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Equity-informed responses to COVID-19

For up-to-date information on the virus, please visit the Government of Canada’s outbreak update page. To learn more about regional responses in your province or territory, please visit the respective website for your area’s health authority.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at a rapid pace across the world, equity and solidarity need to be beacons in a values-driven global response.

Our societal responses must be infused with the knowledge that COVID-19 will swiftly follow and amplify lines of existing inequities.

For this reason, our decisions and actions must consistently place equity at the core.

Equity-centred resources

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We will be updating this page with resources related to health equity and the social determinants of health that are of relevance to Canadian public health.

If you would like to contribute a resource to this page or have questions, please contact us.

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Online conversation series on COVID-19, health equity and the determinants of health

To support equity-informed responses, the NCCDH is hosting a series of community conversations on the topic. This is an opportunity for the public health field to explore equity-informed responses through action on the social and structural determinants of health. The conversations will connect practitioners with a diverse range of trusted experts and provide an opportunity to share experiences, resources, questions and solutions-focused ideas.

Conversations will be held every Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET) throughout April. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and adapt our response.

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COVID-19 resources from other National Collaborating Centres

National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health

Environmental health resources for the COVID-19 pandemic

This topic page has been created to promote key COVID-19 resources to environmental health practitioners and related professions. The NCCEH is actively collecting and curating resources from more than 50 Canadian and international public health agencies, and will be promoting those resources via social media and by providing the essential resources on this topic page. This information is current to the date at the bottom of the page.

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy

Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Resources

The NCCHPP has prepared a list of relevant resources on various ethical issues linked to COVID-19, each with a brief synthesis of what you will find in the document. The resources are organized by category (ethics frameworks and guidance for pandemics and public health emergencies, equity, Indigenous health, etc.).


National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health

Updates on COVID-19

The NCCIH will be frequently updating their website and social media channels to provide reliable, accurate and up-to-date information as well as information sources in relation to COVID-19 in response to the rapidly evolving global pandemic. These updates will relate to official public health guidelines and any information specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities.

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases

Podcast: Infectious Questions: What health professionals need to know about 2019-nCoV and COVID-19 

To support public health knowledge translation during the current outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, NCCID is releasing a Q+A podcast series for public health professionals and health care practitioners in Canada. Listener submissions and feedback will drive podcast topics.


​National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

Rapid evidence reviews on COVID-19

The NCCMT wants to share knowledge quickly as it becomes available. To help in this effort, they are compiling research questions for rapid evidence reviews related to COVID-19 that are currently in development by Canadian public health organizations. To contribute, share your contact information and the topic of your review here.


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General educational information

Health equity and the structural, social, political, cultural and Indigenous determinants of health



General educational information

Visit the Government of Canada website for information for health professionals and related guidance documents.

Multilingual information available for the public

  • Information about Covid-19. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 2020.
    [Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Nishnaabemwin (Eastern Ojiwe), English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), Oji-Cree, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Swampy Cree, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese]
  • Novel Coronavirus fact sheet. Washington State Department of Health. 2020
    [Amharic, Arabic, Bangla (Bengali), Chinese – Simplified, Chinese – Traditional, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Punjabi (Indian), Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese)]

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Health equity and the structural, social, political, cultural and Indigenous determinants of health


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Addressing misinformation

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Equity and pandemic planning, response and recovery

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Housing and Homelessness

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Income, employment and work

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Indigenous Peoples

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Mental health and wellbeing

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Vulnerable populations

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