There is no shortage of discussion online and in the media about COVID-19 and the measures needed to keep people and communities safe. To help you find the most reliable sources of information and support during this uncertain time, Idea Exchange would like to share this essential resource list on the COVID-19 response in our region, our province, our country, and across the globe.
Support for Individuals and Families
Financial Assistance for individuals – Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – Access financial assistance from the Government of Canada to help with unemployment, quarantine, mortgages and other loans.
Q&A on the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) - This guide from the Government of Canada provides answers to frequently asked questions about the CERB.
Benefits, Credits and Support Payments - Canadian Revenue Agency - The Canadian Revenue Agency provides a guide to how COVID-19 support payments interact with filing taxes.
Individual Support and Benefits Chart - This helpful chart explains all the different types of support available to individuals through the government during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is created and maintained by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University.
Guide to Benefits for Canadians Affected by COVID-19, CBC - A useful interactive guide to federal and regional benefits for Canadians, created by the CBC.
Telehealth Ontario – A free confidential phone service for receiving non-emergency medical advice and health information from a Registered Nurse. Telehealth Ontario can provide guidance on a range of health concerns in English and French. Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000 Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007
COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool – A diagnostic tool from the Public Health Agency of Canada to help you assess your likelihood of having COVID-19 and provide recommendations regarding self-isolation and testing.
DIY Face Cloth Coverings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - An instructional guide on how to make your own cloth facial mask at home, along with guidelines for how to use simple masks and what they can do.
When and How to Use Masks, WHO – Video guides and information on when and how to use a face mask to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
Mental Health and COVID-19 – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Information and support for mental health during COVID-19, including tips for managing anxiety, dealing with loneliness and supporting young people.
Here 24/7 – Addictions Mental Health and Crisis Services, Waterloo - Wellington – Mental health and addictions support in Waterloo and Wellington regions. Initial contact via telephone helpline. 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247), TTY: 1-877-688-5501
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Waterloo – Wellington – Resiliency during the COVID-19 Outbreak – Activities, guides and other strategies for managing anxiety and family stress during the COVID-19 response.
Healthy Parenting in the Time of COVID-19, WHO – A helpful downloadable visual guide from the World Health Organization on ways to help children and support family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for Businesses and Organizations
Financial Assistance for Businesses – Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – Access financial assistance from the Government of Canada to help employers to keep staff and access credit
Guidance Documents – Public Health Agency of Canada, COVID-19 – A directory of public health guidance documents for business, community organizations and health workers compiled by the Public Health Agency to combat COVID-19.
City of Cambridge – Novel Coronavirus – Updates on city services and news releases through the City of Cambridge.
Region of Waterloo Public Health – Novel Coronavirus – Updates on public health measures and guidelines specific to people in the Waterloo Region. Tracking of new positive COVID-19 cases in the Waterloo Region is updated each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
Food Bank, Emergency Housing and Childcare – Region of Waterloo Public Health – Updates on community supports for facing COVID-19, including access to the Food Bank, emergency housing, washrooms, warming centres and emergency childcare for essential workers in the Waterloo Region.
The Waterloo Region Record - Coronavirus Crisis - The Record.com is offering free digital access to its local coronavirus coverage.
The Cambridge Times - The Times' digital content also provides substantial local coverage on the COVID-19 response in Cambridge.
Ontario Ministry of Health – COVID-19 - Updates on public measures and guidelines for the province of Ontario. This includes all news releases from the provincial government related to the virus and the most recent epidemiological information related to current cases in Ontario. Multilingual.
Ontario Government Projections for COVID-19 Spread in Ontario (CBC) - On April 3, the government of Ontario released projections for how the outbreak might evolve, including both best and worst-case scenarios for the province.
Ontario Government Announces Three-Phase Plan for Re-Opening Province (CBC) - On April 27, the government of Ontario released a three-phase plan for re-opening the province, with specific benchmarks to be met for each phase. No specific timelines or dates were given.
Ontario Government's Phase 3 Re-Opening Plan - On July 13th, the government of Ontario announced that the majority of the province would enter Phase 3 of re-opening the province, with the exception of the Greater Toronto Area and parts of southern Ontario, which remain in Phase 2.
Public Health Agency of Canada – COVID-19 – Updates on public health measures, guidelines and support available at the federal level for all Canadians. National epidemiological statistics on testing and confirmed cases are posted daily.
CBC Health - COVID-19 Data Primer - This guide from the CBC provides valuable context for the statistics we see on the COVID-19, making it easier to understand the charts and data circulating in the media.
Federal Government Projections for COVID-19 Spread in Canada (CBC) - On April 9, the Canadian government released its projections for how the outbreak might evolve, including both best and worst-case scenarios for the Canadian population.
World Health Organization (WHO) – COVID-19 – Updates on the international situation for COVID-19, including international media coverage, reports and online training on preparedness.
Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) – COVID-19 – Visual tools and infographics provided by the World Health Organization to provide shareable information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic for parents, community organizers and businesses. Multilingual.
Travel Advisories – Public Health Agency of Canada, COVID-19 – Updates on the status of travel advisories related to COVID-19 in Canada, as well as help for Canadian returning from abroad.