COVID-19 Resources

CCIC encourages members and other organizations from the sector to consult the following resources related to COVID-19.
Government Resources

Guidance on eligibility of COVID-19 potential costs (Global Affairs Canada)  

Response to COVID-19 in Terms of Eligible Costs and Reporting Flexibilities for International Development Assistance Program. The guidance is to ensure there are no contractual or financial barriers that would prevent getting Canadians home and following Government of Canada directions on mandatory self-isolation upon return.   


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (Government of Canada)  

The Government of Canada’s official page for COVID-19. Canadians can find regular updates on the current situation, tools for self-assessment and evaluating your health, as well as information regarding financial and economic support, travel advisories and safety and security in Canada during the pandemic.

Sector Resources

Tackling Coronavirus (COVID19) – Contributing to a global effort (OECD) 

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s COVID-19 webpage. Learn about how the OECD is tackling the coronavirus and what the key impacts and policy responses are while facing a global pandemic. The OECD webpage graphs data collected in real-time, showing relationships between COVID-19 and other variables affected by the outbreak. A list of additional resources such as articles, data portals, economic research, videos and podcasts have also been linked on the site. 


Principes d’une #RéponseJuste au COVID-19 ( 

An open letter initiated by and signed by dozens of organizations, calling for a coordinated international response that is fair for all, ensuring that those who have been hit the hardest by this crisis are offered a better future. The letter is addressed to all national governments and the international community, demanding to prioritize the following: the health of individuals, direct economic aid to the population, support for workers and communities, to improve resilience for future crises, and efforts to strengthen solidarity between individuals.   


Covid-19 & Refugees Worldwide Status: cases, responses & actions taken (Techfugees) 

A resource created by Techfugees with updated information on COVID-19 and refugee situations worldwide. The status of political changes due to the virus that impact refugees like, healthcare policies, measures affecting resettlement and asylum seeking. Detailed information on the number of positive cases including specific refugees’ populations and how they are receiving necessary support, as well as guidance on what you can do to help. 


Evaluating the initial impact of COVID-19 containment measures on economic activity (OECD) 

Evaluates common sectoral output and consumption patterns identified across countries during the COVID-19 crisis that is used to predict the direct economic consequences likely to result from a shutdown. This report offers a breakdown of the short-term effects and discusses the potential long-term consequences and impact on economic flows. The report contains graphs that predict probable market outcomes. 


From Poverty to Power – What are African journalists, scholars and activists saying about Covid-19? (OXFAM) 

This post from Poverty to Power is a reflection on how the general response to COVID-19 appears to be targeted at countries with limited restricting barriers. This analysis on COVID-19 response seeks to understand and share the reasoning behind the quiet and contrasting COVID response from other countries like many in Africa. Additional links and resources are also available throughout the post. 


A follow-up analysis from Poverty to Power on the contrasting response to the COVID-19 crisis. Continuing to highlight the realities of a generic approach and arguing that more consideration is needed for communities with barriers that can restrict individuals from following new measures. This post includes more in-text resources and evidence to support the need for more awareness and guidance to all during a global crisis. 


Evaluating the initial impact of COVID-19 containment measures on economic activity (OECD) 

Evaluates common sectoral output and consumption patterns identified across countries during the COVID-19 crisis that is used to predict the direct economic consequences likely to result from a shutdown. This report offers a breakdown of the short-term effects and discusses the potential long-term consequences and impact on economic flows. The report contains graphs that predict probable market outcomes. 


Statement by Global Unions: The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank must produce a plan to coordinate economic stimulus, public health action and debt relief (ITUC) 

A statement initiated by Global Unions asking that the IMF and the World Bank produce a plan to coordinate economic stimulus, public health and debt relief for developing countries, ensuring that developing countries receive the support necessary to recover from the crises. The statement includes a list of reasoning supported by data as well as a list of possible recommendations to consider and to discuss during the upcoming Spring Meetings.  


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (WHO) 

The World Health Organization’s official page dedicated to the coronavirus disease. Updates on global reports, research development, travel advice, myth busters, situation reports, strategies, plans and operations relating to COVID-19 can be found here. Live press briefings and all information on this webpage is accessible to individuals and organizations looking for updates on the coronavirus on an international level.   


Three ways to plan for equity during the coronavirus school closures (UNESCO) 

An article written by Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education and Suzanne Grant Lewis, UNESCO-IIEP Director, and published on UNESCO’s World Education Blog, this article outlines three ways to plan school closures with attention to equity. Recommendations for those working in education and reminders of important considerations when teaching students in their new learning environments. 


COVID-19 and Conflict sensitivity (OXFAM)

This tip sheet is a tool for systematically integrating conflict and peace awareness in humanitarian programming under a safe programming approach. The tip sheet covers three areas related to conflict sensitivity, which is central to Oxfam’s commitment to safe programming as pas od the COVID-19 humanitarian response: the potential conflict risks that could emerge as part of pandemic responses, key questions to ask as part of a rapid conflict analysis and ongoing monitoring efforts and conflict sensitive monitoring, accountability and feedback mechanisms.


In Conversation with Canada’s Foreign Minister: Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Pandemic (Centre for International Policy Studies – CIPS)

In this first virtual exchange as part of a series of video conferences, Canada’s Foreign Minister, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, shared his experience on the recent repatriation of Canadians travellers abroad, as well as his views on Canada’s role as a convening power in a time of global crisis and transformation. This event was also an opportunity for students to exchange with the Minister on Canada’s foreign policy and public diplomacy in addressing global crises and challenges while cooperating with other governments, multilateral organizations and international partners.



Gender Implications of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Development and Humanitarian Settings (CARE)  

Analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 outbreaks on women and girls in development or humanitarian contexts. Short-term and long-term recommendations provided for health and service delivery actors, development and humanitarian organizations, national governments and international donors to inform programming. (Executive Summary)  


New COVID-19 Global Rapid Gender Analysis Addresses Concerns of Women and Girls in Pandemic (CARE)   

Highlights from the original analysis done by CARE on the gender implications of COVID-19 on women and girls and other marginalized people that are likely to suffer during the pandemic.   


Guidance for Mainstreaming Gender Equality Actions in COVID-19 Response (Plan International Canada)

Practical guidance tool that sets out minimal and practical standards to be applied through all programming to mitigate and address those gendered impacts of COVID-19. The guide provides a quick glimpse of the known and expected socio-economic, health and gender specific impacts of COVID-19. Available in French and English.


Guidance for adapting Education Interventions in COVID-19 Response (Plan International Canada)

Practical guidance tool that aims to support country and project teams implementing education projects to adapt interventions, as needed, in order to help ensure children and their families are safe and secure, and children continue learning in a gender-responsive way during and after the COVID-19 crisis. This tool can also be used to guide discussions and program influencing with government and education partners as they design their own COVID-19 responses and can be applied in consonance with the Gender Equality Guidance for COVID-19 Response Programming guide. Available in French and English.    


Reimagining equality: economic impact of an invisible enemy – covid-19 (Plan International Canada)

A discussion that paper highlights the economic impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and argues for innovative and radical action to transform food, agricultural and financial systems and to address social and economic inequalities, and trade imbalance that this global crisis has brought to bear.


Feminist Action Agenda: Canada’s Global Response to COVID-19 (Oxfam Canada)

In this policy brief, the leadership role Canada can take in the global response to COVID-19 with an intersectional feminist approach is discussed through 5 principles, unique challenges faced by women, girls and gender-diverse people, and examples of how organizations are shifting their work to fight the pandemic followed by six key recommendations. This Oxfam Canada’s policy brief is co-authored by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Amnesty International Canada, Equality Fund, Inter Pares, and Nobel Women’s Initiative.


Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and COVID-19: The Complexities of Responding to “The Shadow Pandemic” (CARE Canada)

This policy brief provides 15 recommendations for donors and all actors to recognize GBV services as an essential and lifesaving component of the humanitarian response to COVID-19. The brief also recommends actors ensure that women and girls are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in leadership and decision-making around all areas of programming, policy design and implementation. 


Legal resources

COVID-19 Resources for Charities and NFPs (Carters) 

Carters law firm’s collection of COVID-19 resources for charities and NFPs looking for legal, financial and other resources on information that has changed or impacted them due to the pandemic.  


FinDev Canada and COVID-19 (FinDev Canada) 

FinDev Canada’s COVID-19 microsite. Articles and knowledge-based resources on finance and the COVID-19 crisis. Articles on how financial institutions are responding to the crisis in developing countries, information for investors wanting to help those affected most during the pandemic and more.   


Resources compiled by other organizations  

COVID-19 Information & Resources from Ontario International Cooperation Organizations (OCIC)  

Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s collection of resources and credible news sources. Global news and links to sites like CBC, BBC, John Hopkins University and WHO that provide advice for individuals during the COVID-19 outbreak as well as updates on new coronavirus data, flu trackers, etc.


The Ontario Non-Profit Network Resources (ONN)  

The Ontario Non-Profit Network has created a list of trusted resources and information relating to COVID-19 and public health in addition to the Government of Canada’s official webpage for the virus.     


BCSDN Newsletter: Solidarity in Times of Corona Crisis (Balkan Civil Society Development Network)  

Balkan Civil Society Development Network’s collection of regional and international stories and CSOs responses on the civil society sector during the Corona crisis; How organizations have new ways of working, are changing plans, goals, deliverables and finance, including the CSOs donor’s perspective.   


COVID-19 Implications for Canada and the economic impact (The Conference Board of Canada)  

Quick-read articles and the latest updates, data, forecasts, research on the growing spread of coronavirus, and useful tools that help support individuals and organizations during the coronavirus outbreak.   


COVID-19 Resource List for International Cooperation Organizations (BCCIC) 

BCCIC’s list of resources for International Cooperation Organizations. Resources include those relating to partnerships, fundraising, international community and support networks, resources specifically on the impacts of COVID-19, and more. 


COVID-19 and Aid Resources (Civil Society Reference Group to the OECD-DAC) 

Compilation of resources (articles, official and CSOs statements, analysis and others) related to COVID19 and aid related issues. 


Climate Caucus Community Action Handbook (CC) 

Climate Caucus’ Community Action handbook is an ongoing collaborative effort by municipal leaders, civic organizations, public and private institutions and other community leaders to create a handbook of useful suggestions, solutions and experiences for other leaders to reference if faced with similar issues. The objective is to create a bigger community of leaders better equipped to respond quickly and more efficiently in their communities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Resources for Indigenous Communities (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada) 

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada has created a list of resources to support Indigenous communities. 


Virtual events and recordings 

What is the best way to stop a pandemic? (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Virtual Event – Livestream has passed; recording available 

A global health lab discussion with LSHTM researchers on “what is the best way to stop a pandemic?” It focuses on strategies to prevent and respond to a pandemic. including mass health communication, border controls, forms of confinement or quarantine, food chain interventions and vaccination programmes. Recording available.  


Post-COVID19: Implications for International Cooperation Webinar (USPC) 

The USPC Seoul Policy Centre has posted a three-part webinar series where experts from Southern and Northern think tanks come together to discuss the idea that the COVID-19 pandemic could have a positive effect on international cooperation going forward. Possible scenarios and mitigating measures post-COVID-19 are analyzed with an emphasis on development cooperation globally. 


COVID-19 and the workplace

Managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) for employers (Osler)  

Canadian guidelines for employers managing the coronavirus in the workplace. Updated information on policies such as travel restrictions, discrimination, the right to refuse work, visitors and privacy considerations.