All of PHAC's COVID-19 resources can be found at this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services
The Ontario Ministry of Health has developed an information sheet about COVID-19 to inform Ontarians about the virus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they think they have contracted the virus. The information sheet is available in multiple languages. https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-16
The Ontario Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can apply online here: https://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/FamilyAppWeb/public/index.xhtml
Mental health and phone supports
There are mental health and access online or by phone. These services will support children, youth and adults who:
- Experience anxiety, stress and other mental health challenges; and
- Can’t access their regular in-person counselling supports.
CAMH has created a toolkit designed to provide a snapshot of essential information, tools, resources and examples of promising practices that can be integrated into the daily work of settlement across Canada.
Toronto Public Library Resources:
Even with all libraries closed during this time, anyone who lives or works in Toronto and has a phone with a Toronto area code (416, 647 or 437) can get a free digital Library Card online in order to access services. https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/digital-services/2020/04/digital-library-card-tpl2020.html
Lynda: Over 3,500 video tutorial courses led by experts on web design, software development, photography, business skills, home and small office, project management, 3D + Animation, graphic design audio, music, video editing and more. https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0187&R=EDB0187
Kanopy: Classic films, world cinema, documentaries and popular movies available for on-demand streaming.https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0198&R=EDB0198
Things to do Online:
Refugee sponsorship is a hands on activity, but during this time as we all try and limit contact from each other, you may be looking for activities to recommend. Here are a few:
Royal Ontario Museum
More than 45,000 of the ROM's objects can be viewed on its website rather than in-person.
Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO's entire collection is also available online , including some special exhibitions.
Bata Shoe Museum
Bata's shoes can be viewed up-close and in 3-D in its All About Shoes online exhibit.
The Virtual Museum of Canada
Offers more than 600 virtual exhibits and nearly one million images to explore.
offers a Learn at Home Program for kids.https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
The Daily 20 Program offers family-friendly daily home workouts.https://fast.wistia.net/embed/channel/5jehdru8mr
Live Animal and Places Cams:
Jelly Fish Cam
Sea Otter Cam
Penguin Fish Cam
Niagara Falls Cam
Things to do for Kids Online:
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
You will find tips for budgeting, at home learning, sample activities, mental health support and so much more!: https://www.hollandbloorview.ca/our-services/family-workshops-resources/covid-19-tip-sheets-and-resources
Penguin Book Readings
Everyday at 11:15 am (and recorded if you miss it) a picture book reading on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/penguinkidsbooks/
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19
A new storybook that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations and is available in 9 languages, including Arabic. https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/my-hero-you
Learn at home - Onatrio
Find supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home, including information in other languages (PDFs): https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home#section-6