The Community Legal Clinic of York Region is collecting resources available to people in York Region to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. This list may not be complete, if you know of a resource in York Region that is not listed below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has compiled a broad range of resources for workers, renters and survivors of domestic violence. Visit https://www.policyalternatives.ca/workersrenters for more.
CBC News has produced a tutorial in finding and applying for benefits, visit https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/coronavirusbenefits/.
To access Federal relief programs, including Canada Emergency Response Benefit, visit https://www.canada.ca
Ontario has made Emergency Assistance easier to get. This program is administered through Ontario Works, but is open to all Ontarians, for more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-emergency-assistance. If you receive social assistance, check with your case worker and visit https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/ow/.
The Ontario Energy Board has set all electricity prices to the ‘off-peak’ price, extended the time for electricity disconnection to July 31, 2020, and are continuing with their normal programs for low-income customers. For more information, visit https://www.oeb.ca
Hydro One is providing some relief to its customers, including a Pandemic Relief Fund. See https://www.hydroone.com for details. Check with your local utility for similar programs.
If you are uninsured, Ontario Ministry of Health has expanded health care coverage for you during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Health Network for Uninsured Clients has developed a guide to access this coverage https://bit.ly/2vXZ6hv.
If you have concerns about how your workplace is handling COVID-19, you could consult this document on COVID19 Workplace Concerns (pdf) by the Workers Health and Safety Legal Clinic.
For information about York Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres, please see https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/infectiousdiseasesandprevention/covid19/
Mental Health Support
If you are in crisis in York Region you can call 310-COPE at 1-855-310-2673 or (TTY) at 1-866-323-7785. For more information, visit https://www.yssn.ca/310-COPE
The Centre for Additions and Mental health provides tips for managing your mental health through the pandemic: https://www.camh.ca/
Bounce Back is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Call (905) 241-5491/ 1-866-345-0224 or visit bouncebackontario.ca.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support programs to people across Ontario, and their families, who are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Call 1-866-363-6663.
The Lance Krasman Memorial Centre for Community Mental Health runs a number of programs including the Warm Line and Peer Crisis Support. Call 1-888-777-0979 or visit krasmancentre.com/programs/warm-line.
Canada Suicide Prevention Services provides crisis support. Call, 1-833-456-4566. or visit www.crisisservicescanada.ca.
Steps to Justice provides practical answers to the important questions that people are asking about the law relating to the COVID-19 situation. They also share updates about changes to government programs and court services. Visit https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19.