COVID-19 is one of the biggest public health crisis Canada has ever faced. Lives are at stake- including yours and your loved ones.
FCO is here to help. In our COVID-19 section, you can find our communication updates, general information about COVID-19, & resources to help you navigate this crisis.
Helpline for caregivers in distressIf you are a caregiver and are in need of support, you can contact the
Ontario Caregiver Helpline: 1-833-416-2273 (CARE).
The only resource of its kind in Ontario, the helpline is available to all caregivers – regardless of age, diagnosis or where they live. It provides 24/7 support because caregiving is not a 9-5 job. The Live Chat is also available 7am – 9pm (Mon – Fri).
The Ontario Caregiver Helpline is answered by professional Community Resource Specialists in English and French. Helpline representatives have been trained by caregivers to understand the unique needs of caregivers.
Jan. 25, 2020: A man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the outbreak, becomes the first “presumptive”case of the new coronavirus in Canada.
March 11, 2020: the World Health Organization (WHO), declared COVID-10 a pandemic.
March 13, 2020: Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams sent out a memo
to long-term care homes strongly recommending that homes only allow
“essential” visitors until further notice. Essential visitors are defined as those who have a resident who is dying or very ill.
March 17, 2020: Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
March 19, 2020: Emergency funding announced for long-term care homes
March 23, 2020: First death of long-term care home resident reported.
April 27 2020: COVID-19 Update: Temporary wage increase for PSWs
September 9, 2020: Essential family caregiver visits to LTC set to resume with Ministry policy released