Marit Stiles MPP for Davenport

Government of Ontario

Resources and Supports

Find our what benefits and programs are available from the municipal, provincial and federal governments.

Government of Ontario: 

Find out what emergency supports are available from the provincial government here for individuals and businesses.


City of Toronto:  

Visit the City’s website for a comprehensive list of social supports and economic supports for business. 

A specific section on food access, including delivery options for seniors can be found here.


Government of Canada: 

The federal government’s Economic Response Plan website includes information on programs and supports for individuals and business.

These groups of local volunteers are connecting those who are able to help with those who need it in new and inspiring ways.

  • Davenport Mutual Aid Network:

This is a space meant for mutual aid, where people can take care of each other. We are here to share information, resources, support, & create strategies for taking care of each other in the short term, as well as strengthening our community networks for the long term.

  • Davenport Helps

A group gathering resources and offering support to those in need in the community, especially the immunocompromised and those with mobility issues.

  • West Neighbourhood House

West Neighbourhood House is coordinating a new Mutual Aid Network in the community and they’re looking for volunteers to help provide almost any kind of help that can be done from a safe physical distance! To get involved, call (416) 532-4828, email [email protected] or visit to learn more and sign up. 


City-wide mutual aid groups:


  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association ‘Neighbourhood Helper’ 

Muslim youth offering their services to help Canadians who need assistance with picking up groceries, filling prescriptions and providing overall moral support or 1.855.435.7811 


  • KOVAD-19:  Toronto Jewish Community Response to COVID-19 

A group for sharing and organizing Toronto Jewish Community resources (eg. food, babysitting, etc.) in response to COVID-19 


  • Care-mongering Toronto - Arts / Live Events Industry 

A group, specific to arts workers, for sharing and organizing community in Toronto in response to COVID-19


Local organisations providing special supports or services during COVID-19.

Abrigo Centre


The Abrigo Centre continues to provide its important counselling and support services in English and Portuguese, to youth, women, seniors and newcomers. Learn more here.


Working Women Community Centre


Working Women has compiled a list of available supports and services, available here.

Legal supports, workers rights information and more.


  • Community Legal Education Ontario Steps to Justice 


Provides legal information related to COVID-19, with a focus on housing, employment and family law

  • Pro Bono Ontario 


Free legal assistance to low-income Ontarians via Free Legal Advice Hotline. Can advise on legal questions related to COVID-19 shutdown

Hours: 9:30-11:30am, and 1:00-3:30pm, Monday to Friday

Hotline: 1-855-255-7256

  • Worker’s Action Centre Hotline 


Providing advice for workers about their rights via phone, in numerous languages (including Spanish, Tamil, Mandarin, Somali, Turkish, Bengali, and Arabic) 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12pm-5pm 

Hotline: 416-531-0778, toll free: 1-855-531-0778

  • Legal Aid Ontario


Residents can check the Legal Aid website or phone them to find their local legal clinic.

Most provide advice around tenant rights, worker rights, income assistance, and immigration, 

Toll free phone: 1-800-668-8258

  • Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network 


A network of Ontario-based mental health professionals providing free mental health care to frontline workers

  • Chalmers Chatbot 


Connects people to free services in the City of Toronto, including food, clothing, and shelter

Community-led support funds providing emergency funding to those in need.


  • Canadian Artist + Musician Relief Fund 

Weekly financial support for low-income GTA artists and musicians whose livelihoods are affected by COVID

Temporarily closed to new applications, accepting donations


  • Actors Fund of Canada 

Emergency support for anyone working in the entertainment industry 

Accepting applications


  • Format Photographer Relief Fund

Assistance of up to $500 per person to self-employed photographers facing financial hardship. 

Accepting applications and donations


  • Unison Benevolent Fund

Provides emergency financial support to music industry professionals in times of crisis.




Distress centres and hotlines for those needed support in a crisis.


If you are in immediate danger, dial 911

  • Distress Centre of Greater Toronto 


24/7 emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention. Translation is available in many languages for crisis calls.

Call: 416-408-4357, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Text: 45645 between 4pm and midnight


  • Kids Help Phone


24/7, national support service offering professional counselling, confidential information, referrals, and text-based support to young people

Call: 1-800-668-6969 or text CONNECT to 686868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


  • Gerstein Crisis Centre


24-hour community-based crisis services for adults 16+ who are dealing with mental health, concurrent, or substance use issues and are currently in crisis.

Telephone crisis line, mobile crisis team, community-based crisis beds, short term follow-up support, and referrals to other services.

Call 416-929-5200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Translation in many languages is available. 


  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline 


24/7 crisis counselling hotline for women facing or who have experienced abuse. Provides counselling, emotional support, information, and referrals

Crisis Line: 416-863-0511

TTY: 416-364-8762

Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511

Toll-free TTY: 1-866-7868


  • Senior Safety Line (SSL)


Support for older adults who are being abused or at-risk of abuse. Family members and service providers can also call for information about community services.



City-wide organisations that are looking for volunteer support.

In addition to starting or joining a neighbourhood pod or mutual aid group or network, there are many other ways to help out at this difficult time. 

  • Spark Ontario and Volunteer Toronto are coordinating connections between  organizations that need support and volunteers available to help out (including supporting remotely). Sign up at and
  • Canadian Blood Services are looking for donors to avoid shortages due to social distancing.
  • Kids Help Phone is looking for volunteers to staff their crisis text line.
  • Chinese Canadian National Council is seeking volunteers for their mutual aid program, to support immigrant workers struggling with the effects of COVID19
  • UofT Moriarty Lab is looking for scientists, Senior PhD students, and Post-Doctoral Fellows to volunteer for COVID-19-related research. Also looking for those willing to fill gaps anywhere whether scientific or non-scientific.
  • Toronto Bike Brigade - A group of volunteers on bikes ready to deliver supplies and friendship to vulnerable people on behalf of community organizations or individuals in need. 
  • This collaborative community document lists many more Toronto-based groups, initiatives, and ideas for how we can support each other in this difficult time.