COVID-19 Relief Resources

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Last updated: July 15, 2020

Personal Financial Support

Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund - Round 4

Writers' Trust of Canada

Relief funds available to published/self-published authors who have lost or will lost $1,500+ in income due to COVID-19. Round closes June 15.

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

Glad Day

This emergency survival fund supports LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers, as well as helps keep to Glad Day Book Shop open.

GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund


Mutual aid fund for Black folks in the GTA who, as a result of the pandemic, have lost income and are at a loss for how to fill their revenue sources, who now have unforeseen childcare costs, folks who have to find the money for children’s food now that schools are closed, artists, freelancers, and gig gig economy workers who have lost out on gigs, seniors and elders in our communities, disabled folks, folks who are facing daily challenges of capitalism and are living on or near the street.

Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund


CAMRF seeks to provide support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being affected by the pandemic. Their goal is to disburse $200 to each applicant – still in fundraising stage.

TOArtist COVID Response Fund

Toronto Arts Council

To assist Toronto artists in dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council are introducing the TOArtist COVID Response Fund. The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently suspended.

Summary of Wage, Salary and Income Options for COVID-19 Relief

Omer Riza / S&R Tax

Resources and information compiled by DMG accountant Omer Riza.

Toronto Trans Solidarity Network


The Toronto Trans Solidarity Network (TTSN) is a community fund and mutual aid network with the goal of providing some emergency help to trans folks in Toronto, so we can get through the next weeks and months of the COVID-19 crisis.

CERB application walk-through


A community-made visual guide to applying for the CERB.

Funding Body Information

Food Security Resources

Toronto Little Free Pantries


this group is erecting, stocking and inspiring others to build their own designated, raised wooden boxes to house non-perishable food items for members of the community struggling with food security right now.

Oasis Dufferin food programs

Oasis Dufferin

Takeout dinners on Tuesday evenings at 5:30; food bank open on Wednesdays

GTA Pop-Up Farmers Deliveries


Directory of vendors and farmers in the GTA making deliveries to residences or depots. Many offer online ordering.

Daily Bread Food Bank Food Programs by Location

Daily Bread Food Bank

Due to COVID19, a number of food banks are closed. Use this program locator to find your closest bank.

The 519 meal support program

The 519

Free takeaway meals 7 days a week on The 519 patio in front of FABARNAK Café: Monday to Friday: 1pm and 4pm and Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm.

The Stop emergency food access

The Stop

The Food Bank and takeaway meals are available at 1884 Davenport. The Food Bank will run Mondays and Fridays, 12pm-3pm and The Drop-in will serve takeaway meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9am-10am for breakfast, 12pm-1pm for lunch.

DMG Emergency Food Support Program

Dames Making Games

Dames Making Games is working to support community members in the GTA who are impacted by food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis with donations of meals with the support of our friends at Santo Pecado Mexican Catering and members’ generous donations.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

NRC IRAP Innovation Assistance Program (IAP)

National Research Council Canada

Twelve-week wage subsidy for small companies who are ineligible for funding under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Companies must be pursuing “technology-driven innovation.”

Ownr grants

RBC Ventures

$1,000 grants for new small businesses or individuals with an idea for a new business (Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia)

Digital Originals Micro innovation grants

Canada Council for the Arts / CBC

Grants up to $5k to either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application for Broken Pencil's COVID Zine Micro Grant

Broken Pencil Magazine

Broken Pencil is offering eight $400 grants for zine creators whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic.

CBC Creative Relief Fund


The unprecedented new CBC Creative Relief Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling. Note: Games/interactive projects will not be funded through this program.

Health and Social Support

Trans* Toolkits Initiative

During these times, it is more difficult than ever for marginalized people to access gender essential items. This Initiative is creating an opportunity for our trans* and queer community to support those among us most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sex Work & COVID-19 guidelines for workers, clients, third parties and allies

Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network and Maggie's Toronto

Downloadable guide to protective measures, hygiene, alternative arrangements and additional resources.

Emotional Self-Care literature

The 519

Downloadable resource library in multiple languages on understanding trauma, grounding techniques, consent, sexual violence, grief and coping.

Phone or email check-ins

The 519

A weekly phone call or email by a 519 staff member who will chat with you and check in on how you are doing, find out what services and programs you need and provide support, information and referrals to you. This is *not *a counseling or crisis line.

Covid-19: Free Tools for Managing Chronic Pain at Home


A free suite of tools to help you manage chronic pain and flare-ups during the global health crisis.

Reading & General Info

How to Choose and Wear a Mask During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Consumer Reports

Science hasn’t yet revealed all the answers to what makes a good reusable mask. Here’s what we know, and what to do.

Freebies and Discounts

Get a Temporary Digital Library Card with OverDrive

Toronto Public Library

Torontonians who don’t have a Toronto Public Library card can now access OverDrive, our largest collection of ebooks and audiobooks, with the new Instant Digital Card. This temporary card is available to people age 13 and older with a Toronto cell phone that can receive texts. New customers can enjoy this access until September 1, 2020.