QCGN Responds to Coronavirus Crisis

Quebecers are engaged in an unprecedented public health emergency. During this crisis, it is essential that members of linguistic minority communities have access to quality information in our language. To help English-speaking Quebecers and the organizations and institutions that support them navigate through the pandemic, QCGN’s communications and research staff have created this online information hub to provides access to reliable information in English from trusted sources. This frequently updated hub provides links to a wide inventory of government COVID-19 assistance programs and measures as well as access to additional information, resources and online tools.

We thank the QCGN members and stakeholders who assisted in the creation of this webpage. If you seek information that is not already here, or if you have further resources to share, please contact us at coronavirus.response@qcgn.ca.

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COMMUNITY AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT TOOLS & RESOURCES
CANADIAN GOVERNMENT INFORMATION & RESOURCES
QUEBEC GOVERNMENT INFORMATION & RESOURCES
EDUCATION & LEARNING ONLINE RESOURCES
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION & RESOURCES
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
LEGAL RESOURCES
MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
OTHER ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES

(This page is updated regularly. Some resources cannot be accessed through MS Explorer.)

COMMUNITY AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT TOOLS & RESOURCES

Faits COVID-19 Facts (Updated August 12) 

This bilingual news portal, co-sponsored by the Quebec Community Groups Network, provides knowledge and practical tools to support and equip people to: Fact-check information and news about COVID-19; Access reliable, official and verified sources of information on COVID-1; and Empower themselves with new knowledge and practical tools to understand and fight misinformation. 

When and How to Deconfine (Added July 9) 

Translated by Literacy Quebec and CHSSN, the Coalition des Tables Régionales d’Organismes Communautaires provides these guidelines on deconfinement.   

DESTA COVID-19 Resource Hub (Updated July 9)  

Information about government benefits and access to additional resources and online tools in English from the DESTA Black Youth Network. 

Family Resource Centre Help Line

The offices are closed, but the help line that supports families with children experiencing learning and/or behaviour problems remains active. Call 514 676-7775.

Seniors Action Quebec (Updated May 26) 

As lockdown measures are eased Seniors Action Quebec (SAQ) produced a tip sheet to help seniors in this difficult time. SAQ also produced a questions sheet for families and caregivers to help them ensure their loved ones are being well-cared for in light of the challenges faced by CHSLDs and seniors’ residences. See also links to online resources that are both general and of particular interest to Quebec seniors.  

Townshippers’ Association (Updated April 30)  

Townshippers website links to official sources for public heatlh updates and information in English that is specific to the Eastern Township. More resources in Townshippers Knowledge BaseTownshippers’ Festival is postponed till the fall of 2021. 

Parkinson Canada (Quebec) (Updated August 3) 

Information, resources and activities updated daily on the website and on Facebook. A bilingual Quebec-based social worker is available via telephone and email for people living with Parkinson’s, their care partners and healthcare professionals, call 514-357-4291 ext. 3411 or toll free 1-800-565-3000 ext. 3411. 

What COCo Learned About Doing an Online AGM (Updated June 20) 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Community Organizations (COCo) made a last-minute decision to hold its AGM online. Here is what they learned.  Meanwhile you can consult the PowerPoint and questions & answers from QCGN’s webinar with COCo.  

Virtual AGMs: Yes, you can! (Added May 7) 

The Ontario Nonprofit Network has created this useful Virtual AGM Facilitation Guide.  

English Language Arts Network (Added May 1) 

In response to COVID-19, ELAN is working to amass resources and tools for Quebec’s artists, cultural workers. For the safety of our staff and the public, ELAN’s scheduled events are postponed.

Art Uncontained (Updated July 29) 

CBC launches Art Uncontained, a collection of innovative content offering inspiration for audiences and support to the Canadian artistic community. 

Fondation du Grand Montréal (Added April 9) 

COVID-19 Collective Fund has two objectives: 1) to meet immediate needs across all sectors of our community life, paying special attention to the situation of vulnerable children; and 2) to stimulate and support the strategic collective work required to contribute to the recovery and rebuilding of the community in the aftermath of the crisis. 

Canada Helps (Updated July 29) 

This article outlines measures by the Federal and Provincial governments available to Canada’s charitable sector. 

The Philanthropist

The charitable sector is responding rapidly to the expanding impact of the pandemic, via outreach, operations, and advocacy. The Philanthropist provides up-to-date coverage.

Resources for Canadian Non-profits (Added May 21) 

Imagine Canada has been working to help non-profit organizations and registered charities. They compiled a list of resources for non-profits which includes tips on how to fundraise 

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT INFORMATION & RESOURCES

The Government of Canada has created or modified programs to assist Canadians during the coronavirus public health emergency. Key programs and details are listed on this page. You are also encouraged to visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which features a COVID-19 Virtual Assistant to help navigate available programs.

COVID-19 Business Resources (Updated July 29) 

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada lists government and Crown corporation resources developed by the government and Crown corporations to help Canadian businesses navigate COVID-19.  

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (Updated Oct. 1)  

Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CHMC) has extended its program to provide commercial tenants with rent relief. The deadline to opt-in is October 30, 2020. Details. 

Innovation Canada: Support for Your Business (Added June 19) 

Use this handy search tool to find COVID-19 support and other programs and services. 

Economic Development for Quebec Regions (Updated July 29) 

The Regional Economic Development Agency for Quebec launched the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund an initiative with an envelope of $211 million for Quebec to support local economies. 

Jobs and Career Options During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Updated July 29)  

This website provides tools and government resources to help you navigate the world of work during the pandemic.  If you are an employee looking for a job or an employer looking to hire, you can use this resource for help.   

Information for the Agriculture and Agri-food Industry (Updated July 29) 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is taking action to address the challenges posed by COVID-19. This page contains information for those in the agriculture industry (producers, processors, and agri-food businesses). 

Risk-informed Decision-making Guidelines for Workplaces and Small Businesses (Updated July 29) 

This framework from the Government of Canada helps employers consider risks and risk mitigation strategies associated with their workplace. 

Parkinson Canada (Quebec) (Updated August 3) 

Employment and Social Development Canada has invested $350 million to improve the ability of community organizations such as Centraide (United Way), the Canadian Red Cross and the Community Foundations of Canada to serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. Details.

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations (Updated August 3) 

A $500 million fund was set up to will help address the financial needs of affected organizations so they can continue to support artists and athletes.  

The Museums Assistance Program (Added June 20) 

This Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations provides financial assistance to organizations in order to allow them to continue to care for their heritage collections under these exceptional circumstances so that they remain accessible to Canadians.  Application deadline: Sept. 1, 2020  

 COVID-19: Information and Support for the Arts Sector (Updated June 20) 

The Canada Council for the Arts is providing financial support for Canadian artists whose livelihoods are significantly harmed by social distancingCheck the website for information and updates.  

Service Canada Centres (Updated August 12)  

The Government of Canada recently announced the gradual and safe reopening of in-person Service Canada Centres. Request for an appointment by filling out the service request form. A Service Canada officer will call you back within two business days. At Service Canada Centres you will be greeted by a Commissionaire and required to respect physical distancing measures. Non-medical face coverings are strongly encouraged, and hand sanitizer will be available. Client access to computers, telephones, and photocopiers is not available at this time. You can also access online services at Canada.ca/service-canada-home.  Clients can apply for critical services online at the following links: Passport Services; Employment Insurance; Pensions; and other services 

Temporary changes to Canada Summer Jobs program (Updated Oct. 1) 

The Government of Canada is making temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to allow employers to make it more flexible. All funded employers may offer job placements until February 28, 2021. Details 

New Horizons for Seniors (Updated Oct. 1) 

An additional investment of $20 million to support organizations that offer community-based projects that reduce isolation, improve the quality of life of seniors, and help them maintain a social support network. Organizations that received funding under the 2019-2020 community-based stream will be able to use their funding to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19. The new deadline is now December 31, 2020.  Details

Find Financial Support During COVID-19 (Added June 19) 

This handy search tool will ask 7 to 10 questions, one at a time. Then you will be shown a list of benefits that may help in your situation. It will also provide links for more information.  

Canada Recovery Benefit (Added Oct. 14) 

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Details. 

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (Added Oct. 14) 

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.  Details. 

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (Added Oct. 14) 

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. Details. 

Support for Seniors (Updated Oct. 1) 

Seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension will receive a one-time tax-free payment of $300 with and additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). The one-time payment for seniors was available to individuals who are eligible to receive the Old Age Security pension or the Guaranteed Income Supplement in June 2020. You do not need to apply. Details

Support for Canadians with Disabilities (Updated Oct. 1) 

Individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020 received a one-time payment of $600. 

Canada Post measures 

Committed to delivering mail and packages to CanadiansCanada Post is providing regular updates delivery interruptions that may be affecting your neighbourhood and international shipments. 

Coronavirus and Indigenous Communities (Added Oct. 14) 

The Government of Canada is providing support to First Nations and Inuit communities in preparing for, monitoring and responding to COVID-19. Details.  

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  (Updated Oct. 1)

This fact sheet for service providers updates organizations working with newcomers that are funded by IRCC. 

COVID-19 a Data Perspective (Added April 24) 

Statistics Canada is accelerating data collection to help the country respond to, and recover from, the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. It also encourages Canadians to participate in crowdsourcing data collections. Find surveys, survey results and other information here. 

Measures for airline travel (Updated August 20) 

Measures for non-medical masks or face coverings in the Canadian transportation system. Passengers should follow the current Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidance on face coverings. On August 14, the Minister of Transport announced Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19, which is the foundation for Canada’s current and future efforts to reduce the public health risks while travelling by aircraft. 

Mandatory Quarantine and Essential Workers Exemption (Added May 25) 

All persons entering Canada MUST self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. If you are returning to or entering Canada for essential work and have no COVID-19 symptoms, you may not need to self-isolate. Details.

Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Added Oct. 1) 

The Government of Canada is mobilizing industry to provide medical supplies, and providing information on personal protective equipment in relation to COVID-19, including expedited access and how to get authorization to sell personal protective equipment (PPE)This supply hub includes resources and information to help organizations sell and buy PPE.   

Connecting Families

Community advocates note that low-income families are more vulnerable during this crisis because they are least likely to have home computers or reliable internet connections. The Government of Canada’s Connecting Families initiative, in partnership with internet service providers, helps eligible low-income Canadian families get connected for $10 per month.

QUEBEC GOVERNMENT INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Action plan for a second wave (Added Sept. 26) 

Consult the Quebec government’s action Action plan for a second wave. Also view this infographic with the government’s nine action points.  

Progressive regional alert and intervention system (Added Sept. 26) 

The regional alert system with progressive intervention criteria defines additional measures to be taken as needed to ensure public safety in each of Québec’s socio-health regions. To find out the alert level in your region, consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

Gradual Resumption of Activities Under the COVID-19-related Pause (Updated Sept. 26) 

Economic and other activities will gradually resume with the consent and collaboration of public health authorities. Re-openings will occur in phases, depending on the type of activities and the geographic zone. Deconfinement planning, subject to changes in the pandemic. Details 

Social Assistance and Social Solidarity (Updated May 25) 

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for last-resort financial assistance. You could also be eligible for special benefits covering the cost of medication, optometric services, dental care and other specific needs. 

Concerted Temporary Action Program for Businesses (Updated Oct. 1) 

Financial assistance from Investissement Québec is available to businesses in precarious situations due to COVID-19. This includes cooperatives and other social enterprise organizations with commercial activities. 

Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (Added Oct. 14) 

The Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses program is designed to offer temporary support to businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and who need $50,000 cash or less. Details. 

Web platform Connects Job Seekers and Employers (Added Sept. 9)

Quebec launched the web platform Jetravaille!, a job placement service which provides businesses throughout Quebec with a free, online space to post job offers. Job seekers can consult online offers, create a profile and apply for a job. Priority will be given to processing job offers from businesses in priority services and activities and from those that are authorized to resume their activities . 

Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP)

Workers who interrupt or defer their parental leave to participate in the COVID-19 public health emergency efforts can have an extra six months to receive these benefits. Details. Individuals can also call 1 877 644-4545 (toll free) or 418 644-4545; 514 644-4545; 819 644-4545; or 450 644-4545. 

Workplace safety in the time of coronavirus (Added April 29) 

Information and practical tools from the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) to protect workers’ health and ensure their safety.  

Hunting, Fishing and Trapping During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Added May 8) 

Information on regulations, licensing, wildlife protection, and ZECs, national parks and wildlife reserves. 

Relief Measures for Individuals and Businesses (Added April 22) 

Revenue Quebec has introduced relief measures to make life easier for individuals and businesses affected by the exceptional situation caused by COVID-19. For information about deadlines you need to meet to fulfill your tax obligations, see COVID-19 Summary Table: Deadlines for Individuals and COVID-19 Summary Tables: Deadlines for Businesses. 

Le Panier Bleu (Added April 22) 

The Panier Bleu program was created to stimulate Quebec’s economy through the purchasing of local products online (In French).

EDUCATION & LEARNING ONLINE RESOURCES

Situation in Schools (Added Sept. 26) 

For information purposes, an overview of the situation in school service centres, school boards and schools concerning COVID-19.  See daily numbers – Public and Private School Systems.  Also consult the List of schools – Public and Private – that are affected. Their content does not replace the notice sent to parents by a school when a case is reported there.  

Back-to-school Plan for Fall 2020 (Added August 11) 

On August 10, the Government of Quebec announced procedures and protocols related to this fall’s return to classes for pre-school and elementary, secondary, adult general education and vocational training, as well as staff. Information regarding the back-to-school plan for students and staff can be found here 

Back-to-school Plan for Fall 2020 (COVID-19) (Added August 11) 

On August 10, the Government of Quebec announced procedures and protocols related to this fall’s return to classes for pre-school and elementary, secondary, adult general education and vocational training, as well as staff. Information regarding the back-to-school plan for students and staff can be found here 

Quebec English School Board Association (Updated August 11)  

Go to the QESBA portal and click on the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pop up image for details for each school board.  

Open School

The Government of Quebec’s Open School website provides thousands of resources to help students and parents learn, create, have fun and stay active – just like at school.

LEARN Quebec (Updated August 11) 

LEARN has assembled Learn @ Homededicated resource page to help parents engage students. It including free online tutoring for students in English schools in grades 2-11 and subject-specific and cross-curricular content and activities for Elementary students. 

COVID and Community-Based Literacy Organizations in Quebec (Added August 11) 

Literacy Quebec asked member organizations about the needs and challenges of students, volunteers, and the organization, as well as the experience of working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the preliminary report

Activities to promote healthy development (Added July 14)

Some summer activities for kids to promote learning and development and reduce stress. Suitable for younger children up to early adolescence. 

John Abbot College Foundation (Added April 22) 

The JAC Foundation has created the Special Edition Online Loonie Line Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund to support John Abbott College students living in a precarious situation due to COVID-19. 

Concordia University COVID-19 Research Guide

General and scientific information about COVID-19 from Concordia University’s Library.  For more information about the Library’s response, please visit the Library services and resources during closure page. 

Resources for Organizing Educational Services Under Shutdowns (Updated August 11) 

This guide lists resources from scholarly journals, newsletters, newspapers, websites, and other sources organizing educational services under prolonged shutdowns caused by epidemics such as COVID-19 and other disasters. 

Concordia University Cares (Added May 6) 

Concordia’s Community Volunteer Outreach Program is seeking volunteers to perform tasks including checking in on senior citizens by phone; answering messages and phone calls from youthdelivering groceries to seniors; and sewing face masks and headbands for front line health workers.

Concordia’s SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation (Added April 17) 

SHIFT is allocating $50,000 to support socially transformative initiatives that are responding to the circumstances created by the global pandemic. Details.

Systems Supporting Student Success

Instructors and professional development staff from English and French educational institutions have posted a list of online teaching resources. They are members of SALTISE – Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education.

PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION & RESOURCES

COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool (Added April 24) 

Take the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 self-assessment test.  

Testing for COVID-19 in Canada (Added Sept. 9) 

Testing is the only way to confirm whether you have COVID-19. It is important to know if you are infected so that you can protect your family and the people in your community. Details on COVID-19 testing in Canada.

Safe Use of Non-Medical Masks and Face Coverings (Added Sept. 9) 

Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering when you can’t maintain a 2-metre distance from others is mandatory.  Tips and information on how they can be used safely as well guidance on how to clean, store and dispose of masks and face coverings. 

Self-Care Guide – COVID-19 (revised edition) 

This 24-page guide – in English – is designed to empower Quebecers to make the best possible personal decisions over how they can protect their health and the health of loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Care for a Person With COVID-19 (Added Sept. 9) 

Advice for caregivers taking care of some who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 from the Public Health Agency of Canada. How to protect yourself and others in the home, as well as those in your community. 

Together, let’s protect our children (Added April 13) 

This brochure is an awareness tool meant to help the population remain vigilant with respect to distress experienced by parents and/or children, particularly during a period of isolation amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

Tips and Advice for Seniors (Added April 28) 

The CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS produced and translated this brochure for seniors with tips and advice on how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Medication and Pharmaceutical Services (Updated August 3) 

This fact sheet, prepared in co-operation with the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québecprovides accurate, validated information on current medication and pharmaceutical issues.  

Health Canada Advises Canadians to Help Support the Continued Supply of Medications (Updated August 3)  

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant shifts in the supply and demand of certain drugs. While supply levels may be stabilizing, supply pressures continue for certain drugs. Details.

Government of Canada Advice for Seniors (Added July 8) 

A series of links intended for seniors and their caregivers covering a range of subjects such as physical and mental health, financial support, protection from fraud and elder abuse, and advice for indigenous seniors, veterans, and caregivers 

Government of Canada-Self care for Caregivers (Added July 30)

This guide covers a wide range of situations, not just the current pandemic, but is useful in the COVID-19 emergency. 

Protect yourself and your family from poisonings (Added May 8) 

The pandemic has increased the use of household cleaning products, bleaches, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. Between February and March, poison centres received 58 per cent more exposure reports, compared with the same period last year. Find information on how to safely use these products. 

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (Added July 22) 

The pandemic has reduced many people’s activity levels. Prior to its arrival, with support from the Government of Canada, CSEP developed the Canadian 24hr Movement Guidelines for ages 0-4, 5-17, 18-64 and 65+. There are also guidelines for specific conditions such as pregnancy, MS, cancer, and information about links to the immune system, and combatting depression and anxiety. 

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology-CSEP (Added July 22) 

The pandemic has reduced many people’s activity levels. Prior to its arrival, with support from the Government of Canada, CSEP developed the Canadian 24hr Movement Guidelines for ages 0-4, 5-17, 18-64 and 65+. There are also guidelines for specific conditions such as pregnancy, MS, cancer, and information about links to the immune system, and combatting depression and anxiety. 

Institut national de santé publique (Added April 29) 

Coronavirus information in English from the public health expertise and reference centre of Quebec’s Institut national de santé publique. 

Health Agency of Canada (Updated August 3)

The Government of Canada’s portal provides regularly updated  information related to coronavirus. 

COVID-19 Dementia Resources (Added August 3) 

McGill’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning has compiled a list of trusted resources to support people with dementia, their caregivers and their family. 

COVID-19 Health Literacy Project (Added April 17) 

Created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing, the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project provides information into different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care.  

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Protecting Your Well-being in the COVID-19 Pandemic (Added June 3) 

This Government of Quebec webpage offers various ways that can improve your emotional and psychosocial well-being.  

Taking care of your mental health (Added Sept. 9) 

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, or worried when things change and the future is not known. Remember to take care of yourself. Also, if it’s becoming too much, reach out to your primary health care provider or a mental health professional. More tips. 

Don’t forget your children’s mental health (Added June 3) 

If your children are worried about the pandemic, this infographic produced by the Government of Quebec provides advice on can help you to better support them during the pandemic. 

COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Children (Added June 19) 

Children, just like adults, have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It can be difficult for some to understand why they have to stay home or can’t see loved ones and friends. Use the following resources to help your child understand what’s going on and how they can help.  

Stress, Anxiety and Depression Associated with the Coronavirus (Added April 8)

This fact sheet from the Government of Quebec provides guidelines for self-care and links to sources of assistance.

AMI Quebec (Updated June 3) 

This website provides information about support groups and workshops, available by phone and/or on-line.  

World Psychiatric Association (Added July 9) 

Trusted sources and resources in a variety of languages to help guide your response to the mental health challenges our communities are faced with as we deal with COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub (Added July 2) 

Resources to help you take care of yourself and look out for the people you love during this challenging time.  

Kids Help Phone (Added April 8)

The Canadian government has granted $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide young people with mental health support.

Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus (Updated June 5) 

The Child Development Institute, a children’s mental health agency in Toronto, provides advice suggesting helpful ways to talk to your kids about coronavirus. 

Guide for Bereaved People During a Pandemic (Added May 1) 

Bereavement Guide by Formations Monbourquette sur le deuil PRAXIS – Centre de développement professionnel Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal 

The Pandemic’s Impact on Emotional Health (Added August 11) 

While focussed on Montreal, this article from Montreal’s Public Health Department has information and suggestions that are applicable anywhere. There is also a link to a more complete analysis in Montreal (French only). 

MUNICIPAL AND REGIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

General information (Update June 15) 

Questions and answers concerning the municipalities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including essential services that must be maintained and access to municipal facilities. 

Ayers Cliff 

Information related to the COVID crisis. 

Brome Lake 

Communications form the Town of Brome Lake regarding coronavirus.  

Chaudières-Appalaches region (Added May 1) 

L’APPUI Chaudières-Appalaches has created a non-exhaustive list of English and French online resources for caregivers to better work and intervene in the context of the social crisis related to COVID-19. 

Cowansville 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Cowansville residents.  

Gaspé 

The mayor of Gaspé is producing regular messages to resident in both English and French. You can access them on the town of Gaspé’s website.  

Gatineau 

Impact of COVID-19 on activities and facilities in Gatineau and other emergency notices. 

Hudson 

Measures taken by the Town of Hudson to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Lachute 

The town of Lachute, one of the least affected in the Laurentians, remind residents of important telephone numbers of resources that can help them through this pandemic period. 

Laval (Updated May 15) 

Ville de Laval essential services for residents, to protect the health of employees working in essential services and to support the health network in implementing public health measures. Details on the current situation in Laval. Also consult coronavirus updates for transit users. 

Longueuil (Updated May 15) 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the population and limit the spread of the virus, Ville de Longueuil has decided to cancel all indoor and outdoor events through August 31, inclusively. See information on how to ask for and offer help as well as support for seniors, merchants and businesses. Click here for details about STL bus service.  

Montreal COVID-19 Services and Information (Updated June 20) 

Measures to protect the population from COVID-19 are changing as the situation evolves. Municipal buildings, community centres, cultural sites, libraries, and sports facilities are closed until further notice.  Latest news and multilingual information on web portal.
Consult the latest information and recommendations from Santé Montréal including the current situation. Also consult an interactive map on its website that breaks down the number of COVID-19 cases on the island of Montreal by borough and by age group, as well as information and resources in multiple languages. Become a virtual library member to get access to 52,000 digital books, thousands of newspapers and magazines and online course.
Second instalment of municipal taxes postponed until Sept. 1, 2020.  The City of Montreal is also offering support measures for businesses.
Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
Consult coronavirus prevention measures and schedule updates for transit usersSince May 25, the STM is giving out face coverings to customers. Details.
Additional information for boroughs:
CDN-NDG Support for organizations 
L’Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève closures.
Lachine community resources and assistance.
LaSalle food aid and community resources.
Pierrefonds-Roxboro Information on food aid and community resources.
Saint-Laurent information and essential services for seniors.
Verdun local emergency fund. 

Information for Municipalities on the Island of Montreal  

Baie d’Urfe action plan and messages from the mayor.
Beaconsfield measures to slow down the COVID-19 spread.
Cote-Saint-Luc response to COVID-19.
Dollard-des-Ormeaux list of community resources and message from the mayor.
Dorval information and reminders concerning coronavirus. 
Hampstead community resources and message from the mayor.
Kirkland coronavirus news for residents.  
Montreal West notice pertaining to coronavirus.
Pointe-Claire updates on COVID-19. 
Senneville emergency measures for Coronavirus.
Town of Mount Royal up to date news for citizens. 
Westmount information about essential services to residents. 

North Hatley 

North Hatley measures in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

Quebec City 

Quebec City is monitoring the pandemic and providing essential municipal services at all times. 

Rosemère 

Relevant information and measures taken so far to limit the spread of the virus. 

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield 

News about the measures the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield has taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). 

Sherbrooke COVID-19 Page  

Sherbrooke municipal page regarding measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic including special measures to assist the population. 

 The Public Health Situation in Estrie 

Information page from the Le CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS on COVID-19 situation in the Eastern Townships.

Stanstead 

Prevention Measures put in place by the Town of Stanstead.  

Sutton 

A word from the Mayor of the Town of Sutton concerning the current situation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  

OTHER ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES

Key Coronavirus Questions Answered by André Picard (Updated June 3) 

Everything (or almost) that you need to know about COVID-19: The Globe and Mail’s award-winning health columnist provides straight answers to key coronavirus questions in this regularly updated article.  

Glossary on the COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated June 11) 

To encourage clear communications during the pandemic, terminologists at the Government of Canada’s Translation Bureau have created this regularly updated glossary designed as a tool for language professionals as well as those responsible for disseminating information in the context of this pandemic. In it, you will find terms from the fields of medicine, sociology and politics, among others.  

Multilingual coronavirus information (Added April 9) 

The Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité de la santé et les services sociaux (ACCESS) has created this multilingual information site on COVID-19. 

CBC Guide to Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19 (Updated August 3) 

The interactive tool by CBC will direct you to federal government, provinces and territories programs for individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus. 

Plain-language Guide for Getting Government Aid

This handy guide compiled by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton Universitycollates information on program and application guidelines, along with government phone numbers. Available in PDF. 

COVID-19 Social Impacts Network (Added May 1)  

Led by ACS-Metropolis, the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network is a multidisciplinary group of some of the country’s leading experts to help identify key issues, indicators and socio-demographics to generate evidence-based responses that address the social and economic dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis in Canada.  

 CEDEC Resources to Help Your Small Business Cope with COVID-19 (Added May 8)

The communications team at the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation curating relevant information and online tools for small businesses.  

Tips for start-up entrepreneurs weathering COVID-19 (Added July 29) 

This article from The Conversation offer practical tips on weathering the pandemic storm. 

Canadian Business Resilience Network (Updated August 3) 

The latest information, tools and resources to help businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a toolkit to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations. 

PME MTL COVID-19 Resources for Small and Medium Businesses (Added May 8) 

Extensive information surrounding government support, training, incentives and other key information relevant to entrepreneurs. 

Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (Updated June 1) 

COVID-19 programs, measures, general Information and resources for entrepreneurs. 

COVID-19 Research Guide (Added April 23) 

General and scientific information about COVID-19 from Concordia University’s Library.  For more information about the Library’s response, please visit the Library services and resources during closure page. 

Conference Board of Canada (Updated May 25) 

Resource for updates, data, forecasts, research on the growing spread of coronavirus, and useful tools that will help you and your organizations navigate these challenging times.

Pandemic Borders Blog (Added April 17) 

The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration & Integration at Ryerson University in partnership with Open Democracy has created a  create a blog platform to examine the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic raises for vulnerable residents and workers at and within national borders.  

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO offers a full array of COVID-19 updates and resources and monitoring.

Contact 

If you cannot find the information or resource you are looking for, or need assistance understanding anything, email your questions to coronavirus.response@qcgn.ca.  

We urge you to follow safe social distancing and other public health guidelines to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Stay healthy! 

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