Government Response


Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Government of Canada
Go here for the latest information about the support the federal government is offering to individuals and businesses.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit Government of Canada
Information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, who is eligible and how to apply.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - Government of Canada
A detailed breakdown of who is eligible for the temporary wage subsidy, how to apply and more.

Explainer- Government COVID-19 Benefits - Adrienne Smith Law
An article that explains what benefits are available to you depending on your health status, and whether you are a worker.

Carleton prof creates plain-language guide for getting government aid
A Carleton University professor has created a plain language guide to help those trying to access government programs in the time of coronavirus.


Provincial Support and Information
Information on B.C.’s COVID Action Plan, including updates on child care, education, employment, business, housing & tenancy, transportation, travel & tourism, mental health and the MSP.

BC COVID-19 Support App and Self-Assessment Tool
The B.C. Government has launched a COVID-19 support app to provide the latest information. It also features a COVID-19 self assessment tool. Available online and through the Apple Store and Google Play.

BC Housing COVID-19
Information on how BC Housing is responding to the crisis, including information on the BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program and ban on evictions.

Here's some of the financial help available in B.C. during the COVID-19 crisis CBC
Emergency resources and funding available in BC during the COVID-19 crisis. The list will be updated as more funds and programs become available.

Public Health & Government News Bowinn Ma
A summary of current public health orders and official government announcements, boiled down into one list to help navigate the sea of new information out there.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) need to know City of Vancouver
Information for Vancouverites including recent updates and available resources.

CityWatch Canada
An interactive platform that tracks emergency response measures put in place by local governments across Canada, updated daily.

Give a Hand City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver has launched a new initiative to accept offers of products and services from businesses to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and support those affected.

Grassroots Response

Hi Neighbour Initiative - United Way
United Way Hi Neighbour postcards are being distributed in various neighbourhoods so seniors, those with mobility challenges and others in need can then call or text their neighbour for help. Or simply to hear a friendly voice in these uncertain times.

Mobilizing Local Love - United Way of the Lower Mainland
Solidarity and Resource Exchange on the Coast Salish Lands. Find support. Offer support.

COVID-19 Coming Together
A Facebook Group created by community members for all of us in the Greater Vancouver area to come together, connect, and support each other in this critical time. Now includes a website and app!

Call-in line Atira Women's Resource Society
Need help or someone to talk to? Atira has set up a call-in line for women who need support during this difficult time - 604-800-8881

COVID-19 Organizing Efforts Hua Foundation
A living document with status updates on the COVID-19 related projects that hua foundation and their affiliated networks are working on.

Bc211 United Way
Simply dial 211 for information and referrals regarding community, government and social services in BC.
Solidarity and Resource Exchange on the Coast Salish Lands. Find support. Offer support.

Neighbourhood Helper
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has launched a nationwide campaign called "Neighbourhood Helper" to provide assistance to Canadians with picking up groceries, filling prescriptions and providing overall moral support.

A platform for community support that allows you to connect with neighbours, get help with things like running errands, child care, pet care and also provide help to others.

Connects community residents in the Downtown Eastside to nearby resources.

How to create a neighbourhood pod
Neighbourhood pods are one way people are connecting to make sure everyone’s needs are met by grabbing food, medication, or anything else that might put those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission at risk.

BC Cancer Agency COVID-19 Response Fund
Provides critical funds for BC Cancer Agency patients and caregivers at this challenging time.

Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19
Fundraiser for a low-barrier, emergency, micro-grant program for Black people in the Metro-Vancouver, and more broadly, the British Columbia area.

Grandview Woodlands Food Connection
A group that is working to get groceries out to people who need them around their East Vancouver community.

CityShare Canada
A crowdsourced site that aggregates the smart and imaginative responses that groups, organizations, neighbourhoods and residents are coming up with across the country.

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Resources
A list of updates and resources for the downtown community.

Organizations working with Vulnerable Populations

Downtown Eastside Response Fund
To deal with the COVID-19 outbreak and address the needs of Vancouver’s most vulnerable, the Downtown Eastside Response Group has started a collective fund to help the 15,000 people who live in the area. 

Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Greater Vancouver Food Bank has issued an urgent call for donations, volunteers due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Map of emergency resources operating in the Downtown Eastside
This google map of emergency resources operating in the Downtown Eastide includes handwashing stations, food, supervised consumption sites. A living document that will evolve.

#COVIDdisability: Disability-Related Resources for Families CACL 
Disability-related resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic committed to ensuring people with intellectual disabilities and their families have access to important information that is accessible.

Community Response Fund
Vancity, the Vancouver Foundation, the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the City of Vancouver have launched a fund to deploy relief to organizations that provide frontline services to people and organizations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House is looking for volunteers and donations to support low-income communities.

Meals on Wheels - Vancouver and Richmond
Volunteer or donate to help Meals on Wheels deliver food and friendly visits to seniors, caregivers, individuals with medical condition and those recovering from surgery, illness and injury.

COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources CDPC
As two public health crises collide, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition is gathering guidance on best practices for people who use drugs and healthcare providers.

Chinatown Care Packages Hua Foundation
Chinatown Cares gets groceries out to senior citizens and at-risk community members in the Chinatown and Strathcona community in the face of COVID-19.

Sex Worker Relief Fund Pace
Help support PACE Society’s Sex Worker Relief Fund which will distribute critical financial relief to sex workers in Metro Vancouver based on need and social marginalization.

COVID-19 Resources for Seniors SFU
SFU’s STAR Institute compiled a list of technologies and resources to help older adults stay connected and healthy.

Megaphone Magazine - Electronic Issue
Consider buying an electronic version of Megaphone Magazine ($2) to support your local vendor at a time when their business is hurt by social distancing.
With the support of the Government of Canada, has a new funding program to help local community organizations from across the country to ensure food makes its way to those who need it most.

Support for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Gift cards to support small businesses
One concrete way you can support small businesses is by purchasing gift certificates now to use later.

Resources for not-for-profits during COVID-19 - Vantage Point
List of resources for not-for-profits and how to manage health emergencies in a working environment.

The Small Nonprofit Podcast Charity Village
Down-to-earth, practical advice on how to get things done in your small organization.

Learning Centre Charity Village
Thousands of free articles on everything to do with operating a non-profit.

Resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19
Resources about rent supplements, mental health support and emergency benefits to help prepare small businesses to get through this challenging time.

Resources for Canadian Fundraisers Imagine Canada
A list of updates, resources and guides for Canadian Fundraiser.

Help us help local businesses so we can all get through the pandemic together - Gotmycity
How does it work? Businesses register themselves and a way they can still accept patronage (gift cards, home delivery, etc.) and we help them stay in business by taking advantage of these options!

A Grand Uproar Save the Small
A resource for people looking for local small businesses to support, as well as helping small businesses compete and survive against online giants like Amazon, now and in the future.

Support for Arts and Culture

COVID-19 FAQs for Arts and Culture Grant Recipients & Applicants BC Arts Council
BC Arts Council have made significant updates to their policies and programs to support B.C.’s arts and culture sector including artists, creative workers, staff, volunteers, patrons, as well as audience members and participants.

COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Creatives: A Giant List of Helpful Links for Artists - Booooooom
A list of helpful links for all you creative people working from home and/or looking for work, grants, resources.

Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns - CBC
A list of resources for artists that will help them financially, mentally or just to improve their own skills.

Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund
Emergency funding for Canadian writers facing lost income because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada provide $100,000 to support Canadian performers impacted by COVID-19
Support for online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Impact Support - Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance
The GVPTA is measuring financial and other impacts on artists and arts organizations. Inclusive of all sectors.

Showcase BC Grant Program - Creative BC
The Showcase BC program provides immediate support to BC musicians who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arts Infrastructure Program - BC Arts Council
BC Arts Council will administer a new $2-million Arts Infrastructure Program. The program will provide grants of up to $7,500 for improving arts and culture spaces, including acquisitions or renovations, or $40,000 for purchasing special equipment for arts programming to arts and cultural organizations, including Indigenous groups.

Support for Higher Education

COVID-19: updates for Canada’s universities UA
Regular updates on the situation facing Canada’s universities including information for international students, emergency student funding and more.

Support for students; COVID-19 resources SFU
Information and resources for SFU students including about withdrawal deadlines, P & F grades, study permits, immigration issues, co-op and more.

All in this together - COVID-19 Response, supporting students and sharing resources SFU
A list of resources, advice and response and informations about SFU Urgent Response Fund that helps students to quickly access funds for day-to-day living expenses, flights to reunite with their families, access to technology to complete their work, and more.

Support for Media

There's new funding to support coronvirus coverage in Canada for freelancers and local newsrooms - Lindsay Sample, The Discourse
The Independent News Challenge is partnering with the Facebook Journalism Project to provide funds and support to freelancers and local news organizations in the Canada covering the coronavirus. 

Fighting Disinformation through Strengthened Media and Citizen Preparedness in Canada - Journalists for Human Rights
A resource for journalists and people on best practices of combating disinformation, exposing deliberate manipulation of public opinion on social media, digital and news literacy skills and more.

Support for Researchers

Immediate free access to research: The scholarly response to COVID-19 - SFU Library
Several academic publishers have made research that would ordinarily be paywalled free to access

Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public - UT
JSTOR has ebooks and journals available without the need for a login.