We know there’s a lot to adjust to when settling into a new community. The impact of COVID 19 adds another challenge. Below are some links to resources you might find useful during this time. If you would like to see links to specific resources, please let us know. Just fill out the form on our Contact Us page.

 

Education

Government of Ontario learning at home guidelines. Click here.

Your children aren’t in school right now but homework help is still available. Check out this website.

Practising your English at home: https://clb-osa.ca/home

The Ottawa Library has a great resource of online learning tools as well as tools for entertainment and news. https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en

Food

Ottawa Food Bank 613-745-7001

  • They are requesting all clients book appointments before going. You can also call your local food bank. Find your local food bank here: https://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/get-help/.
  • If clients are in need of emergency support and are not able to leave their homes, they can contact the Emergency Food Banks that will serve anyone no matter what they live. You must call and they may be able to have the food delivered to their homes.
    – Care Centre – Bethel: 613-693-0890 
    – Salvation Army – Booth Centre: 613-241-1573 
  • All food banks are short staff and they recommend calling 211 for those clients who have language barriers to get interpretation assistance. You can also call CCI at 613-232-9634.
  • They are also aware 2 that food banks are not open currently: St. Joe’s Supper Table and the Rideau/Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

Good Companions (Meals on Wheels)
613-236-0428
thegoodcompanions.ca
You can also contact The Good Companions for urgent transportation to appointments.

Food delivery: A new initiative in Ottawa to provide crisis relief food delivery for seniors and vulnerable populations called Operation Ramzieh has been established. They are providing food kits, free of cost. Each free crisis kit is estimated to include the following: granola bars, rice, spaghetti, tomato sauce, a protein (i.e. corned beef), milk, cereal, bread, beans, vegetable soup, carrots, potatoes, fruit, toilet paper. You can register to receive food here.

Shopping Safely: Watch this CBC video on Instagram about how to shop safely. https://www.instagram.com/tv/B96oa4QJS5A/?igshid=1hwnmcddo5zm3

Support from the Muslim community: The Ottawa-Gatineau Muslim community has prepared a team of drivers, volunteers, and counsellors who can help you with the following: picking up food and supplies, picking up medication, providing over-the-phone counselling sessions. This support is available to members of all faiths, cultures, and communities who are vulnerable or isolated. To contact our team, call the following numbers: 819-576-4966 Malika; 613-255-0870 Lubna; 613-260-0339, Suhana; 819-701-3030 Mariam

Ottawa Police

You can find the website of the Ottawa Police Service here.

Youth Service

Are you looking for some quick resources to help your children? Click here.

Coding activities for kids. Register here.

Employment

EI Benefits

Service Canada is the place to apply for EI benefits. Find them here. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

Articles about EI benefits

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits. (CBC News) Click here.

Applying for benefits: Huffington Post Canada. Click here.

Jobs

CLV Group/InterRent’s first Virtual Job Fair!: CLV is looking for cleaners to join its Ottawa team in Ottawa. Full-time hours, Very little experience needed. CLV is willing to train. They have two different location available: Ottawa East and Ottawa West. For those interested in the East end location, having a vehicle would be an asset as there are various buildings that would require someone more mobile. The hiring person will be available on March 25th and March 27th from noon to 4 p.m. for a virtual job fair. Interested Candidates can register through the links below. These are 10-minute interviews. Individuals who are interested must book a time slot. Email address and resume will be needed.  Register here: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CLVGroupVirtualJobFairOttawaMontreal@rentclv.com/bookings/

Costco is looking for temporary workers. Please contact John or Ana who can help you apply for one of these jobs. john@cciottawa.ca or ana.lopez@cciottawa.ca

Farm Boy is also looking for temporary workers. Please contact Ana or John for assistance.

Massine’s Your Independent Grocer at 296 Bank St is filling these two positions. Cashier- Part-time (must be able to work Saturday or Sunday) $14:Main duties include ringing up sales, bagging items, requesting price checks, honoring coupons, collecting payment and giving appropriate change. Responsible for counting the contents of cash register drawer at the end of each shift, maintaining receipts, records and withdrawals.Shelf Stocker (must be able to work Saturday or Sunday) $14:The main duties of a grocery stocker is to keep the grocery store shelves neat, organized, labeled and well stocked with products. They are responsible for setting up displays and taking down old products to replace new stocks on the shelves of grocery stores.

Your Independent Grocer (Ross’ Your Independence Grocer) in Barrhvane is looking to fill part-time positions.If you are interested in a part-time position, please send your resume to Mon00819@loblaw.ca

 

Government Services

Various government services

Ontario is extending the deadline to renew your licence plate or health card. Read full story here. https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/mobile/ontario-extends-the-deadline-to-renew-licence-plates-licences-and-health-cards-1.4859791

Ontario Government website with OHIP message. https://www.ontario.ca/page/health-cards

Government of Canada warning about fraudulent calls: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/fraudulent-phone-calls.html

City Of Ottawa: This is a very detailed list of city of Ottawa services that have been impacted by COVID-19. Read here.

Taxes: The due date for filing individual tax returns has been extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 1, 2020 to pay any 2019 income tax amounts owed. For more information, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Emergency Relief Benefits: To support those affected by COVID-19 who are not eligible for EI, or require additional assistance, the government of Canada will issue relief payments through the new Emergency Care Benefit. This $900 payment will be issued to eligible individuals every two weeks, for up to 15 weeks. Stay updated on COVID-19 tax measures by visiting ow.ly/RjKa30qrnFo.

Canada Revenue Agency: The federal government of Canada is providing financial support to those affected by COVID-19. Some of the measures include: Goods and Services Tax Credit (GSTC): Canada Child Benefit (CCB), and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs): For more information: http://ow.ly/Etfv50yPZup

City of Ottawa parks and recreation. Please note playgrounds are closed and parks are for walking through only. More here. https://ottawa.ca/en/health-and-public-safety/covid-19-ottawa/impacted-city-facilities-and-services#city-parks-and-amenities-are-now-closed-walkthroughs-permitted-only

Parents Resource

Are you looking for some quick resources to help you as a parent? Click here.

City of Ottawa

Financial

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits. Click here.

Emergency Relief Benefits: To support those affected by COVID-19 who are not eligible for EI, or require additional assistance, the government of Canada will issue relief payments through the new Emergency Care Benefit. This $900 payment will be issued to eligible individuals every two weeks, for up to 15 weeks. Stay updated on COVID-19 tax measures by visiting ow.ly/RjKa30qrnFo. This CBC story also explains it.

Emergency Financial Assistance
Call 3-1-1 and press 4 for social services (medical needs, trouble paying utility bills, housing arrears, etc.)

Avoid fraud: https://www.facebook.com/131015656935062/posts/2806569642712970/?d=n

Taxes: The due date for filing individual tax returns has been extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 1, 2020 to pay any 2019 income tax amounts owed. For more information, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Canada Revenue Agency: The federal government of Canada is providing financial support to those affected by COVID-19. Some of the measures include: Goods and Services Tax Credit (GSTC): Canada Child Benefit (CCB), and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs): For more information: http://ow.ly/Etfv50yPZup

Health

Government sites regarding COVID 19

  1. Ottawa Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Site
  2. Government of Ontario Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) Web Page
  3. Government of Canada Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) Web Page

Are you looking for some quick resources to help your children? Click here.

OHIP Coverage: To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Together, these measures will ensure that no one will be discouraged from seeking screening or treatment for COVID-19 for financial reasons. https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/ontario-expands-coverage-for-care.html

Dental emergencies: This link from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario lists the places that are providing emergency dental care.  https://www.rcdso.org/en-ca/rcdso-members/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-dental-clinics-offices-offering-emergency-services

Services for victims of assault: https://www.octevaw-cocvff.ca/covid19-services

Sick Notes: https://www.facebook.com/131015656935062/posts/2801883463181588/?d=n&substory_index=0

Washing Hands: https://www.facebook.com/131015656935062/posts/2804516756251592/?d=n

Dealing with anxiety: https://www.facebook.com/131015656935062/posts/2806253739411227/?d=n

Taking care of your mental health: Click here.

If you are in ONTARIO and need to see a doctor, Dr. Tuli and colleagues are now seeing patients via virtual care. This service is free if you have OHIP. In case you aren’t sure if you need to go to the hospital, you can chat with him or any of the other providers to get the right advice.  https://appletreemedicalgroup.com/medical-services/virtual-care/book-your-virtual-care-appointment/

City of Ottawa has created a mental health page listing resources in the community. https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/mental-health-and-covid-19.aspx

Mental Health for Seniors: If you are a senior and feeling distressed and/or isolated, please call this help line at 1-855-892-9992. The help line is open from 8 am to 12 am. For more information, visit afriendlyvoice.ca

Protecting mental health tips courtesy of the Red Cross.

Resources for Seniors or Isolated People and people experiencing homelessness

Seniors Centre Without Walls: 613-236-0428
Rural Ottawa Support Services A Friendly Voice: 613-692-9992
Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991
Better Strength, Better Program on Roger’s TV
Ottawa Community Housing wellness checks: 613-731-1182
Ottawa Inner City Health: 613-562-4500

Taking the bus: Check out this Facebook post from OC Transpo about how to properly board the bis. https://www.facebook.com/246531884658/posts/10158019914184659/?d=n

 

 

Social Distancing

What is social distancing? How does it work? Watch this YouTube video to learn more.

Social Distancing: https://www.facebook.com/131015656935062/posts/2804866322883302/?d=n&substory_index=0

Self-isolation: Short video courtesy of CBC on what to do when you’re in self-isolation.. Watch here.

What happens if you don’t practise social distancing? Read this CBC article on possible fines.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/opp-warns-businesses-social-distancing-1.5505439

Taking the bus: Check out this Facebook post from OC Transpo about how to properly board the bis. https://www.facebook.com/246531884658/posts/10158019914184659/?d=n

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