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COVID-19 RESOURCES


Welcome to the OFCP RAMP - COVID Resource page. This page has been compiled with the resources shared through our e-Bulletin publications during the COVID outbreak.

Our hope is that this will provide you with a starting point to search and navigate through the many resources and services you may find useful during these challenging times.

Now, more than ever, it is important to stay connected and provide information to you that is current, relevant and useful. Our team is committed to supporting you and initiatives that will benefit our broader community.

 

Government Support & Services
Food Delivery & Essential supplies
Support for Children & Families
Financial Planning
Communication Disability Supports
Mental Health supports
Recreation and Virtual Events
News Articles re COVID


Government Support & Services

 

Service Canada Announcement


In response to COVID-19, Service Canada has launched a number of new virtual e-services to continue to provide support to individuals who need assistance to access benefits and services from their home.

The Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) is essential for accessing government services and benefits. Through the eSIN portal, individuals can submit a SIN application entirely online within a secure and protected environment.

Additionally, the eServiceCanada portal allows individuals requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an online request and receive a callback from a Service Canada officer within two business days.

 

Accessing Funding & Support During COVID-19


During the COVID pandemic many organizations have had to change how they provide services and support to the public. Thankfully many have found ways to continue to provide this virtually or in new ways. We found the following information very helpful for our members and we would like to share this with you.

A) March of Dimes Home & Vehicle Modification program is still open for funding but has gone virtual - you can access their program by telephone or online so you don't have to miss it during the pandemic. https://www.marchofdimes.ca/en-ca/programs/am/hvmp/Pages/modchvmp.aspx

B) Easter Seals has updated their funding page to include information about which programs are currently available and which are on hold; as well as information on how to apply for funds; https://services.easterseals.org/covid-19-update-april-21-2020/. As well, Easter Seals Camp has gone virtual, please follow this link for more information about the summer program. https://www.eastersealscamps.org/

C) The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto has information about 24/7 Emergency Services contacts for the City of Toronto as well as COVID-19 Resources for Consumers. https://www.cilt.ca/

D) Citizens With Disabilities Ontario: Information for People with Disabilities on Covid-19

Citizens With Disabilities Ontario has compiled information about Covid-19 for people with disabilities.

Read the COVID-19 Guide for people with disabilities here

E) Ontario Community Support Program


Do you know an isolated, low-income senior or person with disabilities who needs support getting the essentials they need to stay home during COVID-19?

The Ontario Community Support Program is coordinating local services to deliver meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials during COVID-19.

Help keep our community healthy and safe. Find out more and sign up for service at www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca, or call 211.

Toll Free: 1-877-330-3213; TTY: 1-888-340-1001.

F) Community Living Ontario offers Support during COVID

CLO Staying Connected page helps members navigate the overwhelming amount of news, resources and information that is out there during COVID.  Have a look at their quick links for pertinent information.

https://communitylivingontario.ca/en/staying-connected/

 

 

 

Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit


As CERB wraps up there are some new supports in place to assist people through these trying times. One of those benefits is the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB).

The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit is effective from September 27, 2020 for one year, and provides $500 per week ($450 after taxes withheld), for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians.

For more information click here.

 

CRA/ARC: One-time Payment for Persons With Disabilities Update


On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligibility:

The payment will be automatically issued to persons with disabilities who:

1. Have a valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate provided by the Canada Revenue Agency or are eligible for the DTC and apply for it by September 25, 2020.
2. Are beneficiaries, as at July 1, 2020, of Canada Pension Plan Disability or Quebec Pension Plan Disability.
3. Are beneficiaries, as at July 1, 2020, of disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada:

·        Disability Pension
·        Disability Award
·        Pain and Suffering Compensation
·        Critical Injury Benefit
·        Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program
·        Income Replacement Benefit
·        Canadian Forces Income Support.

Payment:

Persons eligible for the above programs do not have to apply to receive this payment. The payment consists of a one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable amount of $600.

The payment of up to $600 will be automatically issued in the form of a cheque or direct deposit. Payments are expected to be issued beginning this Fall.

The payment information will be provided on the One-time payment to persons with disabilities web page once available:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits/one-time-payment-persons-disabilities.html.

Recipients of the payment are encouraged to make sure their address and banking information is up to date in order to receive prompt payment.

New Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Applications:

Persons with disabilities, who meet the eligibility criteria for the DTC but have yet to apply to the Canada Revenue Agency, can apply until September 25, 2020.

 

Ontario Creating New Career Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth


The Ontario government is investing $2.2 million in eight new projects to help disadvantaged youth and job seekers from underrepresented groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The projects will focus on developing the skills and training they need to begin successful careers.

For more information please read the article below.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/58178/ontario-creating-new-career-opportunities-for-disadvantaged-youth

 

 

Ontario Ministry of Health: Assisted Devices Program Announcement


Ontario Ministry of Health's ADP is Accepting All Applications for Assistive Devices

Ontario Ministry of Health's ADP has advised that it has now re-opened and is making decisions about applications for assistive devices.The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Office permanently re-opened for business on April 29, 2020.

Please see the following links for more information about how applications should be sent and how approvals will be made going forward.

https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resource/arch-bulletin-on-covid-19-assistive-devices-program-is-open

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/adp/

 


 

ODSP supports during COVID-19


The Bright Futures Ability Network has put together an extremely helpful newsletter for any questions concerning ODSP supports and other financial matters during COVID-19

Click here to see the newsletter

 


 

COVID-19: Ontario Government Services and Resources


Ontario.ca has set up a page with a number of government services and resources, including:

1. Financial support
2. Supports for children and youth
3. Emergency shelters and other support services
4. Extensions on validations and deadlines
5. Mental health, wellness and addictions support AND
6. Support for seniors and people with disabilities (PWD)

Click here to see the page

 


 

211 Ontario Can Help You Find Support You Need During COVID-19


Up-to-date information for Ontarians regarding programs and services is available here.

 


 

CLEO Updates on Employment and Work


Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), has put together a new resource related to Employment and Work, answering questions like:
• Can my employer lay me off temporarily because of COVID-19?
• What happens if my workplace closes because of COVID-19?
• Can I get Employment Insurance (EI) if my employer reduces my hours of work?
• What is the COVID-19 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and how do I apply?

Click here to go to their website

 


 

Partners For Planning


With the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are suddenly facing unprecedented challenges. From financial planning, to sourcing online food delivery, it's safe to say that our daily routines have been turned upside down. For people living with a disability or those supporting them, those challenges can feel even more overwhelming.

To help you navigate this new normal, Partners For Planning created a new resource. COVID-19: Critical FAQs is now live and contains answers and links to common questions.

 


 

Lower Cost Internet for Canadians


Several programs that offer low-cost home internet to low-income Canadian families were shared in an open letter to families from the Minister of Education.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/letter-ontarios-parents-minister-education#section-0

Telus "Internet for Good" offers $9.95/month internet to Canadians nationwide who receive child benefit and have incomes under $31,120 per year. Check link for more details or email InternetForGood@Telus.com with a photo of your 2018 Canada Child Benefit statement showing your income. https://www.telus.com/en/about/company-overview/community-investment/how-we-give/cause-campaigns/internet-for-good

Rogers "Connected for Success" plan partners with non-profit and low-income housing providers in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador to offer $9.99/month home internet to their tenants. https://about.rogers.com/giving-back/connected-for-success/

Connecting Families is a Federal program to connect families who receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit for under $10/month, but you need to have received a pre-qualification letter to participate. If you think you may be eligible but have not received a letter, try calling 800-328-6189 and asking about the Connecting Families initiative.

 


 

FOOD DELIVERY & ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES


 

Important Announcement Regarding Food Delivery


OFCP is pleased to share an announcement from Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility Program regarding food and essential supplies deliveries.

Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services by visiting http://www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca/

Meals on Wheels – Delivery of nutritious meals accompanied by a safety check.

Essential Supplies
– Delivery of supplies such as groceries or prescription medication

If you need assistance requesting a service, or do not have internet access, you can call 211 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll free) or 1-888-340-1001 for TTY service.

 

Ontario Community Support Program


Do you know an isolated, low-income senior or person with disabilities who needs support getting the essentials they need to stay home during COVID-19?

The Ontario Community Support Program is coordinating local services to deliver meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials during COVID-19.

Help keep our community healthy and safe. Find out more and sign up for service at www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca, or call 211.

Toll Free: 1-877-330-3213; TTY: 1-888-340-1001.





 

SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES


 

Supports and Resources from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is offering a number of resources to support families during the pandemic. Please follow the link below if you are interested.

http://hollandbloorview.ca/sites/default/files/2020-04/COVID-19 Family Resource Centre e-letter April 9 accessible format.pdf

Family Tipsheet:

https://www.hollandbloorview.ca/services/family-workshops-resources/family-resource-centre/covid-19-emergency-funding

 


 

School In 2020-2021 During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Steps to Justice has shared this article about your child attending school in 2020-2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://stepstojustice.ca/questions/covid-19/does-my-child-have-attend-school-2020-2021-during-covid-19-pandemic

 

Ministry of Education updates – November 2020


Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child-Care
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is updating its COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58629/ontario-revises-covid-19-screening-guidance-for-schools-and-child-care

Ontario to Hire more Staff and Improve Remote Learning in Targeted Communities

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58670/ontario-releases-35-million-to-hire-more-staff-improve-remote-learning-in-targeted-communities

 

My COVID Disability Q


Kids brain health network CanChild, the Kids Brain Health Network, and the CHILD-BRIGHT Network are happy to announce the launch of My COVID Disability Q., a new Twitter Q&A hub for Canadian children and youth with disabilities.

https://kidsbrainhealth.ca/index.php/2020/05/11/my-covid-disability-q/

 

Learning Disability Association of Ontario


LDAO has many free educational resources for parents as well as online educational activities that can be done at home.

http://www.ldao.ca/

 

 

Ontario Creating New Career Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth


The Ontario government is investing $2.2 million in eight new projects to help disadvantaged youth and job seekers from underrepresented groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The projects will focus on developing the skills and training they need to begin successful careers.

For more information please read the article below.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/58178/ontario-creating-new-career-opportunities-for-disadvantaged-youth

 

 

ConnectAbility


ConnectABILITY a website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and support networks

They have put together a number of resources concerning what to do while in isolation. Click here to view disability sector resources, physical distancing activities, and ways to stay connected.

 


 

FINANCIAL PLANNING


 

Service Canada Announcement


In response to COVID-19, Service Canada has launched a number of new virtual e-services to continue to provide support to individuals who need assistance to access benefits and services from their home.

The Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) is essential for accessing government services and benefits. Through the eSIN portal, individuals can submit a SIN application entirely online within a secure and protected environment.

Additionally, the eServiceCanada portal allows individuals requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an online request and receive a callback from a Service Canada officer within two business days.

 

CRA/ARC: One-time Payment for Persons With Disabilities Update


On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligibility:

The payment will be automatically issued to persons with disabilities who:

1. Have a valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate provided by the Canada Revenue Agency or are eligible for the DTC and apply for it by September 25, 2020.
2. Are beneficiaries, as at July 1, 2020, of Canada Pension Plan Disability or Quebec Pension Plan Disability.
3. Are beneficiaries, as at July 1, 2020, of disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada:

·        Disability Pension
·        Disability Award
·        Pain and Suffering Compensation
·        Critical Injury Benefit
·        Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program
·        Income Replacement Benefit
·        Canadian Forces Income Support.

Payment:

Persons eligible for the above programs do not have to apply to receive this payment. The payment consists of a one-time, non-taxable and non-reportable amount of $600.

The payment of up to $600 will be automatically issued in the form of a cheque or direct deposit. Payments are expected to be issued beginning this Fall.

The payment information will be provided on the One-time payment to persons with disabilities web page once available:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits/one-time-payment-persons-disabilities.html.

Recipients of the payment are encouraged to make sure their address and banking information is up to date in order to receive prompt payment.

New Disability Tax Credit (DTC) Applications:

Persons with disabilities, who meet the eligibility criteria for the DTC but have yet to apply to the Canada Revenue Agency, can apply until September 25, 2020.

 

Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit


As CERB wraps up there are some new supports in place to assist people through these trying times. One of those benefits is the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB).

The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit is effective from September 27, 2020 for one year, and provides $500 per week ($450 after taxes withheld), for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians.

For more information click here.

 

COVID-19: Make a Power of Attorney using CLEO’s Guided Pathways


Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), has put together Steps to Justice to find out how to prepare a power of attorney or a will, including how to have the documents witnessed virtually. Use CLEO's Guided Pathways to help you draft a Power of Attorney for Personal Care or a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property. Visit COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services on Steps to Justice.

 


 

COMMUNICATION DISABILITY SUPPORTS


 

Communication Toolkit


Below is information for people who have communication needs should they require hospitalization during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Be prepared.

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is sharing a number of great communication resources, picture and word boards and tips for how to use them. Please check their CDAC facebook page. Some of these resources aim to explain information concerning the virus. Also included are essential tools for healthcare providers to use with patients in ICU.

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit:

www.cdacanada.com/resources/covid-19-communication-rights-toolkit/

 

 

Communication Disabilities Access Canada: Communication Supports in Exercising Legal Capacity, Control and Autonomy


The following is a message from Communication Disabilities Access Canada:

Individuals who have disabilities that affect their communication, report that people who work in healthcare, legal, financial and community services, often underestimate their ability to make and/ or communicate choices and decisions that matter to them. They tell us that sometimes:

People who don’t know them think their inability to speak means that they cannot make decisions and control what happens in their lives;

Professionals often ask their family members or support staff to make decisions about them without consulting them;

They can experience serious consequences when professionals do not involve them in decisions that matter to them, or do not take their opinions seriously;

They are not given the supports they need to effectively communicate and make important decisions that affect them.

It’s time that professionals understand the human rights of people who have communication disabilities to control their lives and to get the supports they need to do this.

With contributions from people who have a diverse range of experiences and qualifications in communication disabilities, legislation and accessibility, the resource includes lots of information about:

 

Communication and Capacity: Context and Guiding Principles (Barbara Collier)

Communication Disabilities: Barriers and Impact on Choice and Control (Barbara Collier)

Legal Context for Exercising Capacity and Provision of Communication Supports (Lana Kerzner)

Communication Supports: Formal, Symbolic Communicators (Barbara Collier)

Communication Supports: Informal, Non-Symbolic Communicators (Jo Watson)

More information at https://www.cdacanada.com/resources/communication-supports-in-exercising-capacity-and-autonomy/about

 

How One Company is Helping Individuals with a Hearing Impairment


The Como Foundation has changed it's business from building contractor to mask production! During this process they became aware of the need for special masks for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and could really benefit from being able to see facial expressions and lip read to assist in communication. This company was featured in a CTV news story. For more information see the link below.

https://www.thecomofoundation.ca/masks-available

For more information about the masks you can read about the company based out of Mississauga by clicking here.

Lastly, here is an article about how Max Cucchiella has been making masks in his home since the pandemic began:

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-man-making-masks-specifically-for-the-hearing-impaired-1.4995460

 

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit


Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) has put together a communication rights toolkit.

Effective communication is essential in all healthcare situations. Over half a million Canadians who have disabilities that affect communication are at high risk for not having the supports they need to communicate when accessing and receiving COVID treatments. In addition, a significant number of people who were previously able to speak, are now unable to communicate due to breathing problems and being on ventilators in Intensive Care Units. CDAC has compiled some communication resources about Covid 19 to support people communicating during Covid 19.

You can get the resources at: www.cdacanada.com/resources/covid-19/about/

 


 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS


 

Government of Ontario Listing of Mental Health Supports


This site provides a listing of places to call, like: ConnexOntario
Helpline, Good2Talk, BounceBack, Kids Helpline, etc.

www.ontario.ca/page/find-mental-health-support

The Ontario Caregiver Organization Mental Health Supports


The OCO (Ontario Caregiver Organization) is offering to support caregivers during the COVID-19 situation. Please visit the COVID-19 page of their website for up-to-date caregiver information and resources, and visit this page for Tips for Caregiver Mental Health during COVID-19.

Growing Up with CP - Mental Health and Well-Being


CP-NET is excited to present “Growing up with CP: Mental Health & Well-being,” a webinar by Jan William Gorter initiated and led by young adults for young adults. Highlighting both lived experience and recent research from the CP-NET MyStory project, this webinar explores the intersection of mental health and CP, and discusses how we can better support young people in developing positive outcomes in mental health and well-being.

In addition to young people with CP, this webinar is informative for parents and health professionals.

www.canchild.ca/en/resources/279-growing-up-with-cp-mental-health-well-being

John Lord on Loneliness


Research shows that reduced social contact, being alone, isolation, & feelings of loneliness have all been associated with a reduced quality of life in people of all ages. Loneliness has been associated with a number of negative outcomes such as poor health, decreased quality of life & life satisfaction.

In this video, John Lord, researcher and author of numerous books addresses the impact of loneliness on our health & the ways to reach out & connect with others to improve our health & quality of life. With the COVID pandemic impacting many of our lives, this video has become even more relevant.
Click here to watch that video.

And, here is a book that John Lord speaks highly of in the video:

www.amazon.ca/Change-Your-World-Science-Resilience/dp/199943952X

RECREATION & VIRTUAL EVENTS


 

ConnectAbility


ConnectABILITY a website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who have an intellectual disability, their families and support networks

They have put together a number of resources concerning what to do while in isolation. Click here to view disability sector resources, physical distancing activities, and ways to stay connected.

 

Community Living Ontario offers Support during COVID


CLO Staying Connected page helps members navigate the overwhelming amount of news, resources and information that is out there during COVID.  Have a look at their quick links for pertinent information.

https://communitylivingontario.ca/en/staying-connected/

 

NEWS ARTICLES RE COVID-19


 


Things Will Get Better: Canadians with disabilities left with few alternatives amid COVID-19 shutdowns


The CBC has published a very interesting article about the challenges facing people with disabilities during COVID-19 shutdowns. Click here to read that story.