food and supply distribution

Food | General: Sector resources

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief has published a US-based resource for MUTUAL AID FOOD & SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Independent US clothing retailer launches fundraiser for factory to make surgical masks

Local businesses

Independent US clothing retailer Princess Awesome Boy Wonder launched a campaign to fund seamstresses in their Chicago factory to produce surgical masks at home during the COVID-19 closures.

Harm reduction coalition publishes COVID-19 guidelines for people who use drugs and harm reduction programs

General: Sector resources | Public health

Resources are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

List of collective intelligence tools being used to respond to COVID-19

General: Sector resources


Collective intelligence is the enhanced capacity created when distributed groups of people work together, often with the help of technology, to mobilise more information, ideas and insights to solve a problem.

Restaurants in Minneapolis offer free lunches to children during school closures

Children | Food

Many children rely on school lunches to stay fed during the day, and with the announcement that schools will be closing, several restaurants have said they will give free lunches to any students who need them while they’re home from school.

US academics create remote learning platform to connect students across the US

Children | General: Tools for engagement | Policy leadership

Youth Remote Learning looks to connect students across the United States with free online courses that will help to promote intellectual curiosity in an online platform.

San Diego County schools provide free meals for students during COVID-19 closures

Children | Food

San Diego County schools provide free meals for students during COVID-19 closures. The meals are federally funded through a USDA program that serves low income families throughout the school year.

US Interagency Council on Homelessness creates list of resources for homelessness service systems during COVID-19

General: Sector resources | Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has a list of resources that can be used by homelessness services systems in response to COVID-19.

UK digital agency helps to bring cultural content into audiences’ homes

Arts and Culture | Income support

In response to COVID-19, UK-base digital agency The Space is to helping to bring cultural content into audiences’ homes and supporting the creative teams who have made this work.

National Association of School Psychologists releases resource for talking to children about COVID-19

Children | General: Tools for engagement

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) offers advice, guidelines, and resources for parents.

Vendors in Portland Oregon launch initiative to share COVID-19 information with people experiencing homelessness.

Housing and homelessness

Vendors in Portland Oregon launch the Coronavirus Action Team, an initiative to get information about COVID-19 to people experiencing homelessness. Vendors are paid a stipend to check on each other, dispel myths about the virus & explain health dept guidance

UK’s Creative Review creates guide for creative support during COVID-19

Arts and Culture | General: Sector resources

Creatives and companies the world over are offering help and support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Review has compiled a list of what’s available right now, which will be updated regularly.

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