Marit Stiles MPP, Davenport

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Resources and Supports

Find our what benefits and programs are available from the municipal, provincial and federal governments.

Government of Ontario: 

Find out what emergency supports are available from the provincial government here for individuals and businesses.

City of Toronto:  

Visit the City’s website for a comprehensive list of social supports and economic supports for business. 

A specific section on food access, including delivery options for seniors can be found here.

Government of Canada: 

The federal government’s Economic Response Plan website includes information on programs and supports for individuals and business.

You may also qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

These groups of local volunteers are connecting those who are able to help with those who need it in new and inspiring ways.

  • Davenport Mutual Aid Network:

This is a space meant for mutual aid, where people can take care of each other. We are here to share information, resources, support, & create strategies for taking care of each other in the short term, as well as strengthening our community networks for the long term.

www.davenportmutualaid.ca

 

  • Davenport Helps

A group gathering resources and offering support to those in need in the community, especially the immunocompromised and those with mobility issues. 

https://davenporthelps.ca/

  • West Neighbourhood House

West Neighbourhood House is coordinating a new Mutual Aid Network in the community and they’re looking for volunteers to help provide almost any kind of help that can be done from a safe physical distance! To get involved, call (416) 532-4828, email mutualaid@westnh.org or visit www.westnh.org/mutualaid to learn more and sign up. 

  • Regal Heights COVID-19 Help Group:

A group of Regal Heights Neighbours to give and receive support. For people who may need help with grocery shopping, wheeling out the garbage, or picking up medication, or who might just need a sympathetic listener on the phone.

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/592789477984497/ 

  • Dufferin Grove Support Network.  

The Dufferin Grove Support Network links volunteers with people in need of help: shopping, laundry, phone check-ins, books. 

English: Megan: 416-575-4253 or meganjeandavies@gmail.com 

Portuguese: Ana: 647-783-2853 and anagretakraljevic@gmail.com

 

Neighbourhood Pods:

Across Davenport, residents are setting up pods on their street or across a few blocks to help their neighbours.

  • Several active neighbourhood pods are listed here on this map
  • Brock Street, both sides Bloor to College. 
  • Bartlett Avenue, both sides, Bloor to Dupont
  • Brock between Bloor & Wallace
  • Westmoreland between Dupont & Hallam
  • Bartlett between Dupont & Bloor
  • Gladstone Avenue, both sides, Dupont to Hallam. 

 

If you want to get in touch local pod coordinators or start one of your own, please reach out to my office at 416-535-3158 or by email at MStiles-CO@ndp.on.ca and we’ll put you in touch.   

 

City-wide mutual aid groups:

 

  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ‘Neighbourhood Helper’ 

Muslim youth offering their services to help Canadians who need assistance with picking up groceries, filling prescriptions and providing overall moral support

https://www.helpingneighbours.com/ or 1.855.435.7811 

  • KOVAD-19:  Toronto Jewish Community Response to COVID-19 

A group for sharing and organizing Toronto Jewish Community resources (eg. food, babysitting, etc.) in response to COVID-19

https://www.facebook.com/groups/743607236164943/ 

 

  • Care-mongering Toronto - Arts / Live Events Industry 

 

A group, specific to arts workers, for sharing and organizing community in Toronto in response to COVID-19

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TOarts.caremongering/

 

  • Good Neighbour Project

 

A network of community members that are willing assist with delivering supplies and groceries to healthcare workers, those with disabilities, compromised immune systems, accessibility barriers, and the elderly, across the GTA.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/GoodNeighbourProject/

Local organisations providing special supports or services during COVID-19.

 

  • Abrigo Centre

 

The Abrigo Centre continues to provide its important counselling and support services in English and Portuguese, to youth, women, seniors and newcomers. Learn more here.

 

  • Working Women Community Centre

 

Working Women has compiled a list of available supports and services, available here.

Legal supports, workers rights information and more.

 

  • Community Legal Education Ontario Steps to Justice 

 

Provides legal information related to COVID-19, with a focus on housing, employment and family law

stepstojustice.ca/covid-19

 

  • Pro Bono Ontario 

 

Free legal assistance to low-income Ontarians via Free Legal Advice Hotline. Can advise on legal questions related to COVID-19 shutdown

Hours: 9:30-11:30am, and 1:00-3:30pm, Monday to Friday

www.probonoontario.org

Hotline: 1-855-255-7256

 

  • Worker’s Action Centre Hotline 

 

Providing advice for workers about their rights via phone, in numerous languages (including Spanish, Tamil, Mandarin, Somali, Turkish, Bengali, and Arabic) 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12pm-5pm

www.workersactioncentre.org 

Hotline: 416-531-0778, toll free: 1-855-531-0778

 

  • Legal Aid Ontario

 

Residents can check the Legal Aid website or phone them to find their local legal clinic.

Most provide advice around tenant rights, worker rights, income assistance, and immigration,

www.legalaid.on.ca 

Toll free phone: 1-800-668-8258

 

  • Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network 

 

A network of Ontario-based mental health professionals providing free mental health care to frontline workers

www.covid19therapists.com

 

  • Chalmers Chatbot 

 

Connects people to free services in the City of Toronto, including food, clothing, and shelter

www.chalmers.amplelabs.com

Community-led support funds providing emergency funding to those in need.

These resources were updated on April 16, 2020*

 

  • Glad Day Emergency Survival Fund

 

Emergency fund for LGTBQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers. 

Accepting applications and donations

www.gladdaylit.ca

 

  • Canadian Artist + Musician Relief Fund 

 

Weekly financial support for low-income GTA artists and musicians whose livelihoods are affected by COVID

Temporarily closed to new applications, accepting donations

www.artistrelieffund.org

 

  • Actors Fund of Canada 

 

Emergency support for anyone working in the entertainment industry 

Accepting applications

www.afchelps.ca/get-help

 

  • Format Photographer Relief Fund

 

Assistance of up to $500 per person to self-employed photographers facing financial hardship. 

Accepting applications and donations

www.format.com/photographer-fund

 

  • Unison Benevolent Fund

 

Provides emergency financial support to music industry professionals in times of crisis.

www.unisonfund.ca/services/financial-assistance

1-855-986-4766

 

  • #COVID19 Sex Worker Emergency Support Fund!

 

Ensuring sex workers traditionally excluded from other relief efforts have access to resources. 

Temporarily closed to new applications. Accepting donations

www.maggiesTO.org/covid19

 

  • GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund

 

For Black folks in the FTA who need extra support during these times

Temporarily closed to new applications, accepting donations

www.gofundme.co/f/black-emergency-support-fund

 

Distress centres and hotlines for those needed support in a crisis.

 

If you are in immediate danger, dial 911

  • Distress Centre of Greater Toronto 

 

24/7 emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention. Translation is available in many languages for crisis calls.

Call: 416-408-4357, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Text: 45645 between 4pm and midnight

 

  • Kids Help Phone

 

24/7, national support service offering professional counselling, confidential information, referrals, and text-based support to young people

Call: 1-800-668-6969 or text CONNECT to 686868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

  • Gerstein Crisis Centre

 

24-hour community-based crisis services for adults 16+ who are dealing with mental health, concurrent, or substance use issues and are currently in crisis.

Telephone crisis line, mobile crisis team, community-based crisis beds, short term follow-up support, and referrals to other services.

Call 416-929-5200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Translation in many languages is available. 

 

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline 

 

24/7 crisis counselling hotline for women facing or who have experienced abuse. Provides counselling, emotional support, information, and referrals

Crisis Line: 416-863-0511

TTY: 416-364-8762

Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511

Toll-free TTY: 1-866-7868

 

  • Senior Safety Line (SSL)

 

Support for older adults who are being abused or at-risk of abuse. Family members and service providers can also call for information about community services.

1-866-299-1011

 

City-wide organisations that are looking for volunteer support.

In addition to starting or joining a neighbourhood pod or mutual aid group or network, there are many other ways to help out at this difficult time. 

  • Spark Ontario and Volunteer Toronto are coordinating connections between  organizations that need support and volunteers available to help out (including supporting remotely). Sign up at sparkontario.ca and volunteertoronto.ca
  • Canadian Blood Services are looking for donors to avoid shortages due to social distancing.
  • Kids Help Phone is looking for volunteers to staff their crisis text line.
  • Chinese Canadian National Council is seeking volunteers for their mutual aid program, to support immigrant workers struggling with the effects of COVID19
  • UofT Moriarty Lab is looking for scientists, Senior PhD students, and Post-Doctoral Fellows to volunteer for COVID-19-related research. Also looking for those willing to fill gaps anywhere whether scientific or non-scientific.
  • Toronto Bike Brigade - A group of volunteers on bikes ready to deliver supplies and friendship to vulnerable people on behalf of community organizations or individuals in need. 
  • This collaborative community document lists many more Toronto-based groups, initiatives, and ideas for how we can support each other in this difficult time.