Last updated: October 8, 2020 at 9:55 a.m.

The City of Toronto is working hard with its partners to support everyone impacted by COVID-19. Your gifts help us to enhance much needed services and supports, especially for the most vulnerable.

To donate, please review the options below. If you have any questions, contact donate@toronto.ca.

While all donations are greatly appreciated, during this difficult time, the most important thing is to follow public health advice.

All donations made directly to the City are accepted in accordance with the Donations to the City of Toronto For Community Benefits Policy.

The City of Toronto is looking for PPE to distribute to our frontline staff and partner agencies working in shelters and facilities supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, long-term care homes, and community programs.

The most urgent PPE needs are:

  • Isolation gowns
  • Surgical masks meeting Health Canada standards (Level 2 & 3)
  • N95 respirator masks (1870+, 1804, 9210+)
  • Face shields (disposable, similar to Kimberly-Clark, Secure-Gard, anti-fog)
  • Health care-grade disinfectant wipes (bleach or hydrogen peroxide)
  • Gloves (nitrile or vinyl, in all sizes)
  • Goggles (indirect vent)
  • Hand sanitizers that have been approved by Health Canada (containing ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol)

Please review these PPE guidelines to help with your offer.

Register your offer to donate PPE: Submit Offer Details

Note – If yours is an offer to sell a product to the City of Toronto, visit Become a Supplier of Needed Goods and Services for more information.

The Province of Ontario, through Ontario Together, is inviting businesses, researchers and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the province-wide COVID-19 response to reach out.

The City of Toronto greatly appreciates all offers of goods and services. To get donations to where they are most needed as quickly as possible, we will only be accepting goods and services that can be used immediately. We will document all offers and match them as new needs emerge, at which time you will be contacted by City staff.

Goods and Services

There is urgent need for:

  • New and unused ear (tympanic) and laser thermometers
  • Thermometer ear probe covers (Braun specifically)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • New and unused household goods (i.e. furniture, kitchen essentials, linens)
  • Toiletries
  • Gift cards
  • Delivery vehicles and drivers

Space and Accommodations

There is an urgent need for:

  • hotel rooms
  • industrial kitchens
  • space suitable for individual isolation

Register your offer to donate goods, services, space and/or accommodations: Submit Offer Details

Closed businesses willing to open their space for use by the City of Toronto or our community partners should contact donate@toronto.ca.

Note – If yours is an offer to sell a product to the City of Toronto, visit Become a Supplier of Needed Goods and Services for more information.

The City of Toronto is working closely with community and corporate partners to identify the areas of greatest need and how best to ensure that food needs of vulnerable Torontonians are being met.

Register your offer of product or services in support of food security: Submit Offer Details

Residents and businesses who can, are also encouraged to drop off essentials at their local fire hall or give directly to the following community food providers:

Essentials include:

  • canned fish and meat
  • canned beans and pulses
  • canned tomatoes
  • rice or quinoa
  • cooking oil
  • baby formula and diapers

Learn more about the City’s coordinated Food Access Strategy.

You may wish to research and donate directly to any one of the many local organizations working hard and raising funds to support the community.

The City of Toronto is working closely with a number of community partners to meet the needs of all Torontonians, including the United Way Greater Toronto  which has launched the Local Love Fund  to support the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time. The Toronto Foundation has launched the Better Toronto Coalition Hub to provide information to people looking to donate to non-profits as well as a fund to support community organizations serving the most vulnerable people in our city.

Toronto Challenge

For 29 years, the Toronto Challenge has supported seniors by raising awareness and funds with a run and walk held on the second Sunday of June during Seniors’ Month. This year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still support the dozens of agencies who benefit from this community event.

Funds donated to the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 response will directly contribute to the delivery of vital, community-focused services, both now and during recovery. From food support for the most vulnerable and personal protective equipment for frontline staff to much needed supplies and services for shelters during rapid rehousing, designating your gift allows the City to direct your donation to the highest priority need during this evolving situation.

Funds will be managed by the City’s donation coordination task force in accordance with the Donations to the City of Toronto For Community Benefits Policy.

A tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.

Donate Now

Individuals or organizations interested in donating $50,000 or more, should contact donate@toronto.ca.

Many of our community and neighbourhood agencies rely on volunteers to help deliver their services.

Many Torontonians have expressed an interest in helping vulnerable, isolated residents and families during this emergency period.

Residents interested in volunteering should register with Spark Ontario and/or with Volunteer Toronto to get alerts for volunteer opportunities (some of which may be remote). Call Volunteer Toronto at 416-961-6888 or email info@volunteertoronto.ca to connect with an advisor to discuss volunteer opportunities.