We’re all doing our best to support each other and our community in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, we are not alone. There are a number of resources available from all levels of government. We’ve linked a few here for easy reference – special thanks to Councillor Grimes and his team for assembling these resources in his most recent newsletter (you can read the original newsletter here). But first: please note that current regulations and medical guidance call for staying home as much as possible, and if it is necessary to go out in public, maintain a six-foot distance (known as “physical distancing”) from other people at all times.
These links are updated with the latest information about city services, as well as municipal, provincial, and federal response to the pandemic:
- 311 knowledge base
- All impacted City services
- City of Toronto Response & Resources
- Province of Ontario Response & Resources
- Government of Canada Response & Resources
Worried you may have been exposed? Are you developing systems that you’re concerned about? Take the province’s online self-assessment here.
Here are several phone numbers for supports for seniors:
- Toronto Seniors Helpline: 416-217-2077 or 1-877-621-2077, for support and referral to services
- Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Home Care: 310-2222 (no area code required) to find out about services in their area
- Distress Centres of Toronto: 416-408-4357, 416-408-HELP
- Seniors Safety Line (Elder Abuse Ontario): 1-866-299-1011
Finally, it can be hard to stay connected – but human contact remains essential. Don’t be afraid to reach out for digital community. One of the best resources for this in our region is the South Etobicoke Community Group on Facebook. The group has regular online chats and webinars to keep people connected.