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Rolling list of COVID-19 government supports

As we promised last time out (link), we’ve put together a list of some resources available to keep abreast of the evolving COVID-19 situation. Of course, the situation changes rapidly and governments are announcing additional supports daily. For example, the Prime Minister announced today (link) that the Government of Canada has developed a wage subsidy to assist businesses along with non-profits and charities in paying employees during this crisis. Once the details are on an official government page, we will add the link below.

We will endeavour to keep this site as up-to-date as possible, but if you know of a resources we’ve missed, please send us an email!

We think these resources will be helpful for anyone, but we’ve focused particularly on resources that will be helpful to non-profits and charities while we navigate these difficult waters.


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What it’s got
Government of Canada Coronavirus information  A great resource, including:

·        regular news and updates (links here and here)

·        clarification on non-profit eligibility for the wage subsidy (link here)

·        ways to mitigate personal risk (link here)

·         list of symptoms and treatment (link here)

·         travel advice (link here)

·         ways the government is supporting individuals and the economy (link here)

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan A series of supports for the Canadian economy, including:

·         Wage subsidies for small businesses (link here)

·         Canada Emergency Response Benefit (link here), for individuals and families facing unemployment or lost wages

·         Special GST credit payment (link here)

·         Extra time to file income tax returns (link here)

·         Mortgage support (link here)

·         Sickness benefits for people who have been quarantined or directed to self-isolate (link here)

Twitter account for Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Regular updates about the COVID-19 crisis and how we can all keep safe
YouTube Account for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau An archive of each of the Prime Minister’s news conferences about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government of Ontario COVID-19 information page A one-stop resource from the Ontario government, detailing the government’s response to COVID-19, including:

·         The government’s latest announcements (link here)

·         What is closed (link here)

·         Essential workplaces (link here)

·         Self-assessment tool (link here)

Government of Ontario financial response to COVID-19 The Government of Ontario released an economic statement on March 25th, detailing support for individuals and businesses, including:

·         Government support for people and businesses (link here)

·         Boosting the economy (link here)

YouTube Account for Premier Doug Ford An archive of each of the Premier’s news conferences about the Ontario response to COVID-19.
WHO Rolling updates on COVID_19 The World Health Organization’s regular updates on worldwide responses to COVID-19.

Some other sites worth exploring:

Dr. Jennifer Robson has compiled a list of resources, including contact information for government agencies: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lOJn7XS6ETIkbLRodYk681M_2dxkkQsc/view

Dr. Robson has asked that anyone posting this link on their website include the following message: “This website has been adapted from information compiled and published freely by Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University. You can read the original document here: https://t.co/m0dXFYIZwk?amp=1. Dr.Robson is not affiliated with this website or its publishers. Any errors or omissions in adapting Dr. Robson’s are the sole responsibility of Saint Agatha Research & Consulting.” We are grateful to Dr. Robson for making this list freely available.

Enterprise Canada, among many other agencies, is summarizing the daily updates as they apply in Ontario: https://enterprisecanada.com/covid-19/

The Maytree Foundation has some tips for non-profits as they adjust to the new normal: https://maytree.com/stories/five-good-ideas-how-your-non-profit-organization-can-respond-to-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Imagine Canada has developed a roundup of federal government resources: https://t.co/G1SdPwBdBe?amp=1

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is keeping up-to-date on resources relevant to its members: https://occ.ca/covid19/, as well as some mental health resources: https://occ.ca/covid19-mentalhealthresources/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=OntarioCofC

Ryerson University’s Leadership Lab, in partnership with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, has launched a portal for policy scholars to share information on policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: http://policyresponse.ca/?utm_source=Ryerson+Leadership+Lab&utm_campaign=139352b378-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_12_47_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5799ea9546-139352b378-31595743