COVID-19 / Coronavirus | Resources

Many helpful resources are available online to help you understand and prepare for this unprecedented situation.


Resources for Students, Parents, Teachers and Organizations:


Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) (Government of Canada)
Provides a taxable benefit of $2000 per month to workers without income support. Applications open April 2020.

Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits (Government of Canada)
If you do not have a job, or are pregnant, sick, or a caregiver, you may be eligible for EI benefits.

Deferred Mortgage Payment Information (Enough for All)
This support includes up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages.
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Not sure which benefits you are eligible for? Click here to read a helpful guide by CTV.


Taking Care of your Mental Health during COVID-19 (Government of Canada)
Self-care tips & phone numbers to call for counselling and crisis support.

Settlement Chat (TIES)
We’re here for you. Free & confidential online chat. Click the blue button in the bottom right to get started.

Mindfulness Self-Help (TIES & Alberta Mind Biotech)
Anxious? Overwhelmed? Take a moment to try the S.T.O.P. mindfulness technique.

A virtual care company focused on HIV prevention and healthcare for stigmatized communities.



Food & Grocery Resources (Alberta Health Services)
Free and low cost food in Calgary, community supports and nutrition services.

Free Lunches for Kids (Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids & Bro’kin Yolk)
Struggling to feed your kids? Call Bro’kin Yolk before 10AM, and they will have a lunch ready for pickup by noon.

Newcomer Introduction to Classes Online (NICO) (TIES)
Learn how to take online classes. Register as a tester for the free NICO course.

Information for Calgarians (Enough for All)
Information about food, transportation and health resources available in Calgary during COVID-19.

YYC COVID-19 (Volunteer-Run)
Find help in Calgary, including: financial assistance, health resources, activities for kids & more.

Click here for Indigenous community resources

GoNoodle Games & Activities

Burn off some energy with silly and fun exercises that kids can do at home.


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Follow along with Mo Willems over 15 episodes full of imaginative fun!


Daily Explorations (by Illustrator Keri Smith)

Get creative with these artsy explorations by Canadian illustrator Keri Smith.


ABC Life Literacy

Register for free access to workbooks and stories. Available in French, Chinese, Tagalog & Arabic.


Family Literacy Resources (Saskatchewan Literacy Network)

Free reading booklets available in Arabic, Chinese, Tigrinya, Urdu & more languages.


PBS Kids (Public Broadcasting Service)

Online games and videos for kids: free, safe and fun!


50 Best Indoor Activities for Kids (Always Autumn)

A HUGE list of crafts and activities, with links.


“Learn at Home” Activities for Kids (Scholastic)

No school doesn’t have to mean no learning – check out these free resources for every grade level!


Keeping Kids Busy if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus (TIME)

Includes fun and easy ideas for keeping young children busy.


Noodle-Do-A-Day (Calgary Learns)

Calgary Reads will be sharing a new activity daily to help you engage and bond with your children.

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