Official Statements regarding COVID-19

Public Health Ontario – Coronavirus COVID-19
Government of Canada – Coronavirus COVID-19
World Health Organization (WHO) Web Page on COVID-19

CRPO response regarding essential workers

CRPO is strongly advising that RPs move to virtual or online care (via phone, email or videoconferencing technology) wherever possible.

RPs are also advised to use their clinical judgement to determine in-person care is essential to clients.


Government economic support for independent workers

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) offers income support for up to 16 weeks to those who lose pay because of the pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

A government news release says the “simpler and more accessible” program will cover Canadians who lost their jobs, got sick, are under quarantine or have to stay home because of school closures.

Starting April 2020, this taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CERB is available to wage earners, contract workers and self-employed people who do not qualify for employment insurance (EI).

To access these funds, you must have an account set up in one of two places:

We recommend that you set up an account as soon as possible so that funds can be deposited straight to your account without delays in April. You should also make sure you have online banking already set up as you will need this for the registration of your account.


Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs during the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Mental Health Innovation Network put out a resource to address mental health and psychosocial problems during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Download the briefing note


  • Overview of the MHPSS Response to COVID-19
  • Overarching principles and guidelines for response
  • Globally recommended activities
  • Recommended interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • For older adults to cope with stress
  • Supporting the needs of people with disabilities
  • Messages & activities for helping children deal with stress
  • Activities for adults in isolation/quarantine
  • Supporting people working in the COVID-19 response
  • Messages directed at the community-level
  • Links to additional resources

From the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector

Click here to access guidance documents for various health sectors as well as signage for patients and visitors.

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance: Independent Health Facilities

This guidesheet outlines screening procedures for Independent Health Facilities