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COVID-19 Inequalities

Substance Use and COVID-19

  • This page outlines Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada's efforts to address the heightened vulnerabilities of substance users during the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of ensuring these people still have access to treatment and harm reduction services.
  • This page includes efforts to improve overdose prevention sites, facilitate access to medications, provide awareness on changing medication access, provide information on COVID-19's impacts on subs

Equitable Access to COVID-19 Medical Solutions

  • This statement highlights Canada's involvement in the global response to COVID-19 with the introduction of a $375 million investment to help further fund the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which helps lower and middle-income countries gain access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
  • This publication also outlines the various supports the federal government has implemented to aid countries in their fight against COVID-19.

COVID-19 and People with Disabilities

  • This resource outlines the government's efforts to protect persons with disabilities within Canada against COVID-19.
  • This page describes why people with disabilities may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, how to protect a loved one, how the healthcare system and COVID-19 assessment centers are accessible to people with disabilities, special considerations, the prevention control measures that have been implemented, and mental health considerations/supports.

Addressing COVID-19 Inequalities

  • This document highlights the efforts of the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat to ensure the federal government is adequately responding to the intensified inequalities presented by COVID-19.
  • This report discusses the development of the new interdepartmental COVID-19 taskforce to tackle COVID-19 inequalities, the virtual COVID-19 town hall series, and the government's response as a result of this taskforce.

COVID-19 and the Disability Rights

  • This publication discusses the extraordinary challenges faced by members of our disabled population during the pandemic through health-related and inclusion-related obstacles and how measures implemented by the Canadian government have been aimed to address these problems.
  • In addition, this report highlights the legal obligation of the government to address both health and inclusion-related rights.

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group

  • This publication was developed by Employment and Social Development Canada in order to address the disproportional challenges faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As a result, the Government of Canada developed the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG) in order to inform the minister on the challenges faced by these people throughout the pandemic in order to promptly develop strategies to address them.

Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19

  • This final progress report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs discusses the global humanitarian effort to tackle COVID-19 through the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) that was created in March, 2020.
  • This report contains the details on the GHRP, how it has been addressing the humanitarian consequences of COVID-19, the financial overview and challenges,