COVID-19 Resources for Students

Latest update: Thu, Mar 18, 2021
Please Note

The list includes resources from the University of Toronto and community organizations such as Black Lives Matter TO, the 519 Community CentreSURJTOMike Layton (City Councillor for Ward 11) and Jessica Bell (MPP for University-Rosedale). We cannot promise all links will be current and are not responsible for outdated content on external sites.

Updates from the University of Toronto

Latest Updates 

For Students, Staff and Faculty 

Financial Resources 

Social Support 

Faculty Specific 

  • Faculty of Engineering: community room check-in twice a week via Zoom. Contact [email protected]
  • Medical students at U of T are offering childcare, errands for healthcare workers.

Student Crisis Lines

  • My Student Support Program (My SSP) | 1-844-451-9700. Outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578. Culturally-competent mental health and counselling services in 146 languages for all U of T students.
  • Good2Talk Ontario Post-Secondary Student Support: 1-866-925-5454 (to speak to a counsellor) or text “GOOD2TALKON” to 686868 (to speak with a trained Volunteer Crisis Responder)

General COVID-19 Updates, Health and Travel

Local/National/Transnational Health Resources 

Indigenous COVID-19 Resources 

 Canadian Travel Resources

Financial Resources

Provincial and Federal Benefits 

Toronto Specific

Landlords, Evictions, the Law and Human Rights

Community Mental Health Supports

Crisis Lines for People of All Ages, Genders, and Sexual Orientations

  • Gerstein Crisis Centre (24/7): 416-929-5200
  • Toronto Distress Centre (24/7): 416-408-4357 or text 741741 (2 am–2 pm daily)

If you are experiencing abuse

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: For Women, Non-Binary, and Trans folks 24/7 | 416-863-0511 | TEXT #SAFE (#7233) on your cell phone. Call for access to Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters, counselling, support, and other resources.
  • 1 in 6 Men’s Helpline Chat: For Men, Non-Binary, and Trans Folks 24/7 | Use the online chat to access counselling, support, and other resources.

More Support

Faith-based Support

Community Financial and Food Supports

  • Re-Connect Map-based resource-finder for Toronto. Users can locate available services and supports in their communities. Organized by service type (essentials, mental health, employment/training, childcare) and priority populations.
  • Food Banks: Call 416-203-0050 to be referred to the closest one. Or 211
  • 519 Community Centre Take Away Meals (LGBTQ+) (in front of the FABARNAK Café), M–F, 1 pm and 4 pm | Saturday and Sunday 12:30 pm.
  • Daily Bread Food Bank Online donations and food drop-off for the hungry.
  • For frontline healthcare workers: GroceryHero A free grocery delivery service to help frontline medical workers focus on fighting COVID-19. Volunteers are matched with medical workers in their neighbourhood.
  • Davenport Helps Matching helpers with people who need food/other supports in the Davenport community.
  • Food Rescue Online, local platform for donors of surplus food to connect directly with social service programs.
  • Good Neighbour Project Providing support, groceries and necessities for vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Email or call their Helpline.
  • OpenLab University Health Network’s OpenLab helps vulnerable seniors living in low-income housing through pick-up and delivery of groceries, food bank items and other household essentials during the pandemic. A single phone number/hotline facilitates connection to a network of volunteers. Volunteer intake form.
  • The People’s Pantry This GTA initiative safely provides and delivers cooked meals/groceries to specific communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
  • Black Creek Community Farm Emergency Food Boxes (Jane + Finch Community) Available, and delivered by Food Share Toronto to your home. Priority is for Jane and Finch residents who need extra support at this time. Access Form. Limited supplies. Online cash donations welcome.
  • Actors Fund of Canada Emergency support for anyone working in the entertainment industry.
  • Unison Emergency Financial Assistance Counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. For emergency financial assistance inquiries, please visit our website or call 1-855-986-4766.
  • People With AIDS Toronto Emergency Support (POZ, HIV+ COMMUNITY) PWA offers many practical supports including financial assistance, food market, vitamin supplements.
  • UHN Open Labs Friendly Neighbour Hotline (SENIORS & ELDERLY) Over 300 individuals offer assistance to the thousands of seniors living in Toronto Community Housing buildings across the city. They will assist with picking up essentials like medication and groceries.
  • A comprehensive resource for Canadian Artists, Writers and Media Workers.
  • Gladday Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S Artists, Performers, and tip-based workers.
  • COVID-19 Sex Worker Emergency Support Fund (jointly organized by Maggie's. Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and Butterfly: Asian and migrant sex workers support network.)

Ways to Get Involved