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The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Find below the summary of those measures and links to apply.





Helping vulnerable Canadians

Government of Canada invested $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need.

Improving access to essential food support

Government of Canada is providing $100 million to national, regional, and local organizations across Canada to:

  • Purchase, transport and distribute food and other basic necessities

  • hire temporary help to fill volunteer shortages

  • implement safety measures, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among volunteers and clients.

Supporting the delivery of items and personal outreach

Government of Canada is contributing $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals' needs and connect them to community supports.

Providing immediate and essential services to seniors

Government of Canada is expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of $20 million to support organizations that offer community-based projects that reduce isolation, improve the quality of life of seniors, and help them maintain a social support network.

For all organizations who received funding under the 2019-2020 New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based stream, funding can be used to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19.

Supporting people experiencing homelessness

Government of Canada is continuing to support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak by providing $157.5 million to the Reaching Home initiative.

The funding can be used by recipients for a range of needs such as purchasing beds and physical barriers for social distancing and securing accommodation to reduce overcrowding in shelters.

Supporting women and children fleeing violence

Government of Canada provided support to women's shelters and sexual assault centres, including facilities in Indigenous communities, to help manage and prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in their facilities.

Over 500 organizations across Canada received support to protect some of Canada’s most vulnerable.

Providing youth with mental health support

Government of Canada is giving $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone to provide young people with the mental health support they need during this difficult time.

Supporting public health efforts through the Canadian Red Cross

Government of Canada is providing $100 million to the Canadian Red Cross to enhance their response capacity and to support public health efforts. With this funding, the Red Cross will:

  • Recruit and train volunteers and staff

  • Adapt its operations to the COVID-19 context

  • Support quarantine and isolation sites

  • Acquire personal protective equipment for its personnel and volunteers

  • Provide training to the health care sector and other essential workers on using personal protective equipment, and maintaining infection prevention and control measures within facilities

  • Expand their roster of public health and infection prevention and control specialists

  • Procure and deploy, as necessary, emergency health supplies and equipment, including a mobile field hospital, to prepare for future waves and outbreaks of COVID-19

Providing resources to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs

A new investment of $15 million in 2020-21 will provide community organizations with resources to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs in response to COVID-19, including by helping employers set up accessible and effective work-from-home arrangements. This support will also cover expanding accessible online training opportunities and helping connect Canadians with disabilities working from home with employers.

Investing in projects through the Accessible Technology Program

Government of Canada is investing $1.18 million in five new projects across the country through the Accessible Technology Program. With this funding, organizations will develop dynamic and affordable technology, such as accessible payment terminals for retailers and tools to make communication easier for Canadians with disabilities in the digital economy.

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