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.

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 (Posted Aug. 2020) 

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-19; and Empower themselves with new knowledge and practical tools to understand and fight misinformation. 

When and How to Deconfine (Posted July 2020) 

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

DESTA COVID-19 Resource Hub  

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 April 2021) 

As lockdown measures are eased Seniors Action Quebec (SAQ) produced 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 and details of the We’re All In This Together web series to connect with and inspire isolated, English speaking seniors across Quebec during the pandemic. 

Townshippers’ Association  

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 Base.

Parkinson Canada (Quebec)   

Information, resources and activities updated regularly 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 (Posted June 2020) 

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.  

English Language Arts Network   

In response to COVID-19, ELAN is working to amass news, 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  

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

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  

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  

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 Canadians and Canadian businesses navigate COVID-19.  

Innovation Canada: Support for Your Business  

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

Economic Development for Quebec Regions 

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  

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.   

Agricultural and Agri-Food Job Portal  

There is a need for agriculture and food production workers across Canada. This online employment portal is designed to help job seekers and students find agriculture and food production job sites and resources as well as information about skills and training.  

Information for the Agriculture and Agri-food Industry 

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 

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

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations  

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

The Impact of Emergency Situations on Official Languages  

This report by the Office of the Commission of Official Languages (OCOL) describes the government of Canada’s use of official languages in emergency situations, taking into account, but not limited to, the specific context of the current COVID-19 pandemic in order to identify the most important findings and make recommendations.  

 COVID-19: Information and Support for the Arts Sector 

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 

Service Canada Centres are gradually re-opening some locations for key services such as Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security, Social Insurance Numbers and Passports for critical travel. Find a service centre near you or request for an appointment by filling out the service request form. 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.  

Claiming Deduction for Home Office Expenses (Added Jan. 7) 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have asked Canadians to stay at home to help minimize the spread of the virus. As a result, an unprecedented number of employees who would normally work in an office environment are now working from home. In response, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made the home office expenses deduction available to more Canadians and simplified the way employees can claim these expenses.  Details. 

Find Financial Support During COVID-19  

This handy search tool will ask 7 to 10 questions, 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. 

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.  

Reaching Home Initiative (Added November 11) 

To support those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Funding can be used for a range of needs. 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. 

Interactive map and data (Added Jan. 12) 

Interactive case map and data summary for information about cases in Canada. 

COVID-19 Data Trends (Added April 2021) 

Data continues to be gathered on COVID-19 to identify key trends. This webpage includes: Local data based on postal code; epidemiological reports; provincial and Territorial snapshots; and mathematical modelling. 

COVID-19 a Data Perspective 

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 collection. Find surveys, survey results and other information here. 

COVID-19: Travel, Quarantine and Borders (Added Feb. 12) 

The COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel to Canada and within Canada. It is essential to understand and comply with the requirements to protect others and prevent the spread. Consult the rules and restrictions. 

Travelers Coming into Canada by Land (Updated March 5) 

As of February 15, 2021, travelers entering Canada by land must provide proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the U.S. upon arrival at the border. Some travelers, like commercial truckers, will be exempt from these measures. There is onsite testing at St. BernarddeLacolle (Highway 15), St-Armand, and Stanstead (Route 55). 

Measures for Airline Travel (Updated Feb. 12) 

Starting January 7, 2021, air travelers 5 years of age or older will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. Passengers should follow the current Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidance on face coverings.  

Personal and Social Activities During the Pandemic (Added Dec. 3) 

Going out safely during COVID-19 means taking steps to protect yourself and others. Make informed choices to keep yourself and others safe. 

Mandatory Quarantine and Essential Workers Exemption (Updated Feb. 12) 

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

Confinement and Curfew (Updated Feb. 12) 

New health instructions and curfew in force throughout Quebec. Avoid travel and consult the measures that apply in your region to learn the details. Also see questions and answers about confinement and other guidelines. 

Instructions for Travelers During the Pandemic (Updated Feb. 12) 

There are no preventive isolation measures for people arriving from other Canadian provinces. However, non-essential travel should be avoided. All travelers entering Canada from outside the country, including cruise passengers, must self-isolate for 14 days and postpone all non-urgent medical appointments. More details. 

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.

Social Assistance and Social Solidarity 

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. 

Revenue Quebec Offices (Updated January 2021) 

Revenue Quebec service centres will remain closed through February 8. Revenu Québec 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.  

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) (Updated Nov. 4) 

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.  

Workplace Safety in the Time of Coronavirus (Updated April 2021) 

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 safetyNo longer available in English. 

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. 

EDUCATION & LEARNING ONLINE RESOURCES

COVID Guidelines Specific to Education (Added April 2021) 

Consult information the organization of educational activities in preschools, primary and secondary schools, including details for schools in zones affected by emergency measures. 

Situation in Quebec Schools (Updated April 2021) 

Consult the List of schools – Public and Private – affected by COVID-19. Their content does not replace the notice sent to parents by a school when a case is reported there.  

Quebec English School Board Association  

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  

LEARN has assembled Learn @ Homededicated resource page to help parents engage students. It includes 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

John Abbot College Foundation  

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   

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 

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 Vaccination Campaign (Updated March 5) 

Throughout Quebec, people in priority groups can get vaccinated. Details hereAppointments are mandatory. Make an appointment on ClicSanté by entering your postal code. Consult vaccination start dates by region. Also consult the priority groups for vaccination. The COVID19 vaccine is free for anyone who wants it. Get answers to your questions. 

If needed, you can get help by calling from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 

418-644-4545 

514-644-4545 

450-644-4545 

819-644-4545 

1-877-644-4545 (toll-free line) 

COVID-19 Vaccines 

Visit the Santé Québec COVID-19 vaccines page to learn more about functioning, effectiveness and safety of the vaccines. Also read about possible symptoms after vaccination. More information about vaccination and immunization from Health Canada and from the World Health Organization.  

Vaccines and Treatments for COVID-19 (Updated April 2021) 

Having safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available is an important tool to help with the long-term management of COVID-19. Health Canada is prioritizing the review of all COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.  Learn more about the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine and the vaccine rollout.

COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool  

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms similar to COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment to get a recommendation on the next steps to followThis assessment can be completed for your child or for another member of your family. 

COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool 

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

Testing for COVID-19 (Updated March 5) 

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 Quebec and Canada.

Testing Centres in Quebec 

Designated testing clinics, designated assessment clinics and mobile clinics have been set up to ensure access to a test for people who need one based on indications established by public health. To find the testing centre nearest to you, visit the website for your region. Consult the list owalk-in COVID-19 testing centres and wait times.  

Self-Isolating Instructions (Added Nov. 26) 

Quick facts from Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services with instructions for: people who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19; people awaiting screening or a COVID-19 test resultpeople with COVID-19 symptomspeople with COVID-19 in home isolation; and people returning home from abroad. 

Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation (Added Jan. 5) 

Quarantine refers to the 14 days that a person must stay at home; monitor for symptoms; avoid contact with other people. You have to quarantine if you are returning from outside Canada; have been in contact with a possible COVID-19 case; have been told to by your local public health authority. Isolation is when you stay at home and limit contact with others because you have a symptom of COVID-19 and may have been exposed. See the full list here.

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 as 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. 

Caring for a Sick Child (Added Feb. 2021) 

If you are caring for a child who has or may have COVID-19, it is important that you take steps to protect your family, yourself, and the community.  Only one healthy person should provide care for the child. Monitor their symptoms. Keep your environment clean. More details. 

Together, Let’s Protect Our Children  

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  pandemic.  

Tips and Advice for Seniors 

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. 

Protecting Yourself if You’re at Higher Risk of COVID-19 (Added Jan. 5) 

Coronavirus can result in severe illness for some people in our communities. You might be at more risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19 if you are an older adult; have a medical condition; or have a weakened immune system. See full list. If you’re at higher risk, stay home as much as possible, and if you must go out, practice strict physical distancing. 

Avoid High Risk Settings (Added Jan. 5) 

Help to lower the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of everyone in your community. Stay away from the three “Cs” of high-risk settings and situations which are: Closed spaces with poor ventilation; crowded places with large numbers of people gathered; close contact where you can’t stay two metres away from others. More details.  

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.  

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  

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. 

Practicing Healthy Movement Behaviours  

The pandemic has reduced many people’s activity levels. Prior to its arrival, with support from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 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  

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

Health Agency of Canada  

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

COVID-19 Dementia Resources  

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  

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  

This Government of Quebec webpage, which has a link to ask questions, offers various ways that can improve your emotional and psychosocial well-being.  

Anxiety and Isolation During COVID-19 (Added Jan. 5) 

COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of many people. It is common to feel anxious and isolated. Wellness Together Canada portal has online mental health and substance use support and counselling. 

More information from Health Canada. 

Don’t Forget Your Children’s Mental Health 

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 

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 

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

AMI Quebec  

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

Mental Health and Wellness During COVID-19 

This Mental Health Commission of Canada resource hub is regularly refreshed with additional resources, videos and information to supports workers and families grappling with anxiety, isolation and other issues. The Commission also prepared this self-care resilience guide and tips to help Canadians striving to protect their mental health and this set of guidelines for seniors to protect their mental wellness, and indirectly for their caregivers.  

World Psychiatric Association  

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   

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

Kids Help Phone (Added April 7) 

The Canadian government granted $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide young people with mental health support via text, phone, messenger and chat. Details. 

Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus  

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  

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 

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. 

Brome Lake 

Communications from 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  

Bilingual 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. 

Laval (Updated March 5) 

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.  Also consult coronavirus updates for transit users. 

Longueuil (Updated March 5) 

COVID-19 information for residents of Ville de Longueuil and preventative measures for RTL transit users.  

Montreal COVID-19 Services and Information (Updated March 5)  

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 the city’s web portalConsult the latest information and recommendations from Santé Montréal including the current situation 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 courses. Also, 2021 municipal property tax instalments have been delayed.
Société de transport de Montréal (STM) 
Consult coronavirus prevention measures and schedule updates for transit users.  

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 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. 

Sherbrooke COVID-19 Page  

Sherbrooke municipal page regarding measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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. 

OTHER ONLINE TOOLS & RESOURCES

Glossary on the COVID-19 Pandemic   

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  

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. 

COVID-19 Social Impacts Network  

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   

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   

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

Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal  

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  

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   

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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