Canada's COVID-19 Economic Resource Plan website is the landing page for all of the government's information and resources.
Not sure if you or your business qualify, click here.
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
Find out more information on applying and eligibility visit their website. The visual below informs you of the best days to apply to avoid long waits.
April 6, 2020: The Prime Minister announced that The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has established the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) in partnership with the Government of Canada to help the business community prepare, persevere and, ultimately, prosper in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian Human Rights Commission Statement - Racism in response to COVID-19 harms us all
April 8, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission
Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early 2020, there has been a rise in racism in Canada and around the world. In light of this disturbing trend, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission issues the following statement:
“The Canadian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned by the rise of racism across Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...
April 29, 2020 - Excerpt from message to organization with Viceregal Patronage.
Wherever you are and whatever you do, you are facing a historic and unprecedented challenge alongside people and organizations from around the world. And you are tackling it head-on.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything and it is affecting every aspect of our society. This invisible enemy is scary and strong, and it has forced us to change the way we live. It calls on each of us to sacrifice our freedom of movement and to accept demanding conditions. In many cases, at great cost.
To defeat the virus, it requires all of us to do our part. Every single one of us. No doubt you are already doing all you can. But what more can we do?
Let's encourage: Continue to support everyone helping Canadians during the pandemic. The office of the governor general is proud to play a part in raising awareness and giving thanks. Please lend your voice too.
Let's amplify: We can reach out to Canadians by relaying official information and instructions. I invite you to visit www.gg.ca and to share our content, particularly how organizations are making a difference in our communities.
Let's be grateful: One cannot choose when hardship comes, but one can choose how to respond to it in times of crisis. Please visit Caring Nation, our new online forum, to contribute stories of solidarity and compassion from all over the country.
We are now steadfastly staying the course. It will take time, but when we return to brighter days, we will look back on these challenging times and realize that because we all did our part, we emerged stronger as a nation. Our collective resilience will lead to our collective victory.
In the meantime, as we hold the line, let us focus not on what we cannot control, but on the news that give us hope.
We are all part of the fight against COVID-19.
Signal for Help Campaign Launches to Help People Experiencing Gender-Based Violence During Home Isolation
"Home isolation is fueling a rise in gender-based violence cases around the world. Devices are constantly monitored and checked by abusive partners, making it dangerous to text or call for help. Those who are at risk of violence at home, need a way to signal that they need help, without being overheard and without leaving a digital trace. During this time we have all seen an increase in video calls..." ~ Source
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"Our objective of this plan is to unite the efforts of BPW Affiliates across the world and share the experiences and successful projects and activities done by BPW Affiliates to support our members facing the devastating effects of COVID 19. And advocate for policies to empower the women who are suffering from the brunt of this pandemic COVID 19. And to share the policies and the incentives done by the countries to support the women and girls at different levels and in different sectors."
- COVID-19: Emerging gender data and why it matters - regular updates
- COVID-19: Gender Update - UN Women's In Focus - regular updates
- The COVID-19 Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the World of Work - A Call to Action for the Private Sector - Women's Empowerment Principles/UN Women - May 2020
- Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on women - April 9, 2020
- Voices from the front lines of COVID-19 - April 6, 2020
- Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic: Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women - April 6, 2020
- COVID-19 and ending violence against women and girls - April 2020
- Gender equality starts with you: Nine ways you can keep up your activism from your couch - March 30, 2020