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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, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO))

Stay home and stay informed with government information on our battle with the 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)."


  • December 2019, this new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China
  • January 30, 2020, WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • February 11, 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19
  • March 11, 2020, WHO characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic 
(Source: World Health Organization (WHO))



Public health services

Updates from Governments & WHO

Click the different tabs to see key links to government resources at the municipal, provincial, national, and international level. (Courtesy of Gerstein Science Information Center, UTL)

Below are governmental and intergovernmental agencies at the municipal, provincial, national, and international level.

For additional governmental resources, please see

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Travel advisories and emergency assistance