In response to COVID-19, Edmonton-based kitchen fabrication company has retooled to help local shops protect their staff & customers with safety screens/breath guards
Pulse Metalworks Ltd. is an Edmonton based, family owned operation that has building steel commercial kitchens throughout British Columbia and Saskatchewan for more than 15 years. They have repurposed their workshop to create safety screens for local business
Public transit news and resources for transit providers and riders
CUTA – the Canadian Urban Transit Association – is providing current news, information and resources for transit providers and riders, along with advice for business continuity.
TOArtist Covid Response Fund
Established by the Toronto Arts Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council, this fund provides up to $1,000 in emergency relief for artists who are self employed and not eligible for EI through any other employer or any other bridge funding. The fund is open to artists who can demonstrate lost income due to cancellation of events, programs, workshops, classes, etc.
Scarborough youth program is helping feed vulnerable families during the COVID-19 outbreak
Time to Talk–Uncovering Youth Experiences, a Scarborough-based youth organization launched the Hearty Food Initiative, an effort to address food insecurity at the grassroots and community levels, and support the youngest members of the community and their families during the outbreak.
Winnipeg expanding bicycle and active transportation routes in an effort to help with social distancing requirements
Four streets have limited motor vehicle traffic to just one block throughout the designated area and are normally in place only on Sundays from June to September.
Calgary to reduce lanes on some roads to help walkers, cyclists keep their distance during COVID-19 pandemic
Calgary’s pathways and walks are filling up as people are desperate to get exercise
Calgary Design Group O2 Planning + Design Pitches Temporary Sidewalk Widening and Converted Four-Way Stops to Help Coronavirus Physical Distancing
The group put out a series of designs showing how certain Calgary corridors could be temporarily redesigned to accommodate more foot traffic at a time when physical distancing is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Medical students supporting community health and accessibility in Edmonton and Victoria
Bag Half Full was started by University of Alberta medical students and is expanding, most recently to UBC Victoria. Services include shopping and delivering groceries and household items for the elderly and people who are immunocompromised.
Teddy bear hunts take Newfoundland and Labrador by storm
With public health experts and government officials urging Canadians to stay at home much as possible, the teddy bear hunt offers families an activity to do together at home, on a walk or in their car
Local BC Drag Queens Will Deliver Food And Wine To Your Door
A local LGBTQ+ bar in Kelowna is having B.C. drag queens deliver food and wine right to your door. By changing the business model and keeping employees safe the restaurant is offering delivery service, but with a twist.
Public washrooms for the most vulnerable
The Region of Waterloo includes a list of open public washrooms for use by vulnerable community members
Public porta-potties installed as part of New Westminster’s COVID-19 response
The decision to provide portable washroom facilities is to ensure access to bathrooms for vulnerable populations, who may otherwise not have them, given all of the businesses being shuttered. It’s also for other residents.
Public washrooms for unsheltered persons considered an essential service in BC
This includes hygiene facilities (toilets, handwash stations, showers)
Portable washrooms open, campground closed to visitors as district deals with COVID-19
The District of Hope has added handicap accessible portable toilets in Memorial Park. They’ve also placed hand wash stations there as well, after closing public washrooms last week.
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre posts lists of open Toronto Public Washroom locations
With so many businesses and public spaces closed, community members & clients have few places to use washrooms during COVID19
Hamilton-based Hometown Hub offers direct link to local businesses offering online services through delivery, e-commerce and gift cards
Hometown Hub is a platform to get brick and mortar businesses up and running within days and continue sales in a strictly digital economy. This initiative was put together in a matter of days and involves a partnership between the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Rising and EatShopPlay.
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) publishes webpage with guidance and tools
The webpage includes rapid response tools for cities with implementation strategies; city transportation action updates from around the world; webinars, real-time forums and technical assistance on emerging issues; and information about emergency federal assistance and stimulus funding.
Library Shelf Isolation Read-a-thon
Fundraiser for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. A Shelf Isolation Read-a-thon combines our need to self-isolate, reading, community and supporting the Library.
Window art strolling
People across Canada are creating art at home and putting it up on their “gallery wall” – their front window! In Edmonton, you can add your art to an online map so others can find your new gallery. Look for your own local art walk on Facebook.
Niagara Region municipalities launch COVID-19 business impact survey
Economic development departments from the Region of Niagara, the Cities of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Welland, and the Towns of Lincoln and Fort Erie have jointly launched the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team to assess and plan for the needs of the business community in the region, in light of COVID-19.
Ruckify partners with United Way to connect vulnerable people with technology during COVID-19 pandemic
The Ottawa-based company is calling on the public to donate or rent out unused items like tablets, smartphones, webcams and laptops, so they can get into the hands of those who need them. Ruckify will provide pickup and delivery of the items. The items will be sanitized when picked up and dropped off, and it will be insured for damages in case something happens.
Together Apart initiative directs community members to local businesses to support
With many businesses around the National Capital region temporarily shut down or re-imagining their offerings due to COVID-19, this site is a resource for residents to find local spots to order from and support.
Community Art in Calgary going online during COVID19
ART IN A PANDEMIC: Every Wednesday evening a crowd has gathered inside Rumble House in downtown Calgary to create art together. As the response to COVID-19 limits mass gatherings, the Rumble House community is going online by broadcasting art-making and hosting an online auction.
“Porchraits” — safely photographing familes in Calgary
Calgary Photographer Neil Zeller has been providing porch portrait sessions as a way to connect with people in self-isolation to create a happy moment for fellow Calgarians in perhaps an otherwise dreary time. Anyone can sign up for these portrait sessions and Neil promises to put every dollar earned back into the Calgary economy.
Calgary blocks traffic lanes to help pathway users maintain two-metre separation
Along certain Calgary sidewalks and pathways with larger volumes of pedestrian traffic, crews have placed pylons and other barricades onto a lane of adjacent roadway for people to step onto so they can safely maintain a two-metre separation from others.
City of Lethbridge is putting resources in place to help the city’s homeless population, including new spaces for social distancing and self-isolation
The Fritz Sick gymnasium will transition into a temporary homeless shelter to provide more square footage than the current homeless shelter. Rooms have also been secured at a local motel as a self-isolation unit for the homeless population.
City of Peterborough to move men’s shelters to Sport and Wellness Centre temporarily to provide better social distancing
Peterborough city and county announced a plan for sheltering homeless people in gyms at the vacated Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. People staying at the Brock Mission, or the city’s emergency shelter, will go stay in cots at the Sport and Wellness Centre starting Wednesday night. The idea is to allow homeless space for social distancing.
Youth-focused blog covering COVID-19 responses in Calgary
The site, Youth Are Awesome, commonly referred to as YAA, is a blog written by youth for youth. YAA provides the youth of Calgary a place to amplify their voices and perspectives on what is happening around them.
Long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia will be provided with iPads
Among other initiatives, the Department of Health and Wellness will distribute up to 800 iPads across the province to long-term care homes so residents can connect with family and friends; the tablets will begin arriving at facilities in April.
Guelph launches Supported Isolation Centre for homeless facing coronavirus
A group of community and health-care organizations opened the Supported Isolation Centre (SIC) in downtown Guelph. This particular model is not a medical model, meaning that the people who are there are not being medically monitored; they’re being supported to self-isolate.