It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the way we live our lives. The Canadian AIDS Society wishes to thank all the essential workers (including frontline workers and organizations) that continue to provide essential services in a time of great uncertainty.
Below are some resources that may be useful to you in getting support during this pandemic. Please remember when looking for resources to only trust official institutions such as governmental links (including the Public Health Agency of Canada) and the World Health Organization.
If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, please go to the Government of Canada’s website to use their COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool.
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. You can apply for CERB here.
|People living with HIV||UNAIDS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Ontario HIV Treatment Network
|Indigenous communities||Government of Canada|
|Resources available in other languages||BC Centre for Disease Control|
|Parents||Government of Canada|
|People living with a disability||Rick Hansen Foundation|
|People who use drugs||International Network of People who Use Drugs|
Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance (specific to gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men)
|Sex workers||Maggie's and Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network)|
|People experiencing domestic violence||Ending Violence Association of Canada|
|Students||Government of Canada|
Mental health resources
If you work at an organization that has been affected by COVID-19 that suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in April and May, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which covers up to 75% of employees’ wages from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Apply for CEWS here.
You can also apply for a loan of up to $40,000 from the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). For more information, visit the CEBA website.
For assistance with rent for small businesses, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance. Information on how to apply will be released soon, so we recommend monitoring this page from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and reaching out to your landlords.
If you are a non-profit organization that delivers essential services to those in need, you may be eligible for the Emergency Community Support Fund. For more information, visit this page from the Government of Canada.
Lastly, Imagine Canada is a great resource for news and resources for charities and non-profit organizations during COVID-19.