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What are community health centres?
Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit organizations that provide primary health care for individuals, families and communities.
COVID-19 Resources & Information
You may have lots of concerns and questions about COVID-19. We have collected some trusted resources to help you find a reliable answer.
What is a Community Hub?
You will find community hubs in most neighbourhoods. They are public spaces that offer multiple community services under one roof.
Who should get a flu shot?
Fact sheets from the Ministry of Health on who should get a flu shot and why.
What is community-based health care?
Community-based health care is for people of all ages who need health care assistance at home. Community care services include home support, nursing, physiotherapy and other rehabilitation services.
What is Public Health?
Public Health units are responsible for the protection and promotion of health and wellbeing of the general public. Public Health aims to improve the overall health of the population.
What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19?
Latest information sheets in various languages of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Where can I get medical help if I don't have a family doctor?
If you do not have a family doctor, you can get medical help from a walk-in clinic, Community Health Centre (CHC), Telehealth Ontario, or a doctor housecall service.
Where can I find low-cost health care?
If you don't have OHIP, you can get free or low-cost health care at a Community Health Centre (CHC).
What resources are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing?
There are different types of supports and services available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as their families. If you think that you may have hearing loss the first step is to have your hearing assessed.
COVID-19: Reopening Schools and Child Care Centres
Learn how Ontario is keeping students and staff safe during the 2020-21 school year and what to expect if there is a COVID-19 case in your child’s school. This guide is available in many languages.
Can I get a flu shot (vaccine)?
Ontario has a universal flu immunization program. This means that people who live, work or attend school in Ontario can choose to get the flu shot (vaccine) for free.
Where can I get health care if I don't have OHIP?
If you don't have a health (OHIP) card, you might be eligible for services at a Community Health Centre (CHC). Some doctors accept patients who have private health insurance or who pay for services.
I have been exposed to COVID-19. How do I quarantine at home?
People with COVID-19 do not always recognize their early symptoms. Even if you do not have symptoms now, it is possible to transmit COVID-19 before you start showing symptoms or without ever developing symptoms.
Ontario Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Program
The Ontario government has developed a three-phase plan to receive, store, and administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Ontario residents as soon as they are received.
Newborn Screening Ontario
This multilingual document provides information on newborn testing. All babies in Ontario are tested for rare disorders in order to reduce the possibility of health problems later in life.
What vaccinations does my child need?
These are the proper vaccinations your children must obtain before attending school in Ontario.
Tenant Rights: Bed Bugs
This article has information about your rights as a tenant in Ontario, if you find bed bugs in your home. From the Government of Ontario. Available in more than 25 languages.
Services for Children Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
Ontario’s Blind – Low Vision Early Intervention Program is designed to give children who are born blind or with low vision the best possible start in life. Specialized family-centred services are funded by the province and are available for children.
Who is at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19?
COVID-19 can make anyone sick, some Canadians are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes because of their age or if they have other medical conditions.
About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some can infect animals, and some can infect humans. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first identified in December 2019 and declared a global pandemic in March 2020.
Why should I wear a mask or face covering?
The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your household. When you do go out, you must use a face covering in public indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Health Canada has authorized the use of COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Both vaccines have been tested in large clinical trials to ensure they meet safety standards, and both have been licensed and approved by Health Canada.
How do I isolate at home with COVID-19?
Isolation means staying at home when you are waiting for your test results or you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It is currently mandatory for you to isolate yourself if you return from travel outside Canada.
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus with prevention measures. This article contains information from Toronto Public Heath.