This resource list is updated regularly with supports and services provided by both government and community organizations.

  • City of Toronto EarlyON: EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free programs to parents/caregivers and their children from birth to six years of age. These centres welcome all families to participate in quality programs that help strengthen adult-child relationships, support parent education, and foster healthy child development.
  • EarlyON Centres Providing Virtual Programs and Services: Virtual programs and telephone services to support parents and engage young children and their families, including story, music, craft, cooking, fitness activities and telephone services for families seeking additional support.
  • Educational Activities that Promote Healthy Child Development at Home: Printable resource PDF with activities that parents/caregivers can engage in with their young children.
  • Use the Library from Home for Kids: Children’s stories in over 16 languages, available over the phone. Storytime on YouTube. Songs, stories, activities and games to help your little ones develop their early literacy skills.
  • Free Online Programs for Girls 7-17 in South Etobicoke: The Jean Augustine Centre offers programs with a focus on empowerment, leadership, civic engagement and mentorship.
  • Play & Learn: Engaging activities to challenge your child and help them learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Busy Toddler: Hands-on, play-based learning activities for your toddler.
  • How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19: Guide for having an open, supportive discussion with your children to help them understand, cope and even make a positive contribution for others.
  • Tools for Raising an Extraordinary Person: Behaviour management strategies you can try with your children.
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC): Telephone support, virtual video visits, and in person home visits for vulnerable populations. Call 416-338-7600 for questions/concerns.
  • Breastfeeding Support: Telephone support for breastfeeding. Virtual support offered if feasible. List of hospital-based breastfeeding clinics currently providing service.
  • Welcome to Parenting (WTP): Free online prenatal program that you can access anytime and anywhere. Provides information on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Helps you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need as a pregnant individual, new parent, partner or support person.
  • Breastfeeding When COVID-positive: Precautions to take while breastfeeding to avoid giving the virus to your baby.
  • Pregnancy to Parenting Blog: Information from health professionals.
  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 help-line offering professional counselling, information, and referrals. 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT 686868.
  • Postpartum Adjustment Program (PAP): Free services for women who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety, having difficulty adjusting after having a baby and who have a baby less than one year of age. 416-338-7600.
  • Free Online Programs for Girls 7-17: The Jean Augustine Centre offers programs with a focus on empowerment, leadership, civic engagement and mentorship.
  • New Canadians Café: Online webinars on various topics to best utilize your time at home – from boosting productivity when working from home to upskilling for that dream job, acing video interviews to virtual networking 101, and exploring Canada as a newcomer while staying indoors.
  • Stay, Play and Learn at Home: City of Toronto web page for free, high-quality recreation, active living, arts and culture activities for all ages to enjoy while staying, playing, and learning at home. Sort by audience for different target age groups – many activities are for everyone. Check back for updates and additions to this list.

For the most detailed and up-to-date information about Canada Recovery Benefits (CRB), please visit Canada’s CRB web page.

  • Black Health Alliance: For various resources and wrap-around services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit their website or call 647-367-6656.
  • Black Creek Community Farm Emergency Food Box: Call 416-393-6381 for application.
  • Emergency Food Support: Afri-Can FoodBasket is working to provide emergency food support to individuals and families within Black communities in Toronto who have been affected by COVID-19 and are in need to support access to food. Call 416-832-5639.
  • Hot meals for Seniors, Isolated Students & Individuals in the GTA: Meals delivered Saturday and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. Options for pick-up and delivery. Text requests to Jamaican Canadian Association: 416-804-2467 or e-mail: hashtagcommunitystrong@gmail.com.
  • Supports for Black Parents: Provides links to 10 programs supported by the Innovative Supports for Black Parents Initiative.
  • Free Counselling Sessions for Black Parents: Offers support for women, children and families seeking support for mental health issues and opportunities for growth. Schedule your session online.
  • Black Moms Connection Facebook Group: Connection with a founded-in-Toronto online global village of over 15,000 members and non-profits providing culturally relevant programs and resources to educate and empower the Black mother and her family.
  • Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN): In partnership with the Toronto District School Board, CAFCAN is providing mental health supports to children, youth and their families. They can be reached at 416-740-1056 or info@cafcan.org.
  • Toronto For All: Offers Anti-Black Racism & mental health resources.
  • Resources for Black Healing and Support in the GTA: Online list of Black therapeutic supports and trauma-informed grounding techniques, Black legal resources and community services, Black support phone lines, affirming Black content, music for Black healing / affirmation / grief / crying / dreaming, Black playlists, access and food security support for Black folks.
  • 8 Mental Health Practices for people of African descent while isolated.
  • COVID-19 GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund: Black Lives Matter-Toronto will be giving out one time stipends of $125 or $250 to Black people, depending on need. Please self-assess and contact the organizer.
  • Centre francophone du Grand Toronto Mental Health Crisis Line (French only): Support line that provides culturally-appropriate mental health services for young people under 25. The support line is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 647-881-6761 or 647-268-2016.
  • Housing Security for Black Tenants: Legal, social and financial information specifically for Black tenants to support them during this time. If  you  require  legal  advice  and  you  believe  you  are  being discriminated against because you are Black, please contact  1-877-736-9406  (toll-free),  at  416-597-5831  or  on  the  TTY  Line:  1‑800‑855‑0511.
  • Black Legal Action Centre: A list of COVID-relevant resources for Black communities including; financial aid, housing, employment, family supports, emergency supports, legal aid, and mental health.
  • Rites of Passage: Offers online programming specific to African-Canadian men and women, to explore, mature and grow into their full identity as young African-Canadians. Contact Paul Osbourne at 416-645-6000 ext. 2320.
  • Kujistahi: The Kujistahi (self-respect) program provides online culturally-relevant Black family programs for children, youth and parents. Kuji Kids is a space for Black parents and their children to play, laugh and learn, every Monday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information please contact 416-735-8376 or kujistahi@dfrc.ca.
  • SNAP (Stop Now And Plan): Offers free culturally-sensitive supports for children ages 6-11 and their families with a focus on those that identify as being of African descent in the following areas: boys/girls skill based groups, parent skill based groups, individual counselling and community connections, school advocacy/support and other interventions as needed. Contact snap@dfrc.ca

City of Toronto – For City Information

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care – For Provincial Information

Public Health Agency of Canada – For National Information

  • PHAC COVID-19 Website: National Updates, Travel Advice and others.
  • COVID-19 Virtual Assistant: Automated Answers to Your COVID-19 Questions. Open the page and look for the Virtual Assistant icon at the bottom right corner of the page.

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Thank you to the many contributors including:

  • Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership
  • Black Health Alliance
  • Delta Family Resource Centre
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • The 519

If there are additions or changes you would like us to consider, please email EarlyON@toronto.ca with “Resource List” in the subject.