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Broadbent Institute Resources and Responses to COVID–19

As the COVID-19 health pandemic continues to evolve, each of us needs to do our part to reduce the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve”. We also need to make sure that as communities and a country, we are taking care of each other in the face of lost work and illness.

The Broadbent Institute has created this page to serve as a resource and sharing centre for those wanting to advocate for better worker and community protections and support in this time of crisis. It will be updated daily to track provincial and local calls for action and improvements won across Canada.

Important: For public health recommendations on COVID–19 (symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and risk, and travel advice), please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Click here for a guide on applying for benefits from the federal government amid COVID-19 (Created by Dr. Jennifer Robson as an open-source guide).

Actions and Responses to COVID–19 (updated as of Friday, March 20th) 

Below is a list of organizing and advocacy efforts happening across the country. Our team is working to update this list regularly as new calls to action and responses emerge, and we need your help! If you would like to suggest an action or response that should be added to this list, please contact communications@broadbentinstitute.ca.

WORKERS’ RIGHTS

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS 

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES 

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

BROAD PLATFORMS 

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

EQUITY

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

Federal/National Organizing and Actions

Many organizations have advocated tirelessly over the last few weeks for action to support workers, families and vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19. Recently, the Federal Government announced a comprehensive package of income, business and emergency support measures which responded to many of these calls. The package, though impressive, still contains gaps. Below we have listed federally focused campaigns that led up to the federal government’s response, many of which are still active, with calls of action that have not been met.