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Sharon Avery: In the age of COVID-19, reciprocity is a matter of survival

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Sharon Avery: In the age of COVID-19, reciprocity is a matter of survival

After my mother died a few years ago, my father’s health quickly declined. As a firefighter, he had dedicated his life to the safety of our community. But with no family close by, he had become isolated and vulnerable. On one of my routine trips home, I pulled into my […]

Community, Culture and COVID-19: ANDPVA

    Physical distancing has put a sharp focus on what we lose when we’re apart, including our access to the healing power of art. The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) identifies, promotes, and creates opportunities for Indigenous artists to preserve traditional knowledge and advance […]

Community, Culture and COVID-19: Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto

In COVID-19, many of us are choosing to avoid the hospital in order to ease the burden on frontline healthcare workers and limit our exposure to the virus. But life does not stop, and births continue to happen. Midwives are highly skilled primary health care providers who provide sexual and […]

Mental Health and COVID-19: Breakaway Addiction Services

  In our third research brief, we discuss Toronto’s growing mental health crisis amid COVID-19. The pandemic’s impact is being referred to as a “tsunami” hitting the mental health and addictions sector. Breakaway Addiction Services provides seamless, comprehensive and effective harm reduction services and a full range of addictions treatment […]

Research Brief: COVID-19 and the repercussions for mental health in Toronto

  Concerns about mental health appear to be growing as the pandemic unfolds. Multiple sources indicate that the situation is producing a mental health crisis in Canada and abroad: Mental health related searches on the 211 Central Region website increased by 151% from the first to the third weeks of […]

Toronto Foundation Fundholders spring into action for COVID response

  “This is a moment where anyone who has capacity to give should be listening, learning, and responding, even if it means giving or supporting in an entirely new way.”  – Zahra Ebrahim, Toronto Foundation Fundholder “Canada welcomed my parents when other countries were closing their borders to refugees. Now […]

Food Insecurity and COVID-19: The Stop Community Food Centre

    As we reported in our latest research brief, there is an imminent food crisis in Toronto amid COVID-19. As one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop Community Food Centre offers a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills, and promote […]


  The Better Toronto Coalition was started to do two things: share the stories of frontline organizations addressing the crisis and encourage direct financial support; create a central fund for donors that want to pool their giving. The following organizations have received grants from the Better Toronto Coalition Fund.   […]

Better Toronto Coalition Hub

The impacts of COVID-19 are not being felt equally. Thousands of Torontonians have lost their jobs. Many part-time and temporary workers are facing the impossible question of whether to pay for food or rent. Some are visiting a food bank for the first time ever. Those with mental health challenges […]

COVID-19: Toronto Foundation’s Operations in the Weeks Ahead

Published Monday March 16, 2020 Starting Monday March 16 and for the foreseeable future, Toronto Foundation staff will be working remotely. We’ve made the decision carefully based on public health recommendations to create some social distance in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that this […]