COVID-19 Guidance: Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care
Updated: November 2020 This guidance document provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. In the event of a conflict between this Guidance and a Directive of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Directive prevails. Highlights of changes: Clarification on testing: COVID-19 should be suspected in all pregnant women manifesting with an unexplained, persistent (on two occasions, 30 minutes apart) fever (>37.8) and testing for SARS-CoV2 should be performed. While testing should be considered for any febrile women in labour, if community prevalence remains low and an alternate cause of fever is clear, it is reasonable not to test (Bullet 10). Read full document here:
Operational guidance: COVID-19 management in schools
Find out what will happen if there is a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at a school. This document is intended to support school boards and school authorities in the safe reopening and operation of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This document also applies to child care centres and before and after school programs that operate within schools. In the event of a discrepancy between this guidance and a directive of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the directive prevails. The Ministry of Education is requesting that school boards work in collaboration with local public health units (PHUs) and other local health partners to ensure that schools can reopen and operate safely. The document COVID-19 Guidance: School Outbreak Management provides the direction for public health on the management of COVID-19 cases, contacts and outbreaks in schools and should be used in conjunction with the Public Health guidance document on the management of school outbreaks. While the focus of this guidance document is on the new health, safety and operational measures that are required in order to safely reopen and operate schools, please note that every effort should continue to be made to uphold the welcoming and caring environment that schools provide for children and families. Additional information is available on the provincial COVID-19 website, including resources to help stop the spread, sector-specific resources, including helpful posters, mental health resources and other information. If you have further questions or require clarification, please contact your Ministry of Education Regional Office. The Ministry of Education originally published this guidance in August 2020 and updated it in November 2020. Key updates: That local PHUs have a responsibility in determining when an individual or cohorts are dismissed, when schools are closed and when individuals or cohorts can return to school. However, in some instances, local PHUs may give discretion to principals to dismiss individuals or cohorts for self-isolation while awaiting results of the local public health investigation. Added guidance for boards on reporting COVID-19 absences in schools using the online reporting tool and outlining that boards need to report daily. Additional clarity is also provided stating that boards must report suspected cases to the local public health unit to support case management and contact tracing. Revised guidance around screening practices to clarify that screening prior to arrival at the school is necessary, and to encourage the use of the provincial screening tool. Added guidance on self-isolation periods to align with the Ministry of Health guidance on testing and clearance and updated guidance in the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool. Updated language to clarify that if a child develops symptoms and their self-screening indicates they should stay home but their siblings do not have symptoms, their siblings do not need to isolate until the child with symptoms tests positive for COVID-19. Addition of guidance around the continuity of learning and expectations that boards are prepared to pivot to remote learning when needed. This includes clarifying that boards are to support the transition to remote learning for siblings of students who have a confirmed case of COVID-19. Revised language around testing, stating that individuals should only consult a health care provider as needed. The previous language indicated individuals should seek testing even if showing mild symptoms. Clarified that medical notes and proof of a negative test are not required for an individual to return to school. Read more here:
COVID-19 Guidance: Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting
November 9, 2020 To minimize contact with persons who may have COVID-19 within health care settings, primary care providers are encouraged to continue to implement a system for virtual and/or telephone consultations, when and where possible and appropriate. This guide provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice. In the event of a conflict between this Guidance and a Directive of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Directive prevails Read full document here:
Youth Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention Program
The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 10th at 5 pm. Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of the Call for Applications for the Youth Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention Program (YVHTPP). YVHTPP will support community-based prevention initiatives that address the key factors putting youth (ages 12-29) and their communities at increased risk of violence and victimization, including human trafficking. YVHTPP prioritizes Black and Indigenous youth, and other youth populations that are particularly at risk of experiencing violence and victimization, including human trafficking. YVHTPP will provide a total of $5.2 million over three years from 2020-2023 and eligible applicants must be located in Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, the City of Toronto, or neighbouring Indigenous communities (see guidelines for details). Eligible organizations must be legal entities and can be: Not-for-profit corporations, including not-for-profit social enterprises and registered charities, or Indigenous communities (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities) located near YVHTPP target communities. If interested in applying for funding through this program, you can find the YVHTPP Call for Applications here: The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 10th at 5 pm. Learn more Note that there will be webinars taking place on Thursday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 24th, outlining the process to submit an application through Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON). For additional details about the application process and TPON, please visit You may also send questions about the program to the YVHTPP team at YVHTPP@ontario.ca. For additional funding opportunities available from the Ontario Government, click here:
Recall of certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks
Posting date: October 19, 2020 Quick Links: Chiefs of Ontario Health Sector COVID-19 Update: The knowledge contained in this update (Hand Sanitizers) is a synthesis of available material to date, from a variety of sources. Hand Sanitizers are for External Use Only and Precautions should be taken in their distribution at the community level. Read full update here: Click here for a full list of affected products: Hand Hygiene and Hand Sanitizers: The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for a range of supplies to combat this virus including hand sanitizers and disinfectants. Read more here: Summary Product: Hand sanitizers that may pose health risks. Issue: Certain hand sanitizers are being recalled because they either contain ingredients that are not permitted by Health Canada or are not properly labelled and are missing important information. What to do: Stop using the identified product lots below. Consult your health care professional if you have used any of these products and have health concerns. Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada. See the additional information on buying health products safely in the links below Issue Certain lots of hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they: contain ingredients that are not permitted by Health Canada; or are not properly labelled and are missing important information These products are listed in the table below. The table contains information about the reason for the recall including the use of unacceptable ingredients, and their associated risks. Health Canada will update this list if there are other affected products. Canadians are encouraged to consult the list regularly for updates. What you should do Stop using the products identified in the table. Follow municipal or regional guidelines on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste; or Return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal Contact the company if you would like more information about the recall Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns To help limit the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have been authorized for sale in Canada. Consult: the list of Health Canada-authorized hand sanitizers; and the list of hand sanitizers authorized or registered in other jurisdictions that may not display a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) but have been accepted for use in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada. Background The COVID-19 outbreak has created a high demand for hand sanitizers. To increase the supply, Health Canada has taken several measures, including permitting the temporary use of technical-grade ethanol in alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Manufacturers wishing to use technical-grade ethanol must choose from a list of Health Canada-authorized suppliers. They must receive a No Objection Letter from us before they can manufacture or distribute the product. Technical-grade ethanol contains more impurities than pharmaceutical- and food-grade ethanol. Therefore, manufacturers must include the following risk statements on their product labels: Under Medicinal Ingredients: "Ethanol XX% (technical-grade)" Under Directions: "Adults only" Under Warnings: "Do not use on broken or damaged skin," "Not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding" and "Do not inhale" Include a statement for consumers: "Report any incident to Health Canada" Under Questions: "Call 1-866-234-2345 to report any adverse reaction" Hand sanitizers that contain unacceptable grades of ethanol or denaturants that are not approved for sale in Canada have not been reviewed for safety or efficacy. Denaturants are added to ethanol to make it taste bad, to discourage the unintentional ingestion of hand sanitizers, especially by children. Two unauthorized denaturants have been found in hand sanitizers sold in Canada: Ethyl acetate: Frequent use of hand sanitizer containing ethyl acetate may cause dry skin, leading to irritation or cracking Methanol: Frequent use of hand sanitizer containing methanol may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches Affected products Certain hand sanitizers are being recalled because they either contain ingredients that are not permitted by Health Canada or are not properly labelled and are missing important information. Click here for a full list of affected products:
Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe
Difficult, but Necessary Decisions to Prevent and Stop the Spread of COVID-19 October 2, 2020 Office of the Premier
TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and public health experts, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures. At the same time, in response to the second wave of COVID-19 and in preparation for the cold winter months, the government is taking action to reduce testing turnaround times while prioritizing those who are at the greatest risk.
The announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Dirk Huyer, Coordinator of the Provincial Outbreak Response, and Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of Ontario Health. "The modeling we released this week demonstrates the absolute necessity to take action now to reverse current trends and protect our hospital capacity," said Premier Ford. "With the weather changing and more people moving indoors, the decision to introduce new restrictions on restaurants, gyms and other businesses was difficult. However, we will do whatever is necessary, acting on the advice of our public health experts, to turn the tide on this second wave and keep everyone safe." New Measures for Testing The government is taking additional steps to respond to the second wave of COVID-19 and prevent and stop the spread of the virus, while safely keeping schools and businesses open. These include: Transitioning to appointment-based testing at Ontario assessment centres beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020, providing certainty to patients as to when they can receive a test during the cold winter months and allowing assessment centres to conduct enhanced screening to ensure adherence to the guidelines released on September 24, 2020; Beginning on Sunday, October 4, 2020, assessment centres will discontinue walk-in testing services, so the province's lab network can make significant progress in processing tests and to allow assessment centres the necessary time to reset, deep clean and ensure preparedness for the new appointment-based model; Continuing mobile testing and pop-up testing centres to reach vulnerable populations and provide targeted testing for long-term care, congregate care, and other vulnerable populations; Expanding the number of pharmacies where people with no symptoms within provincial testing guidance can get tested; and Implementing updated testing guidance for children to help parents determine when it is most appropriate for students, children and their families to seek a test for COVID-19. Ontario is also taking longer-term actions to increase the province's test processing capacity so people can get their results faster, including: Increasing testing and processing capacity to 50,000 tests per day by mid-October and 68,000 tests per day by mid-November; and Introducing new testing methods once they are approved by Health Canada, including point of care testing and antigen testing. New Public Health Measures As the number of new cases continues to rise, the province is taking decisive action to prevent and stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns. These new restrictions were adopted through the amended order O. Reg 364/20 (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario [A Flexible Response to COVID-19] Act, 2020). They include mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions, including corrections and developmental services. Targeted measures will also be implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of their higher than average rates of transmission. These include: Setting an indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to the number of patrons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other patron, to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table, requiring operators to ensure patrons lining up or congregating outside of their establishment maintain physical distancing, and mandating that the name and contact information for each patron be collected; Restricting group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings to 10 individuals, as well as restricting the total number of people allowed at these facilities to a maximum of 50; and Setting a limit on the number of people allowed at meeting and event facilities, including banquet halls, to six people per table and 50 people per facility. "With Ontario's recent alarming growth in the number of COVID-19 cases, our government is taking further action to help stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns," said Minister Elliott. "These are difficult, but necessary decisions that are being made to keep people safe, especially our seniors and vulnerable citizens. Everyone must follow the public health guidelines if we are going to stop the spread and contain the second wave." This amended order will come into effect on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. In addition, the government is: Extending the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities, and organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open under O. Reg 364/20; Pausing social circles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household; and Finalizing additional guidance for seniors (70 and over) on how to minimize their risk of acquiring COVID-19, including for upcoming annual gatherings such as Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation across the province to advise if and when public health measures or restrictions should be adjusted or tightened. It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice, including everyday actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as practising physical distancing with those outside your household; wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; washing your hands frequently and thoroughly; and following gathering limits and rules. For additional protection, the Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID Alert app on their smart phone from the Apple and Google Play app stores. Quick Facts All booked appointments at assessment centres that take appointments will continue as scheduled. The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, to ensure the province’s health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. With a recent increase in cases of COVID-19, it remains vital for the government to continue to protect vulnerable populations and for each Ontarian to follow public health advice. As well, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) to October 22, 2020. Orders in effect under the ROA will allow the government to maintain the flexibility it needs to address the ongoing and emerging risks as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 24, 2020, the ROA came into force to ensure important measures remained in place after the provincial declared emergency came to an end. Under the ROA, orders can be extended for up to 30 days at a time. The government will continue to review all orders continued under the ROA and will report on order extensions to the Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight. Additional Resources New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province Get the facts from Public Health Ontario on how to protect yourself and others. Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only).
Guidance for meeting and event facilities during COVID-19
As of October 2, 2020, there are new public health and testing measures in Ontario. Learn what this means for you. Version 2 - October 3, 2020 This Approved Plan, effective as of October 3, 2020, has been updated to include revisions to align with requirements under O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 (including capacity restrictions, masking and screening). In addition, revisions have been made with respect to the use of hand dryers, HVAC systems as well the occupational health and safety section. The Approved Plan provides information for meeting and event facilities, including convention centres, hotels, motels and resorts, banquet halls and conference centres. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice. In the event of any conflict between this Approved Plan and any applicable legislation or orders or directives issued by the Minister of Health or the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), the legislation, order or directive prevails. Read more:
Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms
Version 7.0 – September 21, 2020. This document outlines the symptoms, signs, and clinical features which have been most commonly associated with COVID-19. This information is current as of September 21, 2020, and may be updated as the situation on COVID-19 continues to evolve. If there is a discrepancy between this list and other guidance, this list should be considered as the most up to date. When assessing for the symptoms below the focus should be on evaluating if they are new, worsening, or different from an individual’s baseline health status (usual state). Symptoms should not be chronic or related to other known causes or conditions (see examples below). Common symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever (temperature of 37.8°C/100.0°F or greater) Cough (that is new or worsening (e.g. continuous, more than usual if chronic cough) including croup (barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Shortness of breath (dyspnea, out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, wheeze, that is worse than usual if chronically short of breath) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., chronic heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include: Sore throat (painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., post nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux) Rhinorrhea (runny nose) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., returning inside from the cold, chronic sinusitis unchanged from baseline) Nasal congestion (stuffy nose) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., seasonal allergies) New olfactory or taste disorder (decrease or loss of smell or taste) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., nasal polyps, allergies, neurological disorders) Nausea and/or vomiting Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, chronic vestibular dysfunction) Diarrhea Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, side effect of medication) Abdominal pain that is persistent or ongoing Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., menstrual cramps, gastroesophageal reflux disease) Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in infants and children, older persons, and people living with a developmental disability. Atypical symptoms can include: Chills Headache that is new and persistent, unusual, unexplained, or long-lasting Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., tension-type headaches, chronic migraines) Conjunctivitis (pink eye) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., blepharitis, recurrent styes) Fatigue, lethargy, or malaise (general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness) that is unusual or unexplained Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction, anemia, malignancy) Myalgias (muscle aches and pain) that are unexplained, unusual, or long-lasting Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia) Decreased or lack of appetite For young children and not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., anxiety, constipation) Atypical signs should be based on an assessment by a Health Care Provider, should not be explained by other known causes or conditions, and can include: New or unusual exacerbation of chronic conditions (e.g. chronic lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) Tachycardia (fast heart rate), including age specific tachycardia for children Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., atrial fibrillation) Low blood pressure for age Hypoxia (i.e. oxygen saturation less than 92%) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) Difficulty feeding in infants Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g., gastroesophageal reflux disease, cleft palate) Delirium (acutely altered mental status and inattention) Not related to other known causes or conditions (urinary tract infection, substance-related such as alcohol withdrawal, medication-induced) Increased number of falls in older persons Acute functional decline (a sudden change in ability to function compared to baseline) Not related to other known causes or conditions (e.g. gradual decline over months due to a neurological disorder such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease) Clinical features of COVID-19 that can be diagnosed by a health care provider include: Clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents (MIS-C) less than 19 years old Information on this syndrome and its temporal association with COVID-19 is still emerging and may evolve over time. An assessment for MIS-C should be done by a Health Care Provider. Please see the World Health Organization (WHO) Case Definition or the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP) Case Definition for diagnostic criteria. The WHO MIS-C preliminary case definition: Persistent fever for 3 or more days AND two or more of the following: Rash or bilateral non-purulent conjunctivitis or muco-cutaneous inflammation signs (oral, hands, or feet). Hypotension or shock. Features of myocardial dysfunction, pericarditis, valvulitis, or coronary abnormalities (including ECHO findings or elevated Troponin/NT-proBNP), Evidence of coagulopathy (by prolonged PT, PTT, elevated d-Dimers). Acute gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain). AND Elevated markers of inflammation such as ESR, C-reactive protein, or procalcitonin. AND No other obvious microbial cause of inflammation, including bacterial sepsis, staphylococcal or streptococcal shock syndromes. AND Evidence of COVID-19 (RT-PCR, antigen test or serology positive), or likely contact with patients with COVID-19
Overview The Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional expenses incurred by persons with disabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic may include: paying higher costs for personal protective equipment hiring personal support workers and accessing other disability supports paying for increased costs for medical supplies and medication higher internet costs associated with physical distancing, and increased use of taxis and home delivery services to obtain groceries and prescriptions To ensure you get the support you need, we are extending the payment to additional beneficiaries of disability supports programs. Approximately 1.7 million Canadians will receive the one-time payment. This payment complements other emergency supports, such as the one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax Credit and the one-time payment to seniors. Eligibility Individuals who are eligible for the one-time payment: individuals who have an existing valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate persons who are eligible for the DTC and who apply for it by September 25, 2020 beneficiaries as at July 1, 2020 of either: Canada Pension Plan Disability Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension, or one of the following disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC): Disability Pension Disability Award Pain and Suffering Compensation Critical Injury Benefit Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program Income Replacement Benefit, and/or Canadian Forces Income Support Disability Tax Credit certificate Persons with disabilities who have a certificate that expired in 2019 should not wait until filing their 2020 tax return to put in an application. You must apply by September 25, 2020 to be considered for the one-time payment. While the number of DTC applications the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will receive by September 25, 2020 will increase, CRA aims to process your application within 8 weeks, 95% of the time. Seniors with disabilities who received the one-time seniors payment Seniors with disabilities, who were eligible for the one-time seniors payment announced on May 12, 2020, will also be eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities. If you are eligible for both payments, you will receive a total amount of $600 broken into 2 payments: if you received the $300 one-time seniors payment for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, you will receive an additional $300 if you received the $500 one-time seniors payment for both the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance, you will receive an additional $100 Payment You do not have to apply for the one-time payment, it will be automatically issued to: holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate, and beneficiaries as at July 1, 2020 of: Canada Pension Plan Disability Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension, or one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada If you are eligible but never applied for the Disability Tax Credit, or your certificate expired in 2019, you must do so by September 25, 2020. We expect to issue the payments beginning this fall. The payment information will be provided on this page once available. Delivery of the payment The one-time payment will be issued in the form of a cheque or direct deposit. It is important that you keep your information, such as address and direct deposit information, up to date. Recipients of payment for children with disabilities Parents of children with disabilities will receive the one-time payment For cases of shared custody, the payment will be split among care providers, like the Child Disability Benefit payment and the Canada Child Benefit Agencies and care providers of children in their care will receive the payment as per the Children’s Special Allowance Act. Contact us You can visit the COVID-19 benefits finder for more information on the Disability one-time payment or other benefits that you may qualify for. To confirm your eligibility or to ensure we have up to date address and banking information: Canada Pension Plan Disability Telephone: 1-800-277-9914 TTY: 1-800-255-4786 Disability Tax Credit Telephone: 1-800-959-8281 TTY: 1-800-665-0354 Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension Telephone: 1-800-463-5185 Veterans Affairs Canada Telephone: 1-866-522-2122 TTY: 1-800-567-5803 Online through My VAC Account secure messaging
Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities & organizations to support responses to COVID19
Government of Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities and organizations to support community-based responses to COVID-19 From: Indigenous Services Canada News release The Government of Canada recognizes that First Nation, Inuit and Métis are among the most at risk and face unique challenges in addressing COVID-19. It also recognizes that Indigenous leadership, governments and organizations are best placed to determine the needs of Indigenous Peoples and to develop community-based solutions that respond to these challenges. Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced an additional $305 million to support Indigenous Peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the Indigenous Community Support Fund. This fund can be used for a wide variety of measures such as supporting Elders and vulnerable community members, addressing food insecurity, educational and other supports for children, mental health assistance and emergency response services, preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and more. It will be distributed through a combination of allocations directly to First Nations, Inuit and Métis leadership, and needs-based funding, which will be application driven. This approach aligns with our commitment to support Indigenous leaders’ approaches to community wellness while providing the flexibility to respond to emerging needs, for example in response to an outbreak of COVID-19. This funding will be available to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, as well as Indigenous communities and organizations serving Indigenous peoples, including First Nations living off-reserve as well as Inuit and Métis living in urban centres, on an application basis. Further details will be forthcoming. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Indigenous leaders have the tools and support they need to implement the various aspects of their pandemic plans. The health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis remains the priority of the Department. The Indigenous Community Support Fund was first announced on March 18, and to date has allocated $380 million in funding to Indigenous communities and organizations. The funding in today’s announcement is in addition to what has already been committed through the fund and brings the total investments to date in the Indigenous Community Support Fund to $685 million. First Nations, Inuit and Métis also have access to all other measures provided through the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, and are encouraged to review financial supports that may be available to them.
To learn more and apply for the Indigenous Community Support Fund, click here: What is the Indigenous Community Support Fund? The Indigenous Community Support Fund was first announced on March 18, 2020 by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund originally included $305 million to address immediate needs in First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities but has since seen two funding increases, bringing the total investment to $685 million. This fund provides Indigenous leadership with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prepare for and react to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. A portion of these funds will be set aside for support to regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations. These funds could be used for measures including, but not limited to: support for Elders and vulnerable community members measures to address food insecurity educational and other support for children mental health assistance and emergency response services preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Who can access this funding? First Nations communities (including self-governing and modern treaty Nations) Inuit communities in Inuit Nunangat Métis governing members in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario Urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations How is funding accessed? The additional $305 million announced on August 12 will be distributed through a combination of allocations directly to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis leadership, and needs-based funding which will be application driven. On-reserve and self-governing First Nations communities will receive funding directly from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The amount provided to each community will be based on the following considerations: a base amount per community, the total population residing in community (based on 2016 Census population) and remoteness, and community wellbeing index scores. The funding will flow through existing agreements. Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or First Nations peoples off reserve will have an opportunity to submit a proposal for needs-based funding. Information on how to apply is forthcoming from ISC, updates can be found at On August 12, the Government of Canada announced an additional $305 million for the Indigenous Community Support Fund, read full release here: