PACE Society — a peer-driven organization located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is providing support for current and former sex workers of all genders

Income support

Funding is prioritized to people of colour, Indigenous people, transgender individuals, and members of other marginalized communities.

Indigenous doctors on strength, resilience in the face of pandemics

Indigenous | Mental health | Public health

Indigenous communities have a shared history of colonialism and inter-generational trauma that can make COVID-19 more stressful.

Canadian Legion initiatives going strong in the midst of the pandemic

Mental health | Public health | Seniors | Social isolation

Highlighting how veterans are connecting to socialize, provide for those in need and support service needs

Twitter page run by veterans through the Royal Canadian Legion OSI Special Section where veterans can gather at a place and time to enjoy peer support over coffee

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

The initiative gives Veterans a chance to meet for coffee in a supportive setting, to socialize. With the new restrictions in place across the country, locations have moved their meetings online. Recently an online “Buddy Check Coffee” involved veterans serving from all over the globe calling in

Podcast: Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced that a safe drug supply is coming to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to help with harm reduction during COVID19

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership | Public health

Host Alex de Boer gets comment from Trey Helton, Manager of Vancouver’s Overdose Prevention Society and Jonathan Orr, Program Manager for Raincity Housing’s Peer Services. Trey and Jonathan comment on changing conditions in the City’s overdose prevention sites and share their questions about Vancouver’s new safe supply. Podcast: UBC’s CiTR 101.9 FM focused on alternative and locally-based programming

COVID-19: Safe-drug supplies part of package as Vancouver addresses Downtown Eastside

Frontline services | Policy leadership | Public health

The City’s Community Action Team to help the roughly 20–30% of drug users not connected to the health care system make sure they can access a safe supply. For everyone else, the City is planning for safe supply to be enabled through existing physician relationships, with more details to be announced by the Province.

COVID Disability-Related Resources for Families

General: Sector resources | Public health

Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) will be sharing disability-related resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page, pulled together in one spot for families. New resources will be added as they are developed.

Vancouver Emergency Food Services & Community Supports Map. Updated Daily During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Food | Frontline services | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | Housing and homelessness | Parks and public space | Public health

A google doc put together by Limage Media Group that maps emergency food services, supervised consumption sites, handwashing stations, parks and facilities and Downtown East Side facilities

Digital inclusion in times of crisis — UK mobile operators give free access to National Health Service websites during COVID19

General: Tools for engagement | Policy leadership | Public health

Digital exclusion goes hand in hand with social, economic and political exclusion. It is also complex: people need the appropriate device, connection, skills, confidence, and motivation as well as the ability to maintain those through changing circumstances.

Coordinated effort launched to prevent spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Public health

The DTES Response aims to activate community networks to create a stop-gap plan for the urgent needs of the most vulnerable. Right now, the group is mobilizing resources and coordinating operations.

Community program paying off during COVID-19 crisis

Fundraising and volunteering | Seniors | Social isolation

Abundant Community Edmonton is a grassroots initiative fostering neighbour to neighbour relationships. The goal is to cultivate a culture of care and connection, increased sense of belonging and inclusion, and create a more healthy and livable city – one block at a time. Set up pre-COVID, these groups are now mobilizing to provide support to vulnerable residents.

Edmonton-based non-profit creating new safe space in Expo Centre for those experiencing homelessness

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Public health

In response to the public health need created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Edmonton, Alberta Health Services, Homeward Trust and community partners are creating a temporary facility in the Edmonton EXPO Centre. The facility will serve as a day drop-in service and as a 24/7 isolation shelter for those experiencing homelessness who have been exposed to COVID-19, or have cold or flu symptoms, to recover and protect others by self-isolating.

Poverty advocacy group’s newsletter with links to local mutual aid and neighbourhood pod

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Social isolation

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.

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.

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.

FEANTSA prescribes key priorities for addressing COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness

General: Sector resources | Housing and homelessness

FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless) prescribes key priorities for addressing COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness.

Halifax restaurant, Basha Restaurant invites anyone who’s struggling financially to come inside and have a free meal


The owners of a Halifax restaurant say the way the community embraced them when they first started has them feeling compelled to give back during this difficult time. All orders are take-out only and they have a strict one customer at a time policy.

Asian Unification Project supports the most vulnerable in Toronto and Vancouver during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering | Seniors

Resource supports seniors, immunocompromised people, and disabled people in the Asian community with grocery delivery and errands. The website is in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, with more languages to come.

Calgary grocery store prepares care package to those quarantined

Food | Local businesses

Calgary Co-op chain is offering a Calgary Co-op Care Package containing food essentials, free of charge, to anyone required to be quarantined as directed by a public health agency. These Calgary Co-op Care Packages will contain non-perishable food items such as canned meat, pasta

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