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Research Guides

Canadian government information

A guide to resources available to the University of Toronto community for Canadian government information prepared by Sam-chin Li, University of Toronto Libraries



"You cannot fight a fire blindfolded" (Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO)

Stay informed with government information on our battle with COVID-19


COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus.

"Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019." (Q&A, WHO)

Updates from Governments & IGOs

Public health & mental health services

Outbreak updates


[See also WHO Timeline, WHO's response, PHAC TimelineEmergency Measures TrackerCOVID-19 Announcements, Intervention Timeline and Coronavirus News Updates]

December 2019

January 2020

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October 2021

Arts, culture & tourism

Audits & analysis

Border control & travel

Business, workers & workplace

Data, publications & ATI requests

Economics & finance

Food & agriculture

Government responses

Check Media resources for the most up-to-date responses from the governemnts.

Guidance documents & statements

Health care systems & health professional

News releases:


Immigration & refugee

Indigenous communities

International engagements & efforts

Legislative & other measures

Origins of COVID-19

Parents, children & students

Parliaments, Legislative Assembly, City Council

Public health management, PPE, medical devices

Reopening & recovery

Research & development

Telecommunication, transportation & trade

Testing & contact tracing

  • Serological antibody tests
  • COVID-19 Seroprevalence report (Canadian Blood Services)
  • Wastewater testing
  • Contact tracing, digital tools & apps
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Government of Ontario)
  • Vaccines / Immunization

  • COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario (Vaccination data included)
  • City of Toronto
  • Variants of concern (VOCs)

    Vulnerable people & congregate living

    Youth, students & young adults