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E-newsletter for COVID-19 on July 3, 2020

The information provided in this newsletter is for reference only. It is not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of organizations, news sources, policies or political parties, or as a comprehensive resource list.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

  • HB Alumni Network Holland Bloorview values the experience and insights of clients and families. We want to ensure our connection does not end after clients have been discharged from our hospital. We have developed an alumni network so clients (13+), families, and caregivers can connect, share experiences and help us improve care and services. Click here to learn more and to register.


Racism & Diversity

Racial Equity Workshops & Education 

Caregiver support

  • Food to Table Project Gift Cards: Recipients must be women and girls living in South Etobicoke whose households are experiencing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19 or other factors. Program runs from July to December 2020. To register or for more information call 416-253-9797 or email  (Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment)
  • Ontario Community Support Association Help for isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials to stay safe at home during COVID-19





Mental health

Covid-19 related information

Wearing masks on public transit

  • TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Masks are now required when using TTC. The following people do not have to wear a mask
    • Children under two years of age.
    • Persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering.
    • Persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance.
    • TTC employees and agents within an area designated for TTC personnel and not for public access, or within or behind a physical barrier or shield.
    • Additional accommodations in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code will also be considered.
  • VIA Rail  Via Rail has made masks mandatory on all trains as of June 23rd. They must be worn throughout trips, except for when eating or drinking, and when physical distancing is not possible in stations and at boarding. Via Rail says it will have a limited number of disposable masks available for passengers who don't have one at boarding.
  • Air travel Masks are required to be worn at the airport for those that are to partake in air travel, as Transport Canada says that people flying to or from Canadian airports will have to have masks to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Legal and government updates

Children and youth with disabilities and Covid-19

This e-letter belongs to a set of specialized resources for the COVID-19 and Coronavirus outbreak period. If you are looking for other family resources that have to do with childhood disability, please

Holland Bloorview’s Grocery Foundation Family Resource Centre is a place where you can find information and resources on childhood disability that are helpful to you and your family.  We have information on: respite, recreation, housing, funding, education, parenting and more.  All Holland Bloorview workshops and events are listed on Questions?  Please e-mail