COVID-19 UpdatesApril 21, 2020
OLIP is supporting its partners, stakeholders and the community during the COVID pandemic in the following four ways:
- accelerating information flow between partners;
- convening weekly meetings to mobilize and coordinate actions focused on mitigating the health risks facing immigrants and racialized populations;
- contributing to LASI’s Operational Table to retool settlement services during the pandemic, and to the City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force;
- collecting data and research in support of collaborative initiatives.
Below is a collection of useful information resources (some are available in multiple languages). More information will be added over time. Please circulate them widely within your communities.
Governments’ COVID-19 Updates
- Ottawa Public Health
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Canada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard
- Multilingual Resources for COVID-19
Ottawa Public Health’s webpage with various COVID-19 related information resources available in more than 30 languages. Resources include factsheets, infographics and posters sorted by language. More resources are available on the Ontario Government website.
- COVID-19 factsheet (available in multiple languages)
Public Health Agency of Canada’s guide on how to prepare yourself and practices to adopt to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Using Shared Laundry Facilities During COVID-19
This resource provides tips on how to handle the use of shared laundry machines during COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Support App and Self-Assessment Tool
This online tool helps you to assess your health situation and what to do next before calling your doctor or Telehealth Ontario.
Services & Programs
- City of Ottawa’s Support and Services Program
Various support and services programs residents can access during COVID-19. Services available include housing and emergency financial assistance.
- Buy Local campaign
The City of Ottawa has launched a campaign encouraging residents to buy local to support local businesses during COVID-19.
- City Of Ottawa’s Economic Support and Recovery
This webpage lists various economic measures put in place by the City of Ottawa to support individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ontario’s Action Plan to Combat COVID-19
The Ontario government has committed $17 billion to support the health care system, communities and economy during COVID-19.
- Ontario funding Support for Families
Families incurring costs to buy education materials for their children while schools are closed during COVID-19 are eligible to apply for the province’s financial support.
- Government of Ontario’s Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms
The Ontario government has announced it will hold the electricity prices to the off-pick rate of 10.1 cents per kilowatt-hour starting from March 25th.
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Support for Individuals and Businesses)
The federal government has put in place numerous programs to help individuals and businesses weather impacts of COVID-19.
Resources for Learning at Home
A variety of engaging and fun, high-quality resources are made available online so that students can continue to learn during this time of crisis.
School Boards’ Resources
- Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
- Ottawa Catholic School Board
- Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
- Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
- Algonquin College
- Open School (Quebec)
- Maison de la francophonie d’Ottawa (French)
- Ontario Coalition for Adult Learning
Mental Health Support
- Ottawa Public Health
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Distress Centre of Ottawa
- Kids Help Phone
- Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
- Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre
- Jewish Family Services
- Bounce Back Ontario
- Tel-Aide Outaouais (French)
- Changes to OHIP
The Government of Ontario has instructed all hospitals in the province to not deny anyone access to health services because they’re uninsured during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals are advised to bring this information with them to the hospital (take a screenshot or write the link on a piece of paper) in case some healthcare professionals are not aware of the changes.
- Ontario Calls on all Health Care Workers to Help Fight COVID-19
The Ontario Government has launched an online portal to match health care workers (including those trained abroad) with employers so they can assist in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.